Dizziness as A Symptom and Result of Sinus Infection

Sinus infection is one common problem in the air passage causing headache and irritating pain on the face, behind the nose, around the eyes and sometime on the upper teeth. 

Dizziness sinusitisThis can be a result of colds and allergies. People who experience this can also experience fever or flu.



Sinus infection can be associated with dizziness. Dizziness is the state of lightheadedness. It is the feeling of instability that can sometimes cause nausea.

It can be a symptom of sinusitis infection. The patient will feel dizzy when the infection reaches the point of causing migraine and headache. Dizziness can also be caused by the change of vision when the infection is in the maxillary sinus.

The maxillary sinus can be located below the eyes, behind the cheeks. Usually, the infection starts from one side of the maxillary sinus. It can spread through the other sinuses when not treated immediately. Clogged nose can also contribute to the pressure-like pain that he feels behind the nose.

The pain around the eyes and the pressure from the cheeks causes blurred vision. When both sides of the maxillary sinus have infection, there is a tendency that vision from both eyes will also become blurry. There is no need to worry about the change in vision because it will just be temporary until the infection entirely gone.


Will a person experience dizziness when flying with a sinus infection?

sinus-DizzinessFlying with a sinusitis  can also cause dizziness because the pressure of the change of altitude can add up to the pressure-like pain in the face.

The pressure pumps from the inside of your nose may result to migraine and would later make him feel dizzy. It is advisable to take any pain relievers before going to trips to ease the pain for a while.

Taking rest when not feeling well because of sinusitis can do extensive help. Doing activities can just worsen dizziness and sometimes causes nausea. Just lie down and relax.


The pain slowly goes away when the patient is lying down. Pain relievers can give the person temporary relief. The patient can take antibiotics or use home remedies such as steaming to get rid of the infection completely.

Home Remedies to Treat Sinus Infection and Its Effects

Apple Cider Vinegar is also extremely effective in treating the infection. 1 teaspoon of ACVtaken 3 times a day will do a marvellous job of treating the infection in just few days. Onions are also the best steaming buddies because of the sulfur content that is a highly effective antibacterial.

Sinus infection is a particularly common complication. It is not a serious threat to your immune system, but when not treated immediately, it can also result into flu. Taking preventive actions while it is on its early stage will help avoid greater risk.

  • It may just be an easy complication but, it can also become a permanent irritant until he finds himself needing a surgery to stop it from causing disturbance. There are two types of sinusitis. One is a less serious one called acute sinusitis.

The other is a chronic sinus infection that lasts for several months, and if home remedy can no longer cure it, patient needs to undergo surgery to take out the infected tissue.


  1. Thankyou,

    but this is not quite it. I can see where you are getting at.
    My symptoms are very unusual. I have been sick for a very long time.
    But now I constantly experience a lot of sinus headaches, and recently for the past two weeks I have been having quite an amount of dizzy spells. I went to the doctor on a Friday, and then went on to have some blood tests taken, and then on Sunday 7, December just after church, I was talking to someone and all of a sudden I just fell to the floor although I did not faint I was just feeling pretty weak and dizzy and I drink alot of liquids though. I don’t understand whats happening but I really need help. My blood test results are due on Tuesday 9, December.

  2. I have high blood pressure and for a month have been having sinus infection my doctor stated it is coming from the medication amlodipinebesylate. I sometime get diz ziy and I also fell to the floor and could not move. I have started taking a tsp. of vinger daily, it think I have some relief since taking the vinger.

  3. Going through the same situation, congestion type swelling or inflammation in the back of head and feeling dizzy, lack of balance particularly in public situations like grocery stores, etc. These incompetent doctors taking all kinds of scans but no blood test! Just recently one of my nostrils swell up and clear liquid or i guess pus would seep out so I know its an real infection, not a mental situation, purely physical. Im going to demand blood test for this and hopefully get the right medication to clear it out.

