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Sinus Pressure Affecting Vision
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
Woke up this morning with bad cold and sinus pressure which comes and goes. Sometimes my vision seems blurry when sinuses are bad. Is this normal?
Chronic Allergies: Your symptoms are likely due to chronic allergies and as long as you are effectively managing your allergies, your symptoms will be under control. Blurry vision with exacerbation of the allergic reaction is normal. Talk to your doctor about eye drps for your allergic conjunctivitis. ...Read more
I have sinus pressure, no congestion, stiff neck, some blurred vision. Not as bad in the morning or evenings. Its been going on for a little over a mo?
Infection: This sons if it may be a chronic sinus infection I was just to see if physician and get a definitive diagnosis ...Read more
Episodes of Dizziness, (not vertigo), lightheaded, vision going black at times, brain fog. Occas sinus pressure, normal sinuses w/ otoscope. Cause of sx?
Otoscope?: An otoscope can't visualize the sinuses. Go see your doctor to see what additional testing might be indicated. ...Read more
Migraine?: Sinus pressure is tricky. Basically, the front of the head and face is not just the sinuses. For a 16 year old, my first thought is you might have migraines. Allergy can cause some facial pressure. In general, sinus infections are rare and doctors frequently mistakenly prescribe antibiotics for what you are describing. See a good Ear Nose and Throat doctor! ...Read more
Depends: Sinus pressure is caused by a difference in pressure between the sinus cavity and the outside world. The drainage pathway of the sinuses are narrow. When swelling occurs in the nasal cavity, this becomes blocked. Reversing the swelling will allow for the pressure to equalize. Knowing the cause of the swelling helps determine what works best - uri, allergy, infection, etc. ...Read more
It depends: If you have an infection then antibiotics may be needed. See your doctor. In the meantime, saline sprays, antihistamines, and decongestants may be helpful. Check with your doctor before taking decongestants because they have side effects especially if you have heart, blood pressure and thyroid issues. ...Read more
Sinus pressure: Hello, daily sinus pressure may point to an underlying blockage or narrowing of the sinus outflow tracts. I often recommend a 10 day course of ibuprophen with faring nasal spray for 5 days only. If you are able to take the ibuprophen, the anti-inflammatory properties will help reduce the swelling in these narrow drainage pathways. Saline nasal spray may also help. ...Read more
How do you know you have sinus pressure? Is the pressure under the eyes, between the eyes or above the eyes or in the middle of the head? Correct diagnosis comes first and if there is nasal discharge that is yellow, it can be cultured and an appropriate antibiotic given.
The gold standard of diagnosis of sinusitis is a cat scan. My emphasis is on getting a diagnosis before treatment. ...Read more
Hyponasal speech...: Can be due to nasal and sinus congestion. Swelling inside the nose due to the common cold or allergies or even a sinus infection can lead to less air flow through the nose resulting in a nasal voice (hyponasal) as if you're speaking while holding your nose shut. Sinus pressure can also be due some of the above causes, so yes you may have both symptoms as a result of nasal congestion. ...Read more
Depends: The symptom is caused by a difference in pressure between the sinus and the outside world. When swelling occurs in the nasal cavity, the drainage pathway becomes blocked. Reversing the swelling allows for the pressure to equalize. Knowing the cause of the swelling helps determine what works best - uri, allergy, infection, etc. Generally Hypertonic Saline and nasal steroids work well. ...Read more
Saline rinses: Wash your nose with salt solution, use decongestants and anti-inflammatory medications. These will promote drainage of the sinuses. Drink plenty of fluids, and Mucinex (guaifenesin) type medications may help as well. Ask your doctor for a prescription for a nasal steroid spray if you are still bothered. ...Read more
What to do if I have terrible sinus pressure. None of the medicine seems to be working. Any good ways to relive it?
Headache not sinus: The sinuses get blamed for a lot of symptoms they do not cause. Better to think of yourself having a pressure headache and look for possible causes which may include the sinuses. Far more common is muscle spasm from tension and jaw clenching or migraine. If you chew gum - stop. Advil (ibuprofen) or alleve can help, see your doctor or an ENT specialist if you want to better evaluate your sinuses. ...Read more
Sinus headache: Hello. We ENT doctors sometimes find it very difficult to differentiate a sinus headache from a migraine or tension headache. Each may present in a similar fashion. See your ENT doctor who can carefully review your symptoms and perform a detailed exam. You may or may not have a sinus driven headache. Good Luck ...Read more
Barotrauma: Just as the middle ear requires pressure equalization when a change in gravity occurs (as in an airplane or scuba diving), the paranasal sinuses require the pressure inside these air containing cavities to be equal to the outside atmospheric pressure. If a sinus cavity is blocked by inflammation, there is a negative pressure in that cavity, just as in et blockage. Sounds like you have sinusitis. ...Read more
Not necessarily: If you are having an acute episode of sinusitis, a viral upper respiratory tract infection, or allergies, you may have nasal congestion and sinus pressure. You can get sinus pressure without the nasal symptoms if you have a chronic infection or blockage with changes in pressure. ...Read more
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