What Does It Mean If Your Eye Socket Is Sore?


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If you have recently fallen and hit your head or face, or have been punched, or walked into something, you may have damaged the bone of your eye socket, for example, the bone may be fractured. Hitting your face in this way may have also resulted in the bruising of the muscles and tissue surrounding your eye socket, which could be the source of your pain. You should see a doctor if this could be the case, although the chances are that they will just tell you to take painkillers and give the area time to heal.

If you have not recently hurt your face in this way, the tenderness in your eye socket could be due to a sinus infection, sometimes known as sinusitis. If the pain in your eye begins or is intensified by leaning forwards or bending down, your may be due to sinusitis. Other symptoms include headaches, earaches, a blocked nose, a cough, fever and a sore throat. If these symptoms sound like ones you are experiencing, you should see your doctor. Sinusitis can be caused by a number of factors, including allergies, polluted air or infection. It usually clears up without the need for medication, but if your symptoms persist for more than one week, you should consider seeking further medical help.

Pain in and around your eye socket may also be an indicator of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. The temoporomandibular joints are located in front of both ears, at the meeting point of the upper and lower jaw. Problems and pain associated with the temporomandibular joint can stem from grinding of the teeth, continuous nail-biting or gum-chewing, dental problems, stress or injury. You should see you doctor if you feel that you may have a problem that relates to your temporomandibular joint.

Please note that, while this information was given with the best intentions Blurtit and any affiliated companies are not medical bodies. The information of this page is in no way designed to substitute medical advice or attention.

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