Are Your Headaches Normal?
With so many types of headaches out there and the information overload Google provides, identifying what type of headache you have can be a challenge.
If you are experiencing headache pain along your cheekbones or the bridge of your nose, you may have been treating this type of headache similar to a tension headache or migraine, but this kind typically stems from sinus infections. The word “infection” may raise a lot of red flags, but depending on the severity of your experience, it may not be as bad as it sounds.
What Causes a Sinus Headache
There are sinus channels inside your forehead, cheekbones, and behind the bridge of your nose. Swelling can occur when they become inflamed and the mucus back up can lead to a lot of built up pressure. Maybe the pain feels a lot like a migraine, but you would be better off consulting a healthcare professional to identify the true cause. If it’s a sinus infection, there are treatments out there to help alleviate or shorten the duration of pain.
Common Sinus Headache Treatments
Some sinus infection treatments include taking antibiotics, antihistamines, or decongestants (which should be avoided for those with high blood pressure) for a short period of time. There is a lot of emphasis placed on the short duration of medication use, since overuse can cause even stronger headaches–which we obviously want to avoid. Sometimes, inhaled nasal decongestants (for only up to three days) or pain relievers will be a suggested remedy. If it turns out that an allergic reaction is the cause for sinus issues, your doctor can recommend a preventive allergy treatment that will halt those pesky headaches!
Extreme Sinus Headache Cases
If you have tried these treatments and still experience sinus headaches, or have reoccurring sinus infections, then you may want to contact an ENT medical professional to consider Balloon Sinuplasty as a solution. Balloon Sinuplasty is a minimally invasive in-office procedure to treat patients with chronic and recurrent sinusitis. Since this procedure is much less invasive than traditional sinus surgeries, patients generally have a quick recovery time of just 1-2 days after the procedure.
Sinus Headache Treatments at Home
If you’re on the other end of the spectrum and are only experiencing minor pains, you may want to consider some very easy at-home tips to help alleviate headache pain and speed up sinus infection healing. It’s recommended to drink more fluids, use humidifier, or saltwater nasal spray. These simple fixes can really help clear up those sinuses and are definitely worth trying.
So while these headaches can be a big nuisance, there’s actually nothing “abnormal” about them. Many people experience this type of headache and find fast relief in consulting their trusted healthcare professional on a remedy that works for them. If your sinus headache pain has lasted for an unusual amount of time (a few weeks) or continually recurs, contact the experts of ENT (Ear, nose, and throat) health at ENTAA.