    • I was suffering with sinus issues and seeing six doctors this is the stuff I wish I knew before I went to see them . I should of insisted on a nasal smear so the doctor knows what he is fighting and can prescribe RIGHT antibiotics. ENT’s are expensive even with insurance keep a copy recent CAT scan ‘the golden standard’ do not just let them scope your nose over and over and keep billing the insurance 300 to 400 a pop. unless money is no object. Avoid CAT scan over and over it is
      is radiation exposure you do not want to increase risks, you just want to get well! Our risks are already increased just from Fukishima according to blood tests taken in Pacific NW so be mindful. Soon they should have a scanning method that is 100% safe

      Ask to be tested for Beta-2-transferrin to check for CSF leak. My MD ordered right away and MRI it showed a sinus thickening of the right sinus an block , and an infection my ENT ordered a high resolution CAT scan.

      Black mold can cause dizziness and sinus issues. The new illness EMS may cause dizziness and sinus issues, Sinus issues many times are an allergic reaction to something your eating, touching or living or working around. So become aware of your surroundings. A food elimination diet will tell you very quickly and cheaply if your having a food allergy reaction, my doctor believes the food elimination test is the most accurate test you can take to determine food allergies. Nasosympatico is something that I found helpful that is
      if you can find someone that does this works wonders.
      When it comes to surgery see the best surgeon for me it was the medical university, where the medical professors are at

      Wishing all Good Health.

      • This is worth noting, my sinuses were blocked because of scar tissue resulting in dizziness, sinus infection and brain fog, etc..’

        Some times I wonder about MD because it seems when all you have is hammer , then everything looks like a nail , and we all know the medical doctor approach, on this is surgery which may result in more scar tissue, so then what more surgery.

        So I sought out an ND and he told me I should consider 20 to 30 day juice fast to burn scar tissue, and he gave me a check up and drew some blood and sent it to the lab, to make sure I was okay. Then put me strict juice fast, and a drink that keeps your bowels moving and told me to consider serrapeptase to dissolve scar tissue. So this is another method, it is wise to read a few books and see a professional before attempting this. This isn’t for everyone I’m all about a natural route and have enjoyed several juice fast and colonics

    • You could have Meniere’s Disease… Go to an ENT “specialist”..
      I know, I went through many doctors, until I finally found one at Yale in New Haven Ct.
      By the time I was examined , the disease had gone too fat and I need the surgery/

      I wish you well, its not fun to go through////

  4. I started with a flu virus in March 2014 which affected my sinuses and my lungs. I took a total of 3 courses of antibiotics from March until June. I was having dizziness but it seemed to subside until mid August 2014. Since then I have been living in hell and trying to get some answers. I am dizzy and disoriented and feel like I’m going to fall over. When getting up from a horizontal position I need help or I will fall. Have an appointment with an ear nose and throat doctor in three weeks but am terrified of what is happening to me. I have been taking apple cider vinegar. My CT scan shows some mastoid inflammation and chronic maxillary sinus inflammation. My whole life is falling apart and I am scared. I was told this was all from blood pressure and put on meds but I don’t agree. I have had the white coat syndrome for 35 years and that explanation doesn’t explain the constant sinus congestion and cough that I have.

  5. hi, i have been suffering from sinus 3 to 4 years. At first i use to have stuffy nose, fever, and headache. I use to consult an ent doctor and he prescribes me antibiotics and some alergy tabs. Later on after 3 to 4 months this issue will comeback, again same medicns after freequent counsulting i switchd to ayurveda, in ayurvedic treatment also i am not able to find a permenent cure. Now at present i found myself by reading many articles that my immunity power is lower, so i started having garlic pills, and i am feeling relif from headache stuffy nose and fever. But i am having dizines all of sudde, itz still continuing And heavy sleep. Please help me

    • Your iron is low. You need to take daily iron, for a couple months and it should get better. Same thing was happening to me and it was my iron levels depleted. God Bless .

