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Q: Can Ethmoid Sinuses Infection Cause Ocular Migraine?

I had two ocular migraine episodes within two hours. I have had a dull sinus headache for two weeks. Additionally I moved this year to a different climate which is triggering some allergy issues. Can ocular migraines be caused by allegies/sinus problems?
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Nancy Harris Bonk, Community Member
6/ 6/11 3:07pm

Hi cc,


I'm sorry you are having more Migraine issues since moving. But here's the thing -  Migraine is a genetic neurolgoical disease caused by overactive neurons in our brains and genetics. AND - ocular Migraine is not diagnostic term, rather a descriptive one. That's why it is so important to get an accurate diagnosis. When you get a minute, can read more about this in Ocular, Optical, and Ophthalmic Migraines and The Type of Migraine Does Matter.


So, no a sinus infection does not "cause"  a Migraine attack, but can certainly trigger one. Maybe think of it like this - being overtired and generally run down won't make you get a cold, the cold virus does. Sort of like a Migraine attack. NOt enough sleep, missing meals, dehydration and then a sinus infection (although kind of rare) and BAM  - there is  your Migraine. Does that make sense? 

Here is a link on Sinus Headache for you to take a look at: 

Sinuses Giving You a Headache? It's Probably Migraine.


Good luck




Teena, Community Member
1/ 7/12 10:13pm

I suffer migraines and also suffer chronic sinusitis, each time i get a migraine i usualy have a sinusitis infection. A while ago i was taken to the ER with a bad migraine and 2 days later went to see my doc because my head was still hurting especialy the forehead above and between the eyes, after a CT scan i was told there is an acute infection and every sinus cavity was filled an sinus and migraines are linked with me.



Migraine Sufferer, Community Member
10/31/13 11:54am

I had the same experience.  My ocular migraines increased to the point of 2 or more per day, every day.  I started seeing a Neurologist, who ordered the regular battery of tests and prescribed a very high dose of Topomax which did little more that make me very disoriented.  I had to take a medical leave from my job because of the prescribed Topomax.  Needless to say, I stopped taking that med -- it alone was a horrible and life-impacting experience. It turns out that the CT scan showed acute infection in the sinus cavities.  When that was treated (finally), the migraines and their auras decreased significantly.  Now I know that when the migraine auras come back on a frequent basis, I need to see a doc about sinus infections.


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By cc, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/31/13, First Published: 06/04/11