How to Treat Puffy Eyes from Sinusitis
Sinus infections have a wide range of symptoms. If you are suffering from sinusitis, or a sinus infection, you are most likely dealing with congestion, a sore throat and a headache, but did you know that puffy eyes are also a sign of sinusitis?
The puffy eyes that frequently accompany a sinus infection are usually blamed on a lack of sleep or overall illness. This is not always the case. Sinusitis often leads to puffy eyes, along with a dull ache or feeling of pressure in the eyes. Other lesser-known symptoms of sinusitis include:
- Postnasal drip
- A raspy voice
- Loss of the sense of smell
- Nasal discharge (often yellowish or greenish)
- Bad breath
Most cases of sinusitis are caused by bacterial or viral infections, however, allergies, exposure to pollutants in the air, excessive indoor dryness from your heater or air-conditioner and structural abnormalities of the nose can also be to blame.
What Causes Eye Puffiness With Sinusitis?
When the sinuses that are located just beneath the eyes become inflamed and infected, this can lead to puffiness around the eyes. You may also notice an increased feeling of pressure in the same area.
Inflamed sinuses impact the normal blood flow in the capillaries located behind your eyes and nasal cavities. This creates swollen blood vessels. These swollen blood vessels can also cause your eyes to dilate and darken, making them appear to have dark circles.
Treating Puffy Eyes from Sinusitis
When dealing with puffy eyes from your sinusitis, the following remedies may help:
- Take an over-the-counter decongestant. This can help to fight mucus buildup in the sinuses, reducing eye puffiness in the process.
- Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated can prevent your body from retaining extra liquids, especially in your puffy eye area. Reducing your intake of alcohol and sodium will also keep you hydrated.
- Try an eye massage. After closing your eyes, gently move your ring finger in a half-circle starting from the inside and moving to the outside corner of your eye area. Complete this motion 10-15 times and then repeat on the other side.
- Turn to tea bags. Place two tea bags in hot water for around five minutes, then let the bags cool until you can touch them comfortably. While lying down with your eyes closed, place one tea bag over each eye area and lay a soft cloth on the top. Both black tea and green can help to constrict the blood vessels near your eyes and herbal teas can reduce inflammation and redness.
In many cases, you can significantly reduce or eliminate sinus-related eye puffiness with home remedies or over-the-counter medications, but some cases require professional care.
Where Can I Find Treatment for My Sinus-Related Puffy Eyes?
Sinusitis and accompanying puffy eyes can seem unbearable at times, but a doctor can help you to find relief. Board certified otolaryngologists are specialists who treat ear, nose and throat conditions, and they are well prepared to help you treat your puffy eyes.
Dr. David O. Volpi at ENT NY is a board certified otolaryngologist with over 25 years of experience. He offers a variety of state-of-the-art treatment options at his Upper East Side and Upper West Side offices. He is on staff at the finest hospitals in New York City, including Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, along with Lennox Hill Hospital.
The latest, minimally invasive procedures used to treat sinusitis, sleep apnea and snoring are also provided by Dr. Volpi. He is dedicated to providing his patients with the highest standard of care, utilizing the most advanced technologies to diagnose and treat those under his care.
If you are dealing with sinus problems, including puffy eyes, schedule an appointment at one of our offices by calling (212) 873-6036, or contact us via our web form. Dr. Volpi will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan so that you can experience long-term relief from your sinus woes.
- Posted on: May 24 2016