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The most common cause of facial pressure, pain, yellow or green nasal drainage and fever is due to a virus. This type of infection is self limited, usually lasts 7-10 days and does not require antibiotics. Many causes of facial pain and pressure are not related to the sinuses but can be due to migraines, other forms of headache or nerve pain (neuralgia). It can also be tooth related. Allergies can cause pressure in the face and nose and nasal drainage also. Bacterial infection of the sinuses is probably accounts for less than half the causes of facial pain symptoms.

Last updated on February 13, 2010 by Web Manager