Sinus Headache Symptoms

Sinus headache is caused when the sinuses (air-filled bony cavities in the eyes, nose and cheeks) get inflamed. The sinuses allow the mucus to drain the air to flow freely around the nasal passages. However, when the sinuses are blocked, we experience sinus headaches.

Sinus Headache & Infection Characteristics:

Sinus headaches cause sharp pain near the forehead and other specific areas the face. Sudden movement of the head or bending of the face aggravates the headache. Exposure to cold temperature worsens the headache. Also, the face would be swollen and tender to touch.

Sinus Headache & Infection Symptoms:

Following are some of the signs symptoms of sinus infection & sinus headache:

  • Pain on specific areas of the face (such as behind the eyes, brow or the forehead)
  • Pain on sudden movement of the head
  • Increased headache on bending
  • Increased headache on exposure to cold temperature
  • The headache would be worse in the morning. This occurs because the mucus collects throughout the night causing worse pain in the morning
  • Facial swelling
  • The face would be tender to touch
  • Headache accompanied with cold
  • Nasal congestion
  • Postnasal drip
  • Sore throat
  • Yellowish or greenish discharge from the nose
  • Mild fever
  • Fatigue
  • Sinus headache is caused due to the inflammation of sinuses (sinusitis). Sinusitis is in turn caused due to an infection caused due to bacteria or virus. It can also be caused due to allergies.

    Sinus Headache Treatment:

    Sinus headache can be relieved through simple home treatment.

    Inhaling steam can loosen up the mucus and bring relief. For this you would have to take a bowl of boiling water and inhale its steam. You can put on a towel to keep the steam from escaping.
    You can also use a saline nasal spray which can help in relieving the nasal congestion and headache. Using a neti pot can help in clearing the sinuses
    You can also use a humidifier in your room to relieve your sinus headaches

    If the headache is persistent, do consult your doctor. Your doctor can prescribe decongestants, anti-histamine and corticosteroids to treat the sinusitis and the headache. If your sinus headache is caused due to allergy, treatment of allergy would relieve the pain.

    2 responses to Sinus Headache Symptoms

    1. Sinus headaches are THE WORST. Oh man.
      Keeping the nasal passages clean and getting into good habits there is always a good idea and could really help w/ sinus headaches.
      Now if things are chronic you need a different approach. Get the CT Scan and make an informed decision, balloon sinuplasty or sinus surgery.
      Take care!

    2. I found some stuff that kills fungus and bacteria that you really ought to try. The antibiotics don’t kill the fungus and you need to kill both. This stuff does. You just spray it in your nose and WOW, it got rid of my nasty sinus infection in about a week. I had tried antibiotics that were specifically prescribed for my sinusitis and I also tried a neti pot (yuk) but just couldn’t get this sinus infection to quit. So I did a search and found this stuff (Sinus Relief) from Nature’s Rite. The only problem is that you have to spray it every 30 minutes. I thought, hey, what the heck, it’s worth a try and every 30 minutes isn’t too bad. I was really surprised how well it worked so I bought their sinus support too. It’s been a good moisturizer with calendula and aloe. It’s herbal ya know. I like herbal stuff. So anyway, you should try this for your sinusitis. It won’t make you have a yeast infection after-words like some antibiotics do.

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