    • i have a very sinusitis infection with yellow discharge when i get to turn my head back in right, then from the left side the yellow discharge comes out, it is sticky the more i turn the more it comes, whilst stay in that position more comes, liquid and yellow, when the temperature changes i get this sensation of sinus, and like this substance wants to come, i sneeze my nose but nothings comes while standing, but if i turn my head upside down especially left to right back ward it comes again, yesterday i felt very very dizzy, i was tripping and felt so tired, i thought i need some food part of it was right, and more drinking water.
      i have been told that i should irrigate my nose with chamomile tea, mixed with sea salt, and a 4 drops of lemon, or lime juice, i did that long time ago and did helped, this has to be several times every night, it is painful but it will clean. Long time ago a i had a very bad cold when i was a teen ager i was so desperate that i took a dropper and put pure lemon juice, through my nose, i did burn so bad for 2 or 3 minutes, but after that all the irritation finished, i called the atomic relief. i do not recommend to do this but it helped me. I did this because one time my friend and i were playing and i felt i had a bad cut in my hand with a roosted metal it was very bad, my great friend paco took me to his home and then he prepared all this lemon juice he came and put my hand and washed in the water, after that he said now here it comes he drop all that lemon juice that it burned like hell but did cauterized the cut so quick, after few days at the ocean tropical ocean he took me to the water and said open your hand every day in the ocean waters, and quick relief i was cured. I REPEAT I DO NOT RECOMMEND TO DO THIS but this helped me. i am about t try again the drops in my ear with all i just told.

      • i also recommend to cut some eucalyptus leaves and wash them gentle with water, then, wrap them in a handkerchief or clean teeshirt squeeze them and smell that through the shirt or handkerchief, put also few under your pillow.
        also the hot steam water with eucalyptus oil helps. with pepper mint, or spear mint.

        • i also recommend not to over use the electric heather or heather of your home, just keep it in the regular temperature nor higher, that can cause serious problems the heather too hot. if you have a good thermostat best like the new ones.

  6. Hello,

    Months back i had a vertigo attack and it was diagnosed by the doctor that my sinus liquid caused ear imbalance as i had lightheadness everyday and slight nausea when i focus my eyesight for almost 2 months. There was also a dull pain on the back of my skull then. It stopped after i took 10 days of antibiotics followed by 2 weeks of rest.

    A few days back i felt sudden chills immediately after i touch down from air flight and started school the next day. One day after, i experienced a mild fever and lightheadedness followed by pain behind my skull when i bend my body over. I also experienced pain when i look up with my eyes, 180 degrees to the left and right. Is this acute sinusits or sphenoid sinusitis? Or is it a totally different illness? My mucus from my throat is white in color and i have started taking ACV in small amount with honey for two days. The lightheadedness and pain on head and eyes persists and now im slightly feeling uncomfortable. Is this acute or chronic? I have sinus issue(nose blockage) since young and only now do i face such issues. I would appreciate much advice from you thank you

  7. Hi there,

    After 8 years of battling recurrent dizziness, headache…… etc. i will go for endoscopy sinus surgery which i thought will end my long nightmare.
    wish every one to stay healthy and wealthy. pray for me.

  8. My dizziness has resulted from hayfever. However after using a steam iron, I also noticed a further increase in sinus pain and dizziness. The doctor prescribed a nasal spray for the hayfever only. I believe if the hayfever goes, the sinusitis will be allieviated.

  9. Well I been having the same problem for over 3 years I’m a 24 year old male I have a lot of symptoms from headaches to pressure in my eyes but what I’m more worry about its always been dizzy everyday. I feel like I can’t walk with the dizziness come nauseous an tier all the time I feel trap I really don’t do anything just stay home it’s getting me depress I when to a couple of doctors they gave me medicine sprays nothing seems to work. They told me I need a ear specialist to see what’s going on if its vertigo or idk..anyone else feeling like this have you found anything to make you better I want my life back I had blood work they said I have allergies to mold I also feel like if I having a fever with soar trout everyday I’m at the point that idk what to do I been told to check my blood pressure it’s always like at 130 to 145 idk if that’s high blood pressure … Need help I want my life back if anyone know anything lets know it means a lot thanks

    • Mold is a serious allergy, it is actually a bio-toxin illness Mold sensitized people cannot live in a mold house no matter if has been remediated or not because mold / mycotoxins, release by products even if they are dead release toxins, so every time you breath in microscopic spores you get sick again or just get sicker and sicker, It is very serious. It is suggested by mold experts to get to an uncontaminated environment and do not cross contaminate your new environment. Look up Shoemaker mold expert suggests moving out and getting on mold medication .Shoemaker’s prescribes Cholestyramine and I took a Spring Green 77 as well to get the mold out of my body, We had mold in newer house we bought we had to move.

