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Sinus Headache (cont.)

What kind of doctor or other health-care professional treats sinus headache?

Frequently, sinus headaches are managed by primary care physicians including those that specialize in internal medicine, family medicine, or pediatrics. For complicated cases, an ear, nose, and throat specialist (otolaryngologist) may be consulted. With unusual infections, such as fungal infections, a specialist in infectious diseases may be consulted.

When should I seek medical a care for a sinus headache?

Sinus headaches and infections may sometimes be successfully treated at home (see the home remedies section). However, you should seek medical care if you are not sure what is causing your symptoms or if you have signs of a severe infection including high fever, symptoms that do not resolve with time, or if over-the-counter pain relievers are not effective in controlling the pain. You should also seek care if you noticed swelling in the face that accompanies the pain, swelling around your eye or changes in vision, since this could be a sign of an abscess.

How is a sinus headache diagnosed?

Usually, a careful history and physical examination can establish the diagnosis of sinus headache. Blood tests are usually not necessary. In some cases, the health-care professional may order a CT scan to obtain images of the sinuses, but this is not common. A negative CT scan and examination can help rule out sinus disease. Other causes of headaches, including migraines, may initially present with symptoms thought to be from sinus inflammation.

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