Natural Remedies for Sinus Headaches

Natural Remedies To Relieve Sinus Headaches

Natural Remedies for Sinus Headaches

It can be challenging to think when your head is pounding. The throbbing behind the temple, pressure around the eyes and cheekbone, and the tightness in the neck that moves down to the shoulders can all be intense enough to throw off anyone’s day. Fortunately, these symptoms are not associated with any significant issues by themselves. It’s not surprising that most people self-diagnose these conditions as sinus headaches and get it wrong a whopping 90 percent of the time. In this article, we explore the differences between migraines and sinus headaches; and share some of the best natural remedies for sinus headaches.

How to Tell the Difference Between a Sinus Headache and a Migraine

The first step in finding relief is finding the true source of the discomfort. Most people mistake sinus and forehead pressure as symptoms of a sinus headache when these can also be signs of a migraine. The confusion is understandable as both conditions share many symptoms.

Both Sinus Headaches and Migraines Can Bring On:

• Throbbing pain in the head and sinuses
• Tension present anywhere in the region of the shoulders, neck, or head
• Runny nose
• Feeling unusually tired or fatigued, even after full rest

The key to telling the difference is to look for symptoms they don’t have in common that are easy to identify.

The Tell-Tale Signs of Migraines:

• Throbbing pain on one side of the head or face (can occur on both sides)
• Light sensitivity
• Nausea and vomiting
• Only lasts from a few hours to one or two days

The Truth about Sinus Headaches

True sinus headaches, known as sinusitis, are much rarer than most people think. Sinusitis is almost always accompanied by an infection somewhere in the sinus cavity.

The Tell-Tale Signs of Sinusitis:

• Congestion
• Fever
• Decreased sense of smell
• Pain and pressure worsen when bending over or sitting up
• Symptoms last from a few days to a week or more

Natural Remedies for Sinus Headaches

The majority of the time, doctors recommend over-the-counter remedies as the first treatment option. The reason for this is simple; the only medications for treating infections are antibiotics or steroids, which, if over-prescribed, can cause more issues than they solve.

Drink Plenty of Water

While it might sound cliche, staying hydrated helps loosen mucus allowing it to flow easier and relieving sinus pressure.

Add Moisture with a Humidifier

On the other hand, dry air can exacerbate sinusitis, causing headaches and sinus pain due to insufficient mucus. Adding moisture with a humidifier can significantly alleviate symptoms.

Nasal Irrigation

Rinsing your sinuses with a bulb, spray, or neti pot daily helps in the short term by hydrating the sinuses and, in the long term, by flushing out allergens, irritants, and possibly infectious agents.

There is no reason to suffer needlessly from sinusitis. Following natural steps and remedies can help alleviate issues almost immediately. The other thing about natural remedies is that they can point to more significant problems if they fail to provide relief and symptoms persist. If issues worsen or last longer than ten days, make an appointment with your doctor.

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