Signs and Treatment of a Sinus Headache

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Signs and Treatment of a Sinus Headache

If you suffer from sinus headaches, you know the pain and pressure above your cheeks and between the eyes that can interrupt your day. When your sinus cavities are congested and without proper drainage, they can cause tremendous pain that may seem impossible to rid of. Below are symptoms and treatment options to get you back on your feet.


Symptoms of a sinus headache include constant pain or pressure over the cheeks and/or around the eyes, nasal congestion, sore throat, light or noise sensitivity, and nausea and vomiting. If movement makes your pain worse, or headaches last between 4 and 72 hours and occur on a regular basis contact Alabama Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists right away.


There are a couple of different methods to treating sinus headaches. One is to take over the counter painkillers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Decongestants can also help to open up your blocked sinus cavities. Nasal steroid sprays can be prescribed to reduce congestion.  If the sinus headaches are being caused by allergies, Antihistamines will help to remedy your headaches. If over the counter methods have not improved your symptoms, your doctor at Alabama Ear, Nose and Throat specialists may prescribe you an antibiotic.

If your sinus headaches are persistent and result in sinusitis, you may be a candidate for balloon sinuplasty. Contact Alabama Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists for more information.

Trigeminal Migraines

Some patients may think that they are suffering from a migraine headache, but are actually suffering from a trigeminal migraine. These migraines have similar symptoms to a sinus headache, excluding the congestion. Over 80% of patients complaining of a sinus headache are found to have this condition.

If you believe you are suffering from a sinus headache or trigeminal migraine, and are located in the Tuscaloosa, AL area, contact Alabama Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists today!

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