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What causes pressure pain around eyes and cheek bone after coughing?

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Posted on Sat, 12 Jul 2014
Question: yesterday i was coughing and noticed a little pressure pain around my eye under my cheek bone only when coughing other than that no pain. today no pain when coughing but my right side nostril would leak clear runny discharge occasionally when bending over/leaning forward. now its not clear but brownish in color... should i be worried/
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Answered by Dr. Kerry Pottinger (35 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Not a reason to worry, probably sinusitis.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thank you for using Healthcare Magic. The symptoms you describe suggest you have a sinus infection. This will cause a pain in around the eye and cheekbone when pressure build such as coughing. The brown discharge is infected secretions from the sinuses.
I suggest you take paracetamol and ibuprofen for the pain. Drink plenty of water. Nasal decongestant spray available over the counter may help.
If your symptoms have not improved after 7 days then see your doctor as this would be an indication for antibiotics and steroid drops or a spray.
I hope this is of help. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Regards,
Dr K A Pottinger,
MBChB. FRCA.
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What causes pressure pain around eyes and cheek bone after coughing?

Brief Answer: Not a reason to worry, probably sinusitis. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thank you for using Healthcare Magic. The symptoms you describe suggest you have a sinus infection. This will cause a pain in around the eye and cheekbone when pressure build such as coughing. The brown discharge is infected secretions from the sinuses. I suggest you take paracetamol and ibuprofen for the pain. Drink plenty of water. Nasal decongestant spray available over the counter may help. If your symptoms have not improved after 7 days then see your doctor as this would be an indication for antibiotics and steroid drops or a spray. I hope this is of help. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Regards, Dr K A Pottinger, MBChB. FRCA.