Can Sinus Infections Cause Puffy Eyes?

A sinus infection occurs when your nasal cavities become infected (via Cleveland Clinic). Also referred to as sinusitis, this condition causes your nasal cavities to become swollen, inflamed, sore. Symptoms of a sinus infection include mucus dripping down the throat, nasal discharge, pressure in the face and head, halitosis, tiredness, cough, and fever.

Because your sinuses are located just below the eyes, a sinus infection can cause swelling and pressure in that area. As a result, you might notice that your eyes seem puffy as well when you are battling an infection (The New York Otolaryngology Group). You can fight puffy eyes, and your other symptoms, with a few tried-and-true remedies. Staying adequately hydrated will help prevent the buildup of mucus in your throat and will encourage drainage. You can also gently massage your eye area to help drain the excess fluids causing your puffy eyes. Placing two tea bags or a warm washcloth on your eyes can also promote drainage and reduce puffiness.

How to fight congestion from a sinus infection

One of the worst parts of a sinus infection is how congested the condition makes you. The same swelling that causes puffy eyes also contributes to an inflamed and sore nose. Congestion can also be caused by allergies, a cold, or the flu (via Everyday Health). A sinus infection can also cause mucus to build up in the nose, which can make it harder, or even impossible, to breathe through your nose.

Over-the-counter medications like nasal sprays and decongestants can be helpful to ease congestion and make it easier to breathe. However, you can quickly become dependent on these drugs if you use them too frequently. Try home remedies when possible and only use medication sparingly when nothing else works. In addition to staying hydrated and applying a warm washcloth to your face, you can also add a humidifier to your room. Dry air can make congestion worse and a humidifier can help you feel better more quickly (via Healthline).