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How to tell the difference between an eye infection caused by a sinus infection or pink eye?

How to tell the difference between an eye infection caused by a sinus infection or pink eye?

When it's caused...: ...By a sinus infection and there's redness and swelling around the eye, that's called periorbital or preseptal cellulitis. When there is no or minimal swelling, but there is redness and pain and maybe discharge, that's pinkeye. Note that you can have both at once, that periorbital cellulitis can happen without a sinus infection, and sometimes it can be hard to distinguish which came first. ...Read more

Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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How can you tell the difference between an eye infection caused by a sinus infection or pink eye?

How can you tell the difference between an eye infection caused by a sinus infection or pink eye?

It's not easy: You can't always know where the infection started. Also, some infections appear very similar to each other. More importantly, viral infections - like pink eye - do not need to be treated, while others - like bacterial eyelid infections - need medication. Knowing the origin does not necessarily help, so it is best to see your eye doctor. ...Read more

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I have swelling of the eyelid, a clear discharge from eye and pain in the general area. Eye dr. Ruled out eye infection. Is this a sinus infection?

I have swelling of the eyelid, a clear discharge from eye and pain in the general area. Eye dr. Ruled out eye infection. Is this a sinus infection?

Infection or allergy: From your description you may be dealing with an allergy or infection of the eyelid. A sinus infection could easily have spread to the eye area. Don't play around go see your ophthalmologist ASAP ...Read more

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When I blink my eye it gets blurry sometimes, can allergies cause this bc I have a sinus infection. And it hurts to press on my right eye?

When I blink my eye it gets blurry sometimes, can allergies cause this bc I have a sinus infection. And it hurts to press on my right eye?

See eye doctor: There are many things that can cause blurry vision. You need an eye exam by an eye doctor to sort this out. Sinus infections can cause some discomfort around the eyes but again you need to see a doctor to sort this out. Eye pain and blurry vision can be signs of a serious problem so please get an eye exam as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause a baby to have yellow eyes?

Can a sinus infection cause a baby to have yellow eyes?

No: Frontal sinuses are located just above the nose and are not formed in an young child; maxillary sinuses that are located on either side of the nose do not get blocked as they have a large opening. So, sinus infections do not happen in infants. Yellow eyes are from jaundice or severe cases of hypercarotenemia. So, if the eyes are yellow, the infant needs to be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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My left eye hurts feels like something is stuck under it, battling a sinus infection could that be the cause?

My left eye hurts feels like something is stuck under it, battling a sinus infection could that be the cause?

Sinus pressure: You most likely have an inflammation of the sinus lining and the sinus may be full of material. This will feel like pressure in the forehead and behind the eye. ...Read more

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Is it possible for pink eye to cause a sinus infection? Can I had pink eye first, now a sinus infection. Can a doctor prescribe something for this??

Is it possible for pink eye to cause a sinus infection? Can I had pink eye first, now a sinus infection. Can a doctor prescribe something for this??

Chicken or Egg: Eye infections will drain into your inner nasolacrimal duct into your nose and sinuses. It is not uncommon to have patients with sinus infections and pink eye. Which one happens first can vary and whether or not one causes the other is sometimes hard to say. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Pack
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Bernard Seif
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Sinusitis (Definition)

Sinusitis is inflammation of the ...Read more