    • Hi I’m also 24 male and I suffer range of symptoms. Different daily for example one day I would wake with sore muscles all over. The next stuffy and runny nose. Some nights I don’t sleep and some I sleep too heavy. I feel 100% for a day or two then the rest just knowing something isn’t quite rite. Iv given up work, I got 3 children and all i do is eat sleep and go toilet. I rarely leave the house only when I have to. Iv been hospitalised for a month previously due to sinusitis. Took doctors a week to figure out what was going on. I couldn’t stand light, blood pressure, dizziness couldn’t stand, ect. Iv tried everything but just can’t shake it. Just go with it i figure.

    • Hi Mario read my paragraphs above all of them. i wrote several of them, my remedies did work for me, are natural also. also i do recommend you to swim every day., every day. if you don’t know how to swim takes some classes with an expert. swimming makes you breath and expels all sinus congestion, and colds. but first try the remedies for few weeks.
      efrain mcshell

  10. I’ve been experiencing some sinus problems for some time and woke up yesterday July 2, 2015 with the problem of not being able to sneeze regularly, cough, and even catch myself with weird sounds to no sounds at all when I laugh… I’m at a complete loss on this… Any help will be appreciated… Idk what it could be

  11. Mine started with a build up of pressure in my head, felt like my brain was spinning, completely irritated by everything and everyone. Felt like I was losing my mind. A few days later woke up with tinnitus in both ears. Brain feeling dizzy and nausea continued. Struggled to do anything. Went to GP who put it down to stress and advised rest. Days later, it was one thing handling the ringing ears, but couldn’t do anything else for the nausea and dizzyness. Took cyclizine for symptoms for a few days which helped but didn’t want to keep taking it in case it made it worse. Kept to myself, frustrated with my lack of understanding about what was happening. After three weeks, the nausea and dizzyness stopped, and then I got a terrible head cold, feeling like it may have been a sinus problem all along. Tried nasal sprays for a few days. Did nothing. Now trying sudafed. Constant headaches, sore eyes, runny nose and today marks four weeks of unrelenting tinnitus. Even had an audiology check. Not sure how that relates to anything. Probably should go back to the GP, but not sure what that would achieve. Currently putting everything I’ve read, the good and the bad, into HOPE. Hope to get back to my old self in time, though I’ll be sure to go at a slower pace than before because I do think stress makes symptoms worse. Thanks to everyone who’s shared their stories. Wishing you good health.

  12. Was treated for a sinus infection in 2011. Since then I am constantly getting colds, associated with full sinuses associated with occasional headaches, as of last 2 months, full sinuses esp. in a.m. with gross fatigue, daily nausea and constant dizziness and feeling of faintness. Have appt. with G.P. sept 23/15 or should I go to ER!!!

    • more medicine will not cure you. natural remedies will, you already had a lot of it of medicine you can’t take medicine for long periods of time. read my paragraphs above. and think. and tell me after.

  13. About two years ago I suddenly began feeling dizzy one night and went to the ER. The doctors didn’t do anything except give me IV. After a few more months of feeling dizzy and lightheaded I finally went to see a ENT he told me i “could have” a list of things. (Not very helpful)
    Last summer I started feeling very bad again I saw a new ENT and he was great. I had Baloon Sinoplasty surgery last September, I felt great all year. Just two weeks ago I started feeling lightheaded again and a lot of pressure around my nose, eyes, head, and ears. I am in the process of scheduling an appointment with a new ENT at one of the local Sinus Centers in hopes of a more permanent solution. I hate having this condition, it feels like life is passing me by and I want to be a part of it. I hope everyone here finds comfort, see someone for this even though at times it feels like you make it up in your head, it is a real health issue but we can all get relief! Trust in God and all will be ok! Good luck

  14. To all of you with recurring sinus problems just check out Sjogrens syndrome. It dries the sinuses prevention the mucous from protecting against bacteria, viruses, allergens etc. Regular (and I’m talking several times a day) nasal saline washes, nasal gel moisturising sprays and humidifier for bedroom, all to moisture the sinuses, stop them getting blocked and help to wash away bacteria etc may help. Good luck!

