Sinus infection also called sinusitis, is inflammation of the paranasal sinuses that may occur when having an infection, allergy or autoimmune issues. Discuss topics including causes, symptoms and treatments for sinusitis.
Can a sinus infection have no drainage? Or could it be something else?
I have horrible pain and pressure behind and below my eyes, temple and upper cheek area. It feels like someone punched me in the face. I get occasional very sharp shooting pains deep behind my left eye, in my left temple, and ear and jaw areas. The left side of my face is very slightly swollen. The lid/ brow area of both eye is moderately swollen as well. I have no fever, no stuffiness, no drainage no cold or flu for many months. I have a bad case of episcleritis for weeks and have been taking 800mg of ibuprofen and prednisolone drops in eyes every 2 hours. I had a CT and the Dr assistant only said there was slight evidence of sinusitis and they may prescribe antibiotics. I have several drug allergies and really don't want to take anything unless there is evidence of bacteria that this will help. Of course now they aren't even calling me back. If I had an infection wouldn't I have a fever and some sort of drainage or stuffiness in my nose? Would it cause swelling? I wonder if the eye drops could cause the inflammation as it seemed to get much worse about a week after taking them. I need relief NOW.
I feel for you.
It could be allergies, the eye drops, or a sinus infection.
Could be that you're allergic to the eye drops.
I spend 3/4 of the year with pain, stuffiness, etc...without discharge.
Thinking it's allergies, but every time I ask my doctor about sending me in for allergy testing he tells me to look at what the rest of my family is allergic to and then to assume that I have the same allergies...ugh.
The other 1/4 of the year there is infection...infection doesn't normally cause fevers.
Have you had your teeth looked at? Sometimes tooth problems ( impacted, infection,abscess, grinding ) can cause these symptoms.
The things that work for me are:
sinus rinses...you can buy them in every pharmacy.
Claritin allergy spray...but can only be used for three days.
Try hot/cold packs...alternate them.
Thank you! Actually went to the dentist right away and that was fine. I think it was the eye drops that made it worse. Finally, the 3rd doctor, an ENT, I saw suggested I was reacting to a preservative in the drops and that it was fairly common. I guess it is since there are a ton of preservative free drops for sale. I am now using preservative free drops. I am much better. I can't believe no one suggested this BEFORE I paid for a CT! Especially the eye doctor! I cannot believe I suffered though the holidays with this needlessly. Grrr....
If you are not satisfied with the answer your Dr gives you, always get a second opinion. And it is better for that second opinion to be from a specialist as opposed to a general practitioner. Since you were not sure if it was your eye drops, sinuses, or what could be causing it, an ear/nose/throat guy would have been the way to go for sure.
And to TSCHOCK, dump you DR. I would find a top notch allergy doc - life is too short to go around feeling like crap and just treating the symptoms all the time.
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