Causes and Remedies for Sinus Pressure Under the Eyes

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Sinuses are bone cavities of the face performing the functions of filtering and moistening the air, we breathe. They also help in keeping the weight of the skull, light and provide resonance to our voice. A human body has four pairs of sinuses. They are the Ethmoid, Frontal, Maxillary and Sphenoid. The Ethmoid sinuses are located between the eyes. The Frontal sinuses are located on the forehead, the Maxillary sinuses are located near the cheekbones and the Sphenoid sinuses are located deep inside the skull behind the eyes and Ethmoid sinuses. If, for any reason there is an accumulation of mucus in the sinuses, it exerts pressure on the sinus walls. This is called sinus pressure. This could occur due to infection in the sinuses or due to some allergic reactions. A person feels sinus pressure under eyes, in the nose, ear and forehead. Sometimes, the pressure is severe. In most cases with proper rest, medication and intake of fluids, the mucus thins and passes out naturally providing relief from sinus pressure.

Sinus pressure under eyes should not be taken lightly and one should immediately consult a doctor if the symptoms persist beyond 3 days. Doctors might prescribe medicines and steam vapours to reduce congestion and ease pressure. Sinus pressure under eyes usually goes once the mucus is cleared from the sinus. There are many reasons why sinus pressure under eyes might occur. Bacterial or viral infection is one of the most common causes. An infection thickens the mucus blocking the sinus and causes sinus pressure under eyes. Allergies to certain particles in the air we breathe like dust, animal dander, pollen and mould is another reason for causing itching and swelling of the sinus membranes which in turn cause sinus pressure under eyes. There are many remedies to treat sinus and ease sinus pressure under eyes. All or a combination of these will certainly provide relief to the patient. If the infection is bacterial in nature then a course of antibiotics for a week with adequate rest, and steam inhalation should suffice. Over the counter painkillers like ibuprofen and inhalers can provide instant relief from pain and congestion but their intake should be for a limited period only and one should see a doctor in case symptoms persist beyond three days. Gentle face massages with a hot towel are also known to remove mucus blockages and provide relief from pain. In severe cases, doctors might prescribe a dose of steroids or multiple doses, thereafter, to reduce the inflammation of the sinuses and provide relief. In 75 percent of the cases, this mode of treatment is found to be effective against sinus pressure. In some cases, the cause of sinus pressure could be related to allergies. Allergies are nothing but the body’s overly sensitive defence mechanism. In case of allergies after a proper diagnosis, the doctor can prescribe antihistamines or anti allergy shots to the patient. These, slowly make the person immune to allergies and hence to sinus pressure.

Sinus pressure under eyes can affect eyesight. Prolonged duration of severe sinus pressure is known to cause headaches, itchiness, redness and watery eyes, blurred or double vision, partial vision in one or both eyes and ringing sensation in ears. These symptoms are similar to migraine. These symptoms can manifest themselves in case there is damage to the area, surrounding the optic nerve. One should see an experienced eye specialist to know the exact cause of these symptoms. Most often, the symptoms disappear after the sinuses are cleared. In case the symptoms persist, one should avoid delay in getting expert medical advice. The gift of sight is a precious gift and all precautions should be taken to preserve this gift.        

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