Coping with Sinus Headaches: Treatments and Remedies
When your sinuses become inflamed (due to an infection or allergy), the inflammation causes swelling and increased mucus production, blocking nasal passageways so the sinuses cannot drain. The excess mucus creates pressure in your head known as a sinus headache.
If you suffer from sinus headaches, you know how debilitating they can be. You may feel a deep, dull, or throbbing pain around your eyes, temple, cheeks or forehead. The pain can intensify in damp, cold weather, or with sudden head movements such as bending down or leaning over. You may experience other sinus symptoms as well, such as nasal discharge, fever, fatigue, facial swelling, teeth pain, and a feeling of fullness in your ears.
Sinus Headache Treatments and Remedies
The first step in treating sinus headaches is to address the underlying condition. If the root problem is a cold, flu or sinus infection (sinusitis), decongestants or antibiotics may be prescribed. If hay fever, pollen or other allergies are triggering the sinus congestion, antihistamines may be called for.
While they don’t treat the underlying cause of a sinus headache, nasal steroid sprays can help reduce swelling and congestion caused by either infection or allergies. Pain relievers (acetaminophen, naproxen and aspirin) can also alleviate some of the pain, at least temporarily.
Additionally, many “home remedies” can be used to relieve some of the symptoms. Some sufferers get relief by alternating between cold and hot compresses placed over their eyes.
For people with chronic or severe sinusitis and sinus headaches, the treatments and remedies just mentioned may not provide lasting relief. For them, a more long-term option may be needed. Some sufferers undergo sinus surgery in the operating room. For years, that was the only option for patients with severe sinus headaches.
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