A behind-the-eye headache can be painful and often worrisome, as there are a number of conditions that could be causing the sensation. Determining if the source of the pain is simple eye strain or a more complicated sinus infection is crucial when seeking treatment.
Below are some common causes of behind-the-eye headaches.
- Facial pain/pressure
- Cloudy discharge
- Postnasal drip
- Sore throat
- Tooth pain
- Ear pain
- Eye pain
- Bad breath
Most will have symptoms for two to four weeks. If you are still suffering after 12 weeks, you may be experiencing chronic sinusitis.
Sinus infections don’t normally require treatment beyond some over-the-counter pain medication or nasal sprays. ENT doctors also recommend drinking plenty of fluids, getting enough rest and applying a warm compress to the face.
Chronic sinusitis that does not respond to treatment may require surgery.
Migraines are a neurological disease that affect more than 39 million Americans; that’s nearly 12% of the population. The most common symptom of this condition is an extreme pain behind the eye, which can cause light sensitivity and nausea.
This headache can occur when there are changes in the weather, your sleep patterns, eating habits or hormones. Sensory stimuli such as certain smells, loud noises or bright light can also trigger an attack.
Pain medications, either over the counter or prescription-strength, can help relieve some of the discomfort, but they do not address the cause of your symptoms. The best way to treat a migraine is to identify your unique triggers. The most common are caffeine, alcohol, processed meats, chocolate and artificial sweeteners.
Using your eyes too much can lead to them feeling sore, tired and in pain. This occurs when you drive long distances, are exposed to glare, read for long periods of time without a break or if you are dealing with an underlying eye problem. One of the largest culprits of eye strain is overuse of digital devices. Staring at your phone or computer for too long can lead to dry eyes, as your body will forget to blink.
The best treatment for eye strain is to give your eyes a rest and keep them lubricated with artificial tears. To learn more about sinus infection symptoms or to schedule an appointment with an expert, contact ENT & Allergy Partners today.