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How to determine if you have a Sinus Headache

Updated: Apr 16

Sinus Headache
Sinus Headache

Are you experiencing head pain that seems to be centered around your sinuses? It could be a sinus headache. Sinus headaches are a common symptom of sinusitis, a condition where the tissues lining the sinuses become inflamed or infected. Here's how to determine if your headache is sinus-related and what you can do about it:

1. Recognize the Symptoms:

  • Sinus headaches often present with a dull, throbbing pain in the forehead, cheeks, or the bridge of the nose.

  • You may also experience pressure or fullness in your sinuses, particularly when bending forward or lying down.

  • Other common symptoms of sinusitis include nasal congestion, postnasal drip, facial tenderness, and a reduced sense of smell.

2. Consider the Timing:

  • Sinus headaches are often triggered or exacerbated by changes in air pressure, such as during weather changes or when flying.

  • You may notice that your headache worsens when you have a cold or allergies, as these conditions can lead to inflammation and congestion in the sinuses.

3. Rule Out Other Causes:

  • While sinus headaches are common, they can sometimes be mistaken for migraines or tension headaches. If you experience severe or recurrent headaches, it's essential to consult with a healthcare professional such as Headache & Tendon to identify underlying causes and treat accordingly.

  • Your healthcare provider at Headache & Tendon can perform a specific physical examination, review your medical history, to evaluate your sinuses and rule out other conditions.

4. Try Home Remedies:

  • If you suspect you have a sinus headache, you can try some home remedies to alleviate your symptoms. Nasal irrigation with a saline solution can help clear out mucus and relieve congestion. Steam inhalation, warm compresses applied to the face, and staying hydrated can also provide relief.

5. Seek Clinical Advice:  

Headache & Tendon can diagnose and treat the cause effectively

  • If your symptoms persist or worsen despite home remedies, or if you experience severe headache pain, fever, or signs of a sinus infection such as yellow or green nasal discharge,  you can get effective treatment. 

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