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Sinusitis is a common condition resulting from the common cold. A virus or bacterial infection causes inflammation of the lining of the sinuses behind the cheekbones and forehead. Sinusitis often improves within two or three weeks and is generally easy to diagnose based on its symptoms.

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1. Facial Pain and Pressure

Sinuses are cavities behind the forehead, nasal bones, cheeks, and eyes. Their main purpose is to warm, moisten, and filter the air we breathe in before it goes to the lungs. They are also responsible for opening up space in the bone structure, making the head feel lighter. If the passage connecting the sinuses to the nasal passages becomes plugged, the sinus can no longer drain properly; they accumulate mucus, resulting in a feeling of heaviness in the face and pain from increased pressure on the nerves.

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