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Sinus Headache

Sinus Headache Quick Overview

  • A sinus headache results from inflammation and pressure within the sinus cavities of the skull.
  • Inflammation of the lining tissues of the sinuses due to infections, allergies, or other irritants causes fluid secretion that can block drainage from the sinuses, causing the sinus pressure within to increase.
  • Most sinus infections are due to virals.
  • The main symptoms of a sinus headache are pain and tenderness over the affected area.
  • Other symptoms include
    • Pain from sudden movements of the head when bending forward
    • Nasal discharge or runny nose
    • Nasal congestion
    • Post-nasal drip
    • Yellow or green discharge from the nose
    • Pain in the upper teeth
    • Fever
    • Chills
    • Tiredness
    • Body aches
  • The pain from a sinus headache sometimes is worse in the morning due to mucous collection throughout the night.
  • In some people, the main symptoms of sinus headache may resemble those of migraine headache.
  • Maintaining good hydration and breathing humidified air are two self-care steps to relieve sinus headache.
  • Home remedies to soothe sinus headache symptoms include staying hydrated; using a humidifier to keep the room air moist; and OTC medications.
  • Decongestant medications may be useful to help promote drainage of the sinuses.
  • Most people recover fully from sinus headaches without long-term complications.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/16/2015

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