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Hello. For 3 months I have had fluid trapped behind my right eardrum and inflamed sinuses after having a cold. I am now having an issue with my eye feeling sore and same with my right temple I can feel both when I squeeze my eyes shut and when I push on my temple I can fin where the pain is. What is causing this?? I have an appointment with an ENT but it's still a month away and the temple and eye pain is making my anxiety go crazy. Is there anything I can do in the mean time to help all of these issues until I see an ENT? I am using the neti pot and saline sprays. I tried nasonex but it made my sinus pain in my cheek worse. I have also tried heat on my ear and the valsalva maneuver with no luck. Please help!! I'm really nervous that my right eye and temple are now sore.

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Dear Kindra,

Your ENT will have other options for you to try. In the meantime, I recommend avoiding the neti pot. It may be exacerbating the sinus inflammation by trapping water in the sinus cavity. If you have not done so already, try pseudoephedrine. It is a powerful decongestant that may help to open the sinus passages. You may need steroids or long term antibiotics to completely clear the inflammation or the infection.  

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