Ear Infection or Sinus Infection?


Ear and sinus infections are common conditions that can cause discomfort and pain. 

However, it can be challenging to differentiate between the two, as some of the symptoms overlap. 

Let us help you understand the symptoms of ear vs sinus infections and when to see an ENT doctor in Dubai to help you find the proper treatment.

Differences between ear infection vs. sinus infection

Ear and sinus infections are two distinct conditions that can affect different parts of the head but can also be interconnected. Both conditions have common symptoms, making it difficult to distinguish between them. Here are some of the differences between an ear infection vs. sinus infection:

Sinus Infection Symptoms

Sinusitis, a sinus infection, occurs when the sinus passages become inflamed and swollen. Here are some common sinus infection symptoms:

Facial pain or pressure: Sinus pain is typically located in the forehead, cheekbones, and behind the eyes.

Nasal congestion: A blocked nose and difficulty breathing through the nose are common sinus infection symptoms.

Postnasal drip: Excess mucus production can cause mucus to drain from the back of the nose down the throat, leading to a sore throat or cough.

Headaches: Sinus headaches are often accompanied by facial pressure or pain.

Loss of sense of smell: Inflammation in the nasal passages can cause a loss of sense of smell.

Nausea: Sinusitis can cause nausea and even vomiting, especially if it is severe.

Treatment includes – 

 Use a humidifier or nasal rinse. 

  • Medications include saline nasal sprays, nasal decongestants, corticosteroid injections, oral medications or nasal sprays, and aspirin sensitivity treatments. Antibiotics are given to fight bacterial infections.  Immunotherapy is recommended for the treatment of allergic sinusitis. Here, certain injections are made that reduce the effect of specific allergens on the body.  
  • Sinus surgery is recommended in chronic cases resistant to treatment and medication. Doctors may use endoscopic sinus surgery to examine the sinuses. Surgery for chronic sinusitis is done to clear nasal congestion or widen blocked sinuses.

Ear Infection Symptoms

An ear infection, called otitis media, is a common condition, especially in children. The symptoms of an ear infection include:

  • Ear pain: The pain can be severe and worsen when lying down.
  • Difficulty hearing: The inflammation and swelling in the ear can cause temporary hearing loss.
  • Fever: A fever is the most common sign of an ear infection.
  • Ear drainage: A yellow or white fluid may drain from the ear canal.
  • Ear Pain from a Sinus Infection

Sometimes, people experience sinus infections and nausea, leading to ear pain, because the nasal cavities and ears are connected by a small channel called the Eustachian tube. When the sinuses become inflamed or swollen, they can pressure the Eustachian tube, leading to ear pain and discomfort. Other symptoms may include temporary hearing loss, ear fullness or pressure, and ear ringing.

Treatment of ear infections 

  • Usually, mild ear infections can go away without medical intervention. Symptoms may decrease by:
  • Wrap a warm cloth around the affected ear.  Using over-the-counter pain relievers, ear drops or decongestants. 
  • Chronic ear infections are usually treated with antibiotics. If conventional treatments fail, surgical options may be considered. 
  • The surgical process involves draining the accumulated fluid by inserting a tube into the ears or removing enlarged adenoids.

When to See a Doctor for Sinus or Ear Infection

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, seeing a doctor for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment is essential. You should see a doctor if:

  1. Your symptoms last longer than ten days or worsen over time.
  2. You experience severe pain or swelling.
  3. You have a high fever.
  4. You have a history of frequent sinus or ear infections.
  5. You experience nausea or vomiting.

Consult Dr Peter Baptista Jardin - The leading ENT Doctor in Dubai

If you are experiencing sinus or ear infection symptoms, seeing an ENT doctor for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment is essential. 

Dr Peter Baptista Jardin is one of the most sought-after ENT doctors in Dubai, with years of experience treating sinus and ear infections. 

He offers a range of treatments, including medication, surgery, and other therapies, to help relieve your symptoms and promote healing. He employs improvised techniques for treating various ailments of the ears, nose, and throat.

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 Dr Peter Baptista Jardin

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Dr. Peter Baptista Jardin is an ENT specialist with a special interest in treating sleep apnea. He is a revered expert in Spain for performing the first ever robotic transoral surgery in 2011, and the only series of hypoglossal nerve stimulation proved revolutionary for obstructive sleep apnea treatment worldwide. He currently serves as an ENT doctor in Dubai’s Al Zahra Hospital.