Sinus Infections

Top 3 Reasons Why the Bridge of your Nose Hurts

January 15, 2020

5 minutes

When the bridge of your nose hurts, it can be hard to focus on anything else. While many people find that their nose pain is caused by the nose pads on their glasses being too tight, others may be struggling with health issues.

There are actually several potential reasons why the bridge of your nose hurts, some more common than others. Discover the top 3 reasons why you may be experiencing pain in the bridge of your nose, explore your treatment options, then call a sinus doctor in Houston at Kaplan Sinus Relief today.

1. Ethmoid sinusitis

 Most of us have heard of sinus infections/sinusitis, but did you know that there are multiple sinuses (air-filled cavities) and that the severity of the sinus infection in any of those cavities helps determine the symptoms you may face?

For example, when your frontal sinuses (located in the forehead) and maxillary sinuses (located behind the cheekbones and along the upper jaws) are infected, they can cause a sinus infection headache or pain and tenderness in the cheeks and jawline, respectively.

The ethmoid sinuses are located on either side of the bridge of your nose and are actually comprised of small pairs of air cells. Thus, one of the symptoms of ethmoid sinusitis is pain in the bridge of the nose.

If you suspect you have ethmoid sinusitis, it’s best to seek treatment as soon as possible. Both the maxillary and frontal sinuses drain through the same passageways as the ethmoid sinuses. When the ethmoid sinuses are blocked, then, a sinus infection can quickly grow worse, and the longer you wait, the more likely you are to face additional untreated sinusitis symptoms.

2. Trauma

Perhaps this goes without saying, but one thing you should ask yourself if the bridge of your nose hurts is whether or not your nose has recently suffered any trauma.

Most nose trauma occurs during sports accidents, car accidents, fights, or falls. Trauma to your nose can cause it to swell, creating the sensation of a stuffy nose and often making it difficult to breathe.

Before you head to the hospital, keep in mind that most doctors will want you to wait for your swelling to go down to better diagnose the state of your nose. That’s one reason why those who suspect that the bridge of their nose hurts because of trauma might be tempted to brush off their symptoms.

However, if the pain in the bridge of your nose is accompanied by fever and light yellow/clear pus drainage, then visit your doctor as soon as possible, as this fluid might be cerebrospinal fluid.

3. Nasal furunculosis

Nasal furunculosis is the infection of the area in your nose in which your nasal hairs are found. In addition to causing the bridge of your nose to hurt, it is often accompanied by crusting, discharge, and swelling.

Nasal furunculosis can either be an after-effect of another respiratory infection or the result of excessive nose picking or nose blowing. When it occurs, it can feel as though there is a large pimple or blister in your nose. Your doctor will likely prescribe antibiotics as treatment.

Other potential reasons why the bridge of your nose hurts

Your glasses fit incorrectly: Both the most common and innocuous reason for the bridge of your nose to hurt. If you are unable to adjust your eyeglasses on your own, visit your local optician.

Perforation of the nasal septum: A septal nose perforation is a hole found in the nasal septum (the cartilage that “splits” your nasal passage into two separate nostrils). You can have a nose perforation your whole life and never know it, but you can also receive one as the result of trauma, rhinoplasty, drug use, and cancer.

Sarcoidosis: Sarcoidosis is the chronic growth of granulomas and/or lumps of inflammatory cells, and is thought to be an exaggerated response on the part of the immune system to allergens and other irritants. The vast majority of sarcoidosis cases occur within the lungs, but there have been cases reported within the nose, which can lead to pain in the bridge of the nose.

When the bridge of your nose hurts, visit Kaplan Sinus Relief

It can be alarming to not know why you’re in pain, even if that pain is in the bridge of your nose. At Kaplan Sinus Relief, we can help you discover why the bridge of your nose hurts and explore your options for finding relief.

In particular, if you are struggling with chronic ethmoid sinusitis, balloon sinuplasty in Houston may help.Balloon sinuplasty is a minimally-invasive, in-office procedure that can provide long-lasting relief from sinus infections in less than 20 minutes. Dr. Kaplan is a pioneer of this revolutionary treatment and has helped thousands of Houstonians return to a life in which they can breathe easily and nasal pain.

Don’t let the pain in your nose become a pain in the neck. Contact Kaplan Sinus Relief online or call us at 713-766-1818 to set up an appointment today.

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