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If you have a sinus infection, it’s likely you’re suffering from eye pain, too. But why is this? And what causes a sinus infection in the first place? Better yet, how do you treat one, once you have it? Find out all the answers to these common questions – and more – in today’s post, brought to you by our London experts.


So, what is a sinus infection?


It’s an infection of the sinuses, a system of air-filled cavities behind the structures of the face (such as the forehead and cheekbones). Your sinuses can become infected due to a condition like a cold or the flu. While sometimes this clears up on its own, in some cases, it worsens – and it may also reoccur.

A green eye (sinus infection can impact eyes)

Why do my eyes hurt with a sinus infection?

Your sinuses help to drain away mucus through the nose. Mucus is a substance your body creates to try and trap pollutants, irritants, dirt, bacteria and more, to prevent these foreign bodies from entering your systems. When infected, your sinuses can become swollen and inflamed, and the mucus can block their channels. This causes pain, irritation and more.


What are the symptoms of sinusitis?


A common one is a pain around the eyes, cheeks and forehead, but you might also have problems with your nose – like congestion or loss of smell. Finally, a fever and headache are also fairly typical. Some people may develop toothaches and bad breath (halitosis).


Woman with sinusitis in Harley Street, London ENT

How can I manage the problem?


There is a lot you can try at home, from drinking more water to using a humidifier to moisturise your sinuses. You can also use a nasal spray, salt water gargle or over-the-counter medications.


Can I get sinus treatment?


Yes. As an ENT specialist, Dr. Jon Hughes can help with sinus treatment, including sinus surgery. Sinus surgery can help to widen these cavities to prevent them from becoming blocked and help improve ventilation. Some people may also develop small lumps (polyps) in their noses from chronic inflammation, which can also be treated with sinus surgery.


What’s my next step?


If you’re concerned about repeated sinus infections, want help and advice, or simply need a second opinion, Dr Jon Hughes can help. Talk to our team today to book a personal consultation and find out which treatments might work for your unique case. As a specialist ENT in London, Dr Jon Hughes works alongside his dedicated team to restore his patients’ quality of life through results-driven medical treatments.