Complications Bacterial sinusitis is nearly always harmless (although uncomfortable and sometimes even very painful). If an episode becomes severe, antibiotics generally eliminate further problems. In rare cases, however, sinusitis can be very serious. Osteomyelitis. Adolescent males with acute frontal sinusitis are at particular risk for severe problems. One important complication is infection of the bones (osteomyelitis) of the forehead and other facial bones. In such cases, the patient usually experiences headache, fever, and a soft swelling over the bone known as Pott's puffy tumor. Infection of the Eye Socket. Infection of the eye socket, or orbital infection, which causes swelling and subsequent drooping of the eyelid, is a rare but serious complication of ethmoid sinusitis. In these cases, the patient loses movement in the eye, and pressure on the optic nerve can lead to vision loss, which is sometimes permanent. Fever and severe illness are usually present. Blood Clot. Blood clots...
Many people self diagnose themselves or are even told by doctors that some of their headaches, especially those that are accompanied by facial pain in the sinus area are "sinus headaches." If you've tried various over-the-counter sinus medications to relieve your sinus headaches to no avail, there may be a good reason... It's probable that you don't have a sinus headache at all. Nearly 9 in 10 people with sinus headache symptoms likely are suffering from Migraines, suggests a study being presented at the 46th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Headache Society (AHS). "It's not surprising that people are convinced they have sinus headaches, because they often have nasal congestion, pressure or pain in the forehead or just below the eyes, and red or puffy eyes... It's guilt by association. Much of the pain or pressure is in the face, on both sides, so it doesn't occur to them that this might be a Migraine." lead investigator E...
Cannot move the eye in a particular direction
Signs and tests
Tests that may be ordered include:
CT scan of the head
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain
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