Diagnosis And Treatment Of Sinus Headaches

Many Suffer From Sinus Headaches Will Feel Pressure Or Pain In The Morning

Diagnosis And Treatment Of Sinus HeadachesTreatment of sinus headaches is usually done to relieve your symptoms and treat the infection. The first approach to managing sinus headaches is to avoid the allergens that trigger them. The problem with sinus headaches is that they are often felt by patients who do not have sinusitis at all.

Treatment of sinus headaches is usually directed toward symptom relief and treating the infection. The treatment for sinus headaches is two-fold and requires treating the infection itself as well as the symptoms. The pain associated with sinus headaches is deep, aching, and usually nonpulsatile.The pain associated with sinus headaches is generally located around or behind the eyes, across the cheeks and bridge of the nose, along with the forehead, or along the top teeth.

Sinus Headaches

Sinus headaches make your whole face hurt, but a natural solution can fix that!

Sinus headaches are called secondary type headaches because they are caused by some other condition, usually sinus congestion or a sinus infection (sinusitis).

Your sinuses are located in your forehead, across your nose and in your face around the area of your cheeks. Sinuses are air-filled passageways that drain mucous and circulate air throughout your nasal passages. But when they get blocked, mucous is trapped and it becomes a breeding ground for all types of bacteria, viruses and fungi that can cause infection. And it’s this infection that causes sinusitis – inflammation and congestion in your sinuses.

And what does sinusitis cause… sinus headaches!

Sinus Headache Symptoms

Sinus headache symptoms may include or be accompanied by any of the following:

  • Pain and pressure in your forehead, the area around your eyes and your cheeks
  • Pressure that feels worse when you bend forward. Check more here.

One reason Migraines can cause some of these symptoms that make people think they’re sinus headaches is the trigeminal nerve, which becomes inflamed during a Migraine attack.

Migraines & Headaches

Sinus Headaches

Your sinuses are air-filled spaces inside your forehead, cheekbones, and behind the bridge of your nose. When they get inflamed — usually because of an allergic reaction or an infection — they swell, make more mucus, and the channels that drain them can get blocked.

Treatment

The goal is usually to relieve your symptoms and treat an infection if you have one. You might take antibiotics, as well as antihistamines or decongestants for a short time. You can also use inhaled nasal decongestants, but only for up to 3 days. Longer use can make your symptoms worse.

You can also take pain relievers, or if they don’t help, your doctor can prescribe corticosteroids to ease the inflammation in your sinuses. If an allergic reaction causes your sinus flare-ups, you might need a preventive allergy treatment.

You can also feel better with simple at-home tricks, such as drinking more fluids, using a humidifier, or saltwater nasal spray. Read more here.

Overall, the best way to relieve sinus headaches is to reduce the swelling and inflammation in your sinuses so that mucus can drain properly.

Diseases and Conditions Sinus headaches

Prevention

Whether or not you take preventive medications, you may benefit from lifestyle changes that can help reduce the number and severity of headaches. One or more of these suggestions may be helpful for you:

  • Avoid triggers. If certain foods or odors seem to have triggered your headaches in the past, avoid them. Your doctor may recommend you reduce your caffeine and alcohol intake and avoid tobacco.In general, establish a daily routine with regular sleep patterns and regular meals. In addition, try to control stress.
  • Exercise regularly. Regular aerobic exercise reduces tension and can help prevent headaches. If your doctor agrees, choose any aerobic exercise you enjoy, including walking, swimming and cycling. Warm up slowly, however, because sudden, intense exercise can cause headaches.
  • Reduce the effects of estrogen. If you’re a woman who has headaches and estrogen seems to trigger or make your headaches worse, you may want to avoid or reduce the medications you take that contain estrogen. See full article here.

Sinus Headaches Treatment Will Focus On Treating The Specific Cause

Sinus headaches are just one of the reasons I began chiropractic care. Treatment for sinus headaches is directed towards decreasing sinus inflammation and pressure. The most efficient way to relieve sinus headaches is with constant moisture- drinking plenty of fluids, using nose drops, gargling salt water, and taking a steamy bath. When your sinuses are open, the pressure causing your sinus headaches will disappear.

Prevention is also very easy in both cases with minimal chiropractic treatments throughout the year and with a small number of exercises, the chances of lowering your migraines and sinus headaches are very good, call us here: (619) 831-8777. The inflammation you get with sinus headaches is usually due to infection or an allergic reaction in the sinuses. Sinus headaches will usually significantly improve following the effective treatment of acute sinusitis.

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Author: Allison Yardley

Allison has 6 years in practice as a Chiropractor's Assistant and is a licensed Massage Therapist who writes for numerous blogs online. Feel free to comment or ask questions regarding any of Alley's blog posts.