  15. I need help! If anyone has gone through this plz respond..It all started in mid September.. I had a really bad sinus cold which lasted the normal 4 days or so to pass. A few days after feeling better from that, I went to work and started at 6 am. Felt completely fine and normal. Around 8 am, out of know where a huge wave of lightheadeness hit me! Like so hard, I couldn’t even believe I was still standing after I snapped out of it and realized what happened. Like someone hit me right on the button. I got real hot and sweaty, my body especially legs were insanely weak and I could barely stand. Brain was super foggy, vision blurry..somehow I finished my shift at 11 am.. I didn’t announce it because it was first day at new job. Next day I went to ER where they told me I had had a sinus and ear infection.. I explained my symptoms and mentioned I just had a cold so I think they just assumed it was an infection cuz of the cold.. I was prescribed amox clav pills and they worked so good!! I received I think about 8 or 9 days worth and towards the end I had a couple days in a row that I felt 100%. Back in the gym working out and everything. A couple days after the antibiotics were gone, the constant lightheadeness came back and has been all the way up into now. I finally just got insurance and hopefully see someone soon.. It’s been 3 months since that attack happened at work.. Has anyone ever had this happen?? I really hope something isn’t seriously wrong and want my life back. I saw a specialist and he says I need MRI. Couldn’t get it at time cuz no insurance and would of had to come up with $$ for it before test. Can anyone help me?

  16. One morning I woke up from a horizontal position and was so dizzy the whole room was spinning I didn’t know what was going on I got up was walking like I was drunk and falling into the wall I went upstairs use the restroom came back down. I was just tired went back to sleep woke up the next morning and basically forgot about it about two days later I was in the grocery store reaching up to the top shelf and the dizzy spell happened again I grabbed onto my buggy im dizzy spell last about 10 seconds and then I felt light headed the rest of the day I was able to drive home safely then a few days later I was at the orthodontics they laid me back in the chair and about 10 seconds later I jumped up the room was spinning so fast I didn’t know what was happening I thought I was dying as soon as I left there and went to the doctor and they told me I have vertigo it continue to happen the medication they gave me just made me sleepy so I went to an ENT specialist they told me I had BPPV which is a type of vertigo I came back two weeks later for testing even though my symptoms did get better after testing I found out all of the dizziness was from a sinus infection I was given an antibiotic a sinus rinse and flonase nose spray I was told that the test demonstrated a caloric reduced vestibular response also known as RvR and it was 45% in the right ear the normal range is 20% this is what caused the dizziness and light headedness exactly 3 days before the test I came down with the flu and was unable to take any medication because it would affect the testing so after reading all of these responses I see exactly how everythingl fell in place from sinus infections to dizziness to turning into the flu so go see an ENT who specializes in dizziness and you should get some good results good luck

  17. Can someone help me have been dealing with sinus problems for about 2 to 3 years and not gotten any better. If the weather changes I am in the doc. Office. I have had a headache for two days took alieve didn’t work, took excidrine and my headache is gone but I feel pressure in the back of my head and the right side of my face, and my nose keeps draining and when it does I feel some pressure relief there. OK today I was walking back from my bathroom and I got in my bed and I felt lightheaded, like I could faint. My body felt like I had been floating, like I was panicking, my body felt light like if I stood I would fall over..Could this be sinus. Oh I keep an ear infection too. I keep sinusitis also. I am scared and I hate to go to the E.R and waste my money. I am scared to sleep now caused I felt dizzy, like I could pass out but the feeling quickly left. Please help….

  18. Good day all, my problems comes on at nights particularly if the night air creeps under the door,if i sleep in the day no stuffiness,headace or dizziness.

  19. Hey! I get sinuses infection 3-4 times a year and i had stuffy, runny and bloody nose with pus last year. Now i am having fever since last 4 months. Paranasal Sinuses X-Ray which shows LT MAX Antrum hazy and conclusion is i have sinusitis. What to do with fever?

