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Sinus Headache (cont.)

How do I get rid of a sinus headache?

Treatment for a sinus headache frequently involves both self-care at home with home remedies, and OTC and prescription medications that can help control pain and inflammation.

What self-care measures and home remedies help soothe sinus headache symptoms?

There are a number of self-care measures available to help decrease sinus congestion and promote drainage of the sinuses, providing relief for sinus headache.

  • Drink plenty of fluids to help you stay hydrated.
  • Breathe humidified air.
  • Use salt water (saline) nasal sprays.
  • Neti-pots, small ceramic pots used for nasal irrigation, can help relieve symptoms in many people.
  • Use of over-the-counter medications (see medications section).

What OTC or prescription medications cure a sinus headache?

  • (OTC) pain medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol and others) and ibuprofen (Motrin and others) can help control pain.
  • Decongestant medications such as pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) may be useful in promoting drainage of the sinuses. People with high blood pressure or heart conditions should check with their health care practitioner before using these medications. A number of over-the-counter decongestant medications are available, either singly or in combination with antihistamines, pain relievers, and/or anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Decongestant nasal sprays are also available that contain decongestant medications, but these should not be used for more than three days, due to the possibility of rebound inflammation, a worsening of the condition once use of the spray has stopped.
  • Inhaled steroid preparations are sometimes prescribed to treat allergic sinusitis, and bacterial infections of the sinuses are treated with antibiotics.
  • Antihistamines may be useful if allergies such as hay fever are the cause of congestion.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/16/2015

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