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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. Tim Conrad
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Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis) (Definition)

"Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. "Pink eye" refers to a viral infection of the conjunctiva. These infections are especially contagious among children. Newborns can be infected by bacteria in the birth canal. This condition is called ophthalmia neonatorum, and it must be treated immediately to preserve eyesight. ...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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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

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Sinus infection and pink eye, related?

Sinus infection and pink eye, related?

Yes, possibly: Very common, especially in viral colds-sinuses issues to have eye issues. If symptoms persist seek out care. ...Read more

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If I have bacterial pink eye does that mean I have a sinus infection too?

If I have bacterial pink eye does that mean I have a sinus infection too?

Maybe: Bacterial pink eye is a bit unusual, and should be evaluated by an eye doctor. The organism causing the infection is important to know. ...Read more

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How can you get pink eye if you don't have a cold or sinus infection?

How can you get pink eye if you don't have a cold or sinus infection?

From someone else: If you yourself are not infected with a cold or upper respiratory infection, then you most likely came into contact with someone or something that was carrying the virus. Once you came into contact with the virus you touched your eye and infected it. ...Read more

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What is my back pain from I have had a serious sinus infection for 3 weeks. Currently I am recovering from the sinus infection and pink eye. Since recovery my back has been in chronic pain. I know it is not from coughing or anything and it is not just in

What is my back pain from I have had a serious sinus infection for 3 weeks. Currently I am recovering from the sinus infection and pink eye. Since recovery my back has been in chronic pain. I know it is not from coughing or anything and it is not just in

Most: Most likely you have strained your back from being sick, but rarely infections may spread through your blood to your back and cause an infection in your back. I would recommend being checked out by your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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I am 24 and have been experiencing pain in the back of my right eye. No pink eye or stye present. No sinus infection. Ideas?

See ophthalmologist: Your vision is too precious to fool with and you should make very sure very quickly that nothing is going to damage your eye. Following that, if nothing is found it may be necessary to have an MRI with thin orbital slices done with contrast to determine if there may be a tumor in back of the eyeball. Please go and get evaluated soon. ...Read more

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Had allergies first then turn into cough then bad sinus infection, then pink eye in both eyes. Left side of thoat almost swell shut and painful.

Had allergies first then turn into cough then bad sinus infection, then pink eye in both eyes. Left side of thoat almost swell shut and painful.

Consult your Doctor: I think it is about time you consult your doctor as you seem to have eye infection, sinus infection and throat infection possibly along with allergies. It needs to be evaluated by your physician and get appropriate therapy. Do not smoke. ...Read more

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Conjunctivitis re Sinus infection. Tobramycin drops & Keflex 1 1/2 days now. Time Eyes contagious? Threw out makeup. Don't want to contaminate new.

Conjunctivitis: Did your MD say if it was viral, bacterial? Can you send a photo? Consult with us to determine if you need further evaluation. More info at cremersmd@blogspot. Com ...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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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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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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Can sinus infection that has moved to hurting above eyes cause swelling in one or both arms?

Can sinus infection that has moved to hurting above eyes cause swelling in one or both arms?

Sinus infection: Sinus infections are isolated to the head and neck they never involve the lower extremities unless there is a massive infection that involves the veins that drain the head and neck. In these cases the whole head and neck are swollen as the infection extends to the brachio-cephalic veins that drain into the superior vena cava near the heart. There would be other signs and symptoms. ...Read more

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Saturday woke w/gunk on eye. Cleared when blinked. No pink or itch. Sinus infection. Rx'd Tobramycin 2 drops 3x's day for 7 days. Keflex Enuf drops?

Saturday woke w/gunk on eye. Cleared when blinked. No pink or itch. Sinus infection. Rx'd Tobramycin 2 drops 3x's day for 7 days. Keflex Enuf drops?

Sounds viral: Over all it sounds like a viral infection with both sinus and eyes involved. Bacterial eye infection/conjunctivitis usually have continuous pus like discharge all day. Gunk on eye in the morning is not specific for bacterial infection. Viral infection and allergies can also cause gunk on eye in the morning. Over use of antibiotic to treat viral infection can lead to resistant bacteria later on. ...Read more

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Can a chronic long standing sinus infection cause optic nerve damage? X-ray shows fluid line in eye socket. Problem for years. No medication helps.

Can a chronic long standing sinus infection cause optic nerve damage? X-ray shows fluid line in eye socket. Problem for years. No medication helps.

You need to: Consult with an ENT specialist. You might need surgical correction if you have failed optimum medical treatment. ...Read more

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Can pink eye be caused by a sinus infection? And also, can regular Advil (ibuprofen) help with the sinus infection?

Can pink eye be caused by a sinus infection? And also, can regular Advil (ibuprofen) help with the sinus infection?

No: Pink eye is not associated with a sinus infection but more likely from a viral infection. Advil (ibuprofen) may ease any aches or pains associated with sinusitis but will not cure it. ...Read more

Dr. Corey Clay
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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


Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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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