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Tooth Infection Eye Problems
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
Yes: A serious sinus infection that breaks through the sinus wall (particularly the ethmoid sinus) can result in a serious orbital infection, which not only can affect eye movement, but also may result in blindness. A nose infection or rhinitis or a cold does not affect eye movement, as it is not invading the eye socket. ...Read more
It could: Any inflammation in the facial area can trigger a migraine. There is a large nerve called the trigeminal nerve which is responsible for the pain. Ocular migraines are likely a variant of this. However, if you are having eye symptoms, do not assume they are related to your teeth or sinuses - get it checked! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: In cases of infected wisdom teeth there can be a region sinus infection in the maxillary sinus that makes up the floor of the orbital cavity where the eye sits. The lower and upper eye lids can become swollen. Severe cases can cause infections that spread to the tissues around the eye. Go to your dentist or the er. Now if you are experiencing this. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sinus/ear infections: Will typically not cause any problems with your eyes. A severe sinus infection could potentially spread into tissues in the socket around your eye and could cause some eye problems if not treated properly. Make sure you take any medication prescribed by your doctor if you have an infection in your sinuses. ...Read more
Yes: True sinus infections can cause eye problems, whether from pressure effect ("pushing" on the structures of the eye) or worst case scenario, by eroding into the orbit (or eye socket). If you have significant eye problems with a suspected or proven sinus infection, you need to see your doctor to be evaluated. ...Read more
Can sinus infection cause tooth infection? Or other way around? Been having headaches and sinus probs. Noticed a tooth abscess while brushing tonight
Possible extension: A true peri-orbital sinus infection (versus congestion or inflammation) may extend to the orbital region causing a peri-orbital cellulitis. Typically seen with maxillary sinus infections. I would recommend a visit to your provider to be sure it is not an extension of the infection versus secondary effects from the medication you are taking or other more benign side effects. ...Read more
Sinus infection from tooth infection doesn't go away with penicillin is tooth treatment needed before sinus and throat are healed?
Treat the tooth: Always treat the source of the pain (tooth in your case) and not the site of the pain (sinus in your case). Good luck. ...Read more
Rarely: Usually it is the other way around. The dental abscess erodes into the sinus. Sinusitis can definitely cause tooth pain As the nerves for your upper teeth run along the floor of the sinus and the pressure and inflammation from the sinus irritate the nerves. If your are having severe tooth pain have your dentist check to make sure there is not a dental problem contributing to your sinus problem. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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