  20. I have the same twice a year.Spring and fall.We live in the country with lots of trees Pine,Oak and other.Since we moved here in 2003 it has been twice a year.Never had this when lived in town.Now just got over a bad flu Had that for 4 weeks.Did the musinex and steam and nasal spray.Could not taste or smell for a week. But at the end of the 4th week finally was on the road to recovery.Did not go to doc because i was told antobotics would not help.So i toughted it out.Also take b/p meds.Any how just used Vicks and a had a good sneeze and blew my nose. So just in the last few minutes the dizzyness has passed off.Hope this helps.

  21. Hey everyone I’m Kashan. My nose feels so dry since 2-3 days. I had a sinusitis infection but doctor just suggested me a nasal spray. I can breathe properly but still feels that I’m not getting as much amout of air I need. I feel dizzy as well since last night. I have no pain at anywhere in my face. Just feels dizzy and not able to breathe properly. Please help!

  22. Hello, interesting to read all these. I have had sinus trouble ever since last year and after numerous visits to my doctor have had nasal sprays, inhaled steam, paracetomal, rest, drank water, you name it. I get itchy nose, pain on the forehead and around my eyes, sore ears, recently had a sore throat that resulted in a bad virus which may have caught from somewhere anyway. I threw up yellow then green stuff for over an hour and the doctor came out at home and said I had a fever, not surprising. I am sick of still having the headaches as sometimes nothing but a warm flanner over the forehead seems to work. I also get the pressure pain at the back of the head so it is hard to tell if this is tension headache. Why wont the doctors just stop waffling on and get me some more help? I also get light headded but when I breath in fresh air it is heaven and also feel the cold more with sinusus even when it isn’t that cold. I live in Northumberland, England. Feel nauseous too have a medicane cabinet full of stuff!!

    • After reading all comments I feel that there is help. Bad sinuses for eight years. go to general practioner for 20 years and she has tried all antibiotics that I have ever heard of. A 10- day supply of some of these sometimes helps —along with predisone shot or pack. Frustrated like everyone else. Have had pricks to determine cause and results: mold, some trees/grass/weeds and pet dander. I never have colored mucus—always clear. Dr still prescribes antibiotics. Live at old home place that I remodeled in 2002 and at one time it had damp basement. I hate to think of moving. After getting allergy shots (twice weekly) for 3 months about 5 years ago… I went to get second shot for week and new nurse was there. Arm swollen and red at shot site. When new nurse asked when this happened I explained when I was in Friday to get shot. this was on following Monday. she said. “NO NO! You are to get shots only once weekly!” I had been getting 2 shots weekly for 3 months. I left and called Dr and told what I thought of him.Never been back, Currently on second round of antibiotics. I call it the +creeping crud” Started 14 days ago, pressure in forehead, sore throat, face tingles, ears and eustatian (spelling ?) tube blocked. Not want to eat, dizzy and all the rest. Right ear bled light pink on Thurs–that is when I called doc for second round of antibiotics. She phoned them in.—different kind— Legs ache. Lay on couch and in recliner for 14 days. Will try vinegar. I do get well and it all starts again— OK for few weeks and feel great. Called new allergy clinic this Friday. Told me to be off antihistamine 7 days, come in for pricks again. That is my plan,
      Retired in June but had sick days — missing work was no problem,

      Best of health to all. Pray.

  23. Good to find this site, Thanks to all for sharing, Good to know my symptoms match all, I wondered if i had disease that doctors had missed. No so—mean ole allergies and sinus problems

  24. Hi guys I am from Philippines and I also suffering now this kind of Sinusitis shit! I am paranoid due to the complications like dizziness, headache specially in my forehead between the eyes and back head pressure, I feel like the inner of my nose are swelling, My ENT specialist recommended me nasal sprays like mosaspray, antihistamines like co aleva and corticosteroid. I hope I will become better soon, I want my old healthy life back, I cant concentrate to school and to my daily activities because of it, Many times I just cried and feels that no one can help me, i feel so restless, and stress, My eyes also sucks. :((

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