March 25, 2021

16 Different Causes of Facial Pain and Treatment Strategies

Sinus headaches and chronic sinusitis are very common complaints of patients presenting to an ENT office. However, many patients with such complaints end up having a problem completely unrelated to the sinuses. Indeed, not all facial pain is a sinus issue.


Here are 16 different causes of facial pain from the common to the rare neurologic headaches along with the "typical" pain distributions and general treatment strategies for each. Keep in mind that the pain distributions are generalized and that the individual patient may have a pain distribution that may vary from the idealized textbook image.

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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids.

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