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Sinus Headaches

Updated on Jul 9, 2021 by Dr. Amr Hosny (Headache Specialist) of Advanced Headache Center

Because so many different factors can cause headaches, it’s sometimes difficult to figure out what’s causing your headache pain. That’s why you need to see a specialist who’s trained and experienced at diagnosing and treating recurring headaches. Whether you have a sinus headache or a tension headache, Dr. Amr Hosny and his team of headache experts at the Advanced Headache Center — with offices throughout NYC and Bergen County, NJ — offer specific relief for your discomfort. The last thing you should do is try to self-medicate, which can lead to further complications. Instead, call the experts at the Advanced Headache Center nearest you to get it right. Treatment is just a phone call away.

What Is a Sinus Headache?

The sinuses are hollow spaces in the bones of your face behind your nose, forehead, and cheeks. They produce mucus, which filters the air you breathe and traps harmful pollen, bacteria, and dust. However, if the drainage system becomes blocked, you may experience pressure and pain around your face, eyes, and cheeks. That pressure is a sign of a sinus headache. General practitioners often mistake sinus headaches for other types of headaches, such as:

Dr. Amr Hosny and the headache specialists at the Advanced Headache Center in New York City and northern New Jersey use a multimodal approach to diagnose and treat headaches. They rely on their expertise and the latest technology to accurately determine what’s going on and find the best treatment for your headache pain. They work with you to design a treatment plan suited specifically to your needs.

What Are Symptoms of a Sinus Headache?

Sinus headaches are characterized by pain and swelling in your sinuses. A cold, allergies can trigger the swelling of nasal passages or an infection called sinusitis. When your sinuses become inflamed, drainage of mucus becomes difficult, leading to the symptoms of sinusitis, which may include:

  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Pressure or pain in your forehead or cheeks
  • Facial swelling
  • Watery eyes
  • Body aches

If you have a sinus headache, you may find that the pain worsens if you change positions, particularly when you lie down or lean forward. It may also be more uncomfortable first thing in the morning because the fluid in your sinuses could not drain during the night. If you have a bacterial or viral infection, you may have an accompanying fever.

What’s the Difference Between a Sinus Headache and a Migraine?

It’s not always easy to determine what type of headache you have. Migraine headaches often cause several of the same symptoms as sinus headaches. Both types of headaches may cause facial pain and pressure, and both may cause headache pain that worsens with activity. Like sinus headaches, migraines sometimes cause a stuffy nose or watery eyes. Headache specialists at your nearest Advanced Headache Center know the signs that likely indicate a sinus headache. Those signs include:

  • Thick, colored nasal discharge
  • A fever
  • A diminished sense of smell

If you have a sinus headache, your headache should clear up about seven days after treatment with an antibiotic or after your viral symptoms improve. If you continue to have pain or if you’re experiencing sensitivity to light, nausea, and vomiting, you may have a migraine rather than a sinus headache. Report all your symptoms to your doctor to ensure the best sinus headaches treatment.

What’s the Best Sinus Headaches Treatment?

The most effective sinus headaches treatment depends on the underlying cause. Many different types of home remedies can help to relieve sinus pressure and pain. Once Dr. Hosny determines the exact cause of your sinus headache and eliminates migraine causes and triggers, he may advise you to try solutions that include:

  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Nasal irrigation
  • A warm compress on your face
  • Inhaling steam
  • Drinking a lot of water to help keep your mucus loose and thin

Antihistamines and decongestants can work together to break up excess mucus in your sinuses, while non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, reduce the inflammation and your discomfort. If your sinus headache is triggered by allergies, giving you an allergy headache, antihistamines can help block excess fluid production and decrease swelling. If you have sinusitis caused by bacteria, your headache doctor may prescribe an effective antibiotic.

Read more: How to Get Relief From Sinus Headache?

Do I Have Chronic Sinus Pain?

Sinus headaches that don’t respond to antibiotics or over-the-counter decongestants and antihistamines may be a type of migraine. If you have recurrent sinus headaches causing chronic facial pain, your headaches may require further evaluation and treatment by a specialized medical provider like Dr. Hosny. Continuing to self-medicate without guidance from an expert may lead to further complications such as rebound headaches or medication overuse headaches.

Dr. Hosny is a highly skilled New York City physician who‘s committed to helping you find relief from all kinds of headache pain. Once he has carefully evaluated your symptoms and triggers, he and his team determine the best way to relieve your headaches. If you’re experiencing recurring headaches and don’t know the cause, contact the nearest Advanced Headache Center. Stop the pain and avoid future headaches, all at one medical practice.

Dr. Amr Hosny has either authored or reviewed and approved this content. Advanced Headache Center 41 5th Avenue,
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