Nasal pain can occur due to numerous factors, including sinusitis, trauma, allergies, or the common cold. Some nasal pain may also be associated with headaches, facial pain, or discomfort in the teeth. Understanding the cause is vital to effective treatment and relief. At Louisiana ENT Specialists, we are committed to providing comprehensive information and support for your health concerns. If your nasal pain persists or becomes severe, it is essential to seek medical attention from experienced ENT specialists. 

Nasal pain and discomfort

Nasal pain, discomfort, or distress felt within the nose area, can manifest differently depending on its root cause. It can range from a slight annoyance to an intense throbbing that disrupts daily activities. Commonly, nasal pain arises from problems within the nasal passages, such as inflammation, dryness, or blockage due to a foreign object. Sinus-related issues like acute or chronic sinusitis, where the cavities around the nasal passages become swollen and inflamed, are also frequent culprits. In addition, the surrounding structures of the nose, including the skin, nerves, and blood vessels, can contribute to nasal pain when affected by conditions like neuralgia or skin infections.

What are the causes of nasal pain?

Identifying the underlying cause is key to managing this symptom. A thorough assessment involving medical history, physical examination, and sometimes further diagnostic tests can help pinpoint the exact cause. Once identified, a tailored treatment plan can be implemented, which may include medication, lifestyle modifications, or, in some cases, surgical intervention. Persistent or severe nasal pain should warrant a consultation with an experienced ENT like those available at Louisiana ENT Specialists. Nasal pain can be attributed to several causes, including:

Sinus infections

Acute or chronic sinusitis can lead to inflammation and pain in the nasal passages.

Nasal trauma

Injuries such as a broken nose, blunt force trauma, or nasal fractures can result in nasal pain.

Nasal polyps

Benign growths that can develop in the nasal passages and cause pain or discomfort.


Allergic reactions to pollen, dust, pet dander, or other allergens can lead to nasal inflammation and pain.

Nasal obstruction

Conditions like a deviated septum or nasal congestion can cause pain due to blocked airflow.

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Symptoms of nasal pain

Nasal pain can manifest with various symptoms, including:

  • Facial pressure: A feeling of pressure or fullness in the face, often around the nose and cheeks.
  • Nasal congestion: Difficulty breathing through the nose due to a stuffy or blocked feeling.
  • Runny or discharge: Excessive nasal discharge or mucus production.
  • Headaches: Frequent headaches, often associated with sinus pain.
  • Throbbing pain: This might be felt inside the nose, on the nasal septum, or in the face and head.
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste: In some cases, you might experience a reduced ability to taste or smell.

Managing nasal pain

The management of nasal pain depends on its underlying cause:

Sinus infections

Treating the infection with antibiotics or other appropriate medications can help alleviate nasal pain.

Nasal trauma

In cases of injuries, medical evaluation and possible surgical intervention may be necessary.

Nasal polyps

Medications or surgical procedures may be recommended to manage or remove nasal polyps.


Identifying and avoiding allergens, along with allergy medications, can help reduce nasal pain.

Nasal obstruction

Surgical correction of structural issues like a deviated septum may be required to relieve nasal pain.

When to seek professional help

If you experience severe or persistent nasal pain, or if other troubling symptoms accompany it, schedule an appointment at a Louisiana ENT Specialists location. You should seek an evaluation if you suffer any of the following issues:

  • Chronic or recurrent nasal pain.
  • Nasal pain following trauma or injury.
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose.
  • Headaches, especially if they are recurrent and associated with nasal pain.
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Why Choose Louisiana ENT Specialists for nasal pain care?

Choosing Louisiana ENT Specialists to manage nasal pain means selecting a team of dedicated ENT specialists with a reputation for delivering high-quality medical and surgical care.

With over 45 years of service and a network of over twenty-five physicians and specialists across six locations in Louisiana, Louisiana ENT Specialists prioritizes a patient-first philosophy. We take the time to understand your unique needs and deliver personalized care to ensure your well-being.

Don't let nasal pain disrupt your life. Contact Louisiana ENT Specialists today to schedule an appointment and find relief from nasal pain-related issues. Our team is here to help you breathe easier and live more comfortably.

With 6 convenient locations around the Louisiana area, we're never far away.

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