When it hits you, you know it. Sinus headaches can throw off your whole day, making it hard to concentrate, work or appreciate time with friends and family. You can learn to fight the headaches when they come, but the first step is understanding the problem.
Sinuses—the cavities behind your cheekbones, your forehead and the bridge of your nose—can become inflamed because of infections, allergic reactions or other health conditions. That swelling can lead to excess mucus, which then becomes blocked and causes discomfort.
Sinus headaches are similar to regular headaches, but with a few distinctive symptoms:
- Increased pain with sudden movements
- Constant, deep pain in the forehead, cheekbones or nose
- Nasal discharge
- Facial swelling
The fever is one of the keys signs of a sinus headache. (Many headaches attributed to sinus infections are actually tension headaches or migraines.) Properly diagnosing your ailment is critical to recovering as quickly as possible.
Under your doctor’s guidance, the following treatments can often help:
- Antihistamines (including Benadryl)
- Decongestants (such as Sudafed)
- Decongestant nasal sprays (products like Afrin—but note that this type of medicine should only be taken for three days or less)
- Pain relievers
To see if the pain you’re feeling is the result of a sinus headache, call our office for a professional opinion. We’ll offer expert advice for dealing with your discomfort and helping prevent it in the future.