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Sinus Headache

Sinus Headache

  
You’re all stuffed up. Sinus Headache symptoms right? You feel pressure around your eyes, cheeks and forehead. Your head is pounding. It feels like you need a sinus headache cure – but hang on, don’t jump to conclusions.

Headaches often accompany sinusitis, a condition in which the membrane lining the sinuses become swollen and inflamed. But many people who assume they have sinus headaches actually have migraines or tension headaches.

When headaches caused by sinusitis do occur, proper diagnosis and treatment are key to relieving sinus headaches.

How the Sinuses Work

Sinus Headaches and how the sinuses work. 
Sinuses are air-filled spaces located in your forehead, cheekbones, and behind the bridge of your nose. The sinuses produce a thin mucus that drains out of the channels of the nose.

When a sinus becomes inflamed, usually as the result of an infection, or an allergic reaction, the inflammation can prevent the outflow of mucus and cause a pain similar to that of a true sinus headache.Sinus Headache Symptoms - Beyond Headaches, sinus headache, sinus headache symptoms, sinus headache cure, relieving sinus headaches.SinusSinus Headache Symptoms - Beyond Headaches, sinus headache, sinus headache symptoms, sinus headache cure, relieving sinus headaches.Sinus Headache Symptoms - Beyond Headaches, sinus headache, sinus headache symptoms, sinus headache cure, relieving sinus headaches.

Symptoms of a Sinus Headache

Sinus headache symptoms:  Deep and constant pain in the cheekbones, forehead, or bridge of the nose. 
REAL Sinus headache symptoms are associated with a deep and constant pain in the cheekbones, forehead, or bridge of the nose.

The pain usually intensifies with sudden head movement or straining. Sinus headache pain is usually accompanied by other sinus symptoms, such as nasal discharge, feeling of fullness in the ears, fever, and facial swelling.

Whether your sinus headache symptoms can actually be attributed to the sinuses will need to be determined by your doctor. If your headache is truly caused by a sinus blockage, such as an infection, you will likely have a fever.

MRI or CT scans are often conducted to determine if there is a blockage in your sinuses.

Sinus Headache Treatment

  
Treatment of, and sinus headache cure is usually directed toward symptom relief and treating the infection.

Treatment might include antibiotics for the infection, as well as a short period of antihistamines (such as Benadryl) or decongestants to treat the symptoms.

If you take decongestants, but do not have a true sinus headache, the medication could make your headache worse. Be sure to see your doctor before taking any medications.

Sinus Headache Relief With Other Medications

  
Other medications to treat sinus infections include pain relievers and vasoconstrictors (to decrease nasal congestion).

When an allergen is causing the sinus flare-ups, preventive allergy therapy is often needed for additional sinus headache relief.

Decongestant medications have been used to relieve headaches associated with sinus infections. Decongestants help relieve sinus headache symptoms because they constrict blood vessels that cause headache pain.

However, decongestant use can be habit-forming. If your headaches seem to be relieved by decongestants but you do not have a sinus headache with infection, you may actually have migraine headaches or tension headaches.

Allergies and Sinus Headaches

  
It is a misconception that allergies cause sinus headaches. However, allergies can cause sinus congestion, which can lead to headache pain.

If you have allergies, the treatment for your allergy will not relieve your headache pain. The two conditions generally must be treated separately.

Regardless of the headache symptoms, one question begs to be asked. That question?

What is the underlying root cause to so much of the pain and suffering we have described above?

Sensible answers can be found and new questions may arise when you read the free Life Beyond Headaches download.   You'll also receive an opportunity to speak (via telephone) with one of our specialists to help you sort out the details and determine if yours is a true sinus headache and what the latest treatment technologies include. 



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