3 Ways to Treat a Sinus Headache

3 Ways to Treat a Sinus Headache

Over The Counter Sinus HeadacheForehead throbbing? Fever setting in? Don’t want to leave your bed? You probably have a sinus headache. Wondering what will make it stop? Over the counter sinus headache relief may be a good option for you.

Sinus headaches bring on specific symptoms, like:

  • Constant, deep pain in the forehead, cheekbones or nose
  • Increased pain with sudden movements
  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Facial swelling

The fever is one of the keys signs of a sinus headache, when compared to a tension headache or migraine. Tension headaches often mean dull aches, with feelings of tightness across your head. Migraines can bring other symptoms like pain on only one side of the head, nausea, blurred vision or visual distortions, or sensitivity to light and sound.

If you know or feel that you have a sinus headache, your doctor will be able to recommend a few types of over the counter sinus headache treatments. These treatments can include:

  1. Over-the-counter medicines. Pain relievers, antihistamines and decongestants can all provide sinus headache relief. Talk to your doctor before choosing medicines, though — each case is unique, and masking symptoms with unnecessary medicines can actually make sicknesses last longer.
  2. Nasal sprays. Certain nasal sprays, if recommended by your doctor, can help offer relief. Keep in mind that some sprays shouldn’t be taken for longer than three days in a row
  3. Antibiotics. For headaches that result from bacterial sinus infections, antibiotics can often help. Your doctor can help decide if antibiotics are right for you.


Sinus headache treatment should be tailored to each individual. If headaches have you down, give us a call for an expert consultation anytime.

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