Our faces are full of individual parts that make a whole, and, much like a puzzle, they are all connected to each other in one way or another. Some may notice if they feel a sinus infection, an earache or even a sore throat that it is often accompanied by a symptom in another part of the facial region. One of the main culprits for feeling this way is the sinuses. The sinuses are located all throughout the face – in the cheeks, near the ear, behind the eye, and in the forehead and nose. Problems in the sinuses can cause facial pressure, feeling of fluid or fullness in the ears, and even eye pain.
Since sinuses are located behind the eye and near the inner corners of the eyes it is possible that eyes can be affected by infections in the sinuses. When the sinuses get infected and full, the body naturally tries to flush the infection and get it out of the sinuses. Along with this, the proper flow of mucus is blocked, causing feelings of pressure and pain where the sinuses are found. The pressure behind the eyes is a good indication of a sinus infection. In some cases, an infection of the sinus can spread to the eye.
Pressure in the face is never ideal, and should not be taken lightly. It is recommended that if facial pressure persists for a week, visit a doctor so that the best form of treatment can be administered. An Ear Nose and Throat doctor (ENT) can help provide care that can help treat the eyes if they are irritated by the sinuses, or can send the patient in the right direction if the eyes are affected by allergies. Some people may try over the counter allergy medications or decongestants and others may prefer to visit a doctor and possibly get antibiotics. For lasting relief, the sinuses can be drained with a minimally invasive procedure, like the balloon sinuplasty. Regardless of what path one takes, consulting a doctor is important before taking any further steps.
The puzzle pieces that make up our face can impact one another. It is vital to pay attention to how our bodies feel and the symptoms that may indicate a problem. The first step to getting healthier is staying healthy. So if there’s pressure in the face and eyes, irritation or infections, pay attention and take the steps necessary to get on the road to recovery.