Sinus Headache Symptoms

Written by Norene Anderson
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Sinus headache symptoms are different from migraine symptoms. It is important to pay attention to the symptoms you are experiencing to determine the difference. A sinus headache generally follows an episode of major post-nasal drip, congestion, thick and discolored mucus, and other signs indicating the presence of sinusitis. If sinusitis is present, it must be treated with an antibiotic to kill the bacteria.

Migraines, on the other hand, are brought on by exposure to various "triggers." There is no way to list all the things that can bring on a migraine, but some of the more common ones include foods, weather, and odors. If you have none of the signs and symptoms of sinusitis or other upper respiratory infection, you may very well have migraines instead of a sinus headache.

Treat Sinus Headache Symptoms

At the top of the list of sinus headache symptoms is the pain localized around the eyes and across the cheeks. This is a pretty good indication the sinus cavities are the culprit. Sometimes it takes putting several symptoms together to conclude that sinusitis is probably responsible. A visit to your healthcare professional is in order to get the appropriate antibiotics if there is indeed an infection.

Some of the comfort measures available for relief from sinus headache symptoms involve clearing the sinus passages to relieve pressure. A natural method is to use saline irrigation or rinses to "flush" out the thick secretions. The regular use of a nasal wash will keep the sinus passages cleaned out and the swelling will disappear. When the swelling is reduced, the pain will begin to lessen. Many times it takes a combination of antibiotics, OTC pain relief, and nasal irrigation to get the best headache relief.


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