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Sinus Headaches Symptoms And Causes

Sinus Headaches Symptoms And Causes

Sinus Headaches Symptoms Overview:

Sinus headaches are headaches that can feel like an infection in the sinuses (sinusitis). You may feel pressure around the ears, eyes, cheeks, and forehead. Maybe your head throbs.

But, this pain can be due to migraine.

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Signs and symptoms of a headache caused by sinus may include:

  • Pain, pressure, and fullness in the cheeks, brow, or forehead
  • pain worsens when bending forward or lying down
  • Stuffy nose
  • Fatigue
  • Achy feeling in the upper teeth

Sinusitis or migraine?

It is easy to confuse migraines and headaches with sinusitis because the signs and symptoms of the two types of headaches can overlap.

The pain of both migraine and sinusitis headaches often gets worse when you lean forward. Migraines can also be accompanied by several nasal signs and symptoms – including congestion, facial pressure, and a clear runny nose. These are due to the involvement of the autonomic nervous system in migraine attacks. Studies have shown that most people who go to a healthcare provider for a sinus headache get a migraine instead.

Sinusitis, usually not associated with nausea or vomiting or aggravated by noise or bright light a common feature of migraine.

Sinusitis usually:

  • Occurs after a viral respiratory infection or cold
  • Contains thick, greenish-yellow discolored nasal mucus
  • Loss of smell is concerned
  • Why do the upper teeth of the cheek hurt?

Headaches due to sinus disease often last days or longer, and migraines most commonly last hours to a day or two.

When to see a doctor

Consult your provider if:

  • Your headache symptoms occur more than 12 days a month or require frequent pain medicine available without a prescription
  • You have a severe headache, and without painkillers, it is of no use
  • Frequent headaches that make you miss school or work, or headaches interfere with your daily life

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Sinus headaches are commonly associated with migraines or other types of headaches.

Sinuses are associated with facial pain and pressure and can cause nasal symptoms. Most of these headaches are not caused by a sinus infection and generally should not be treated with antibiotics.

Risk factors

Sinus headaches can affect anyone of any age but it may be more likely if you have:

  • History of migraine or headache
  • Migraine or family history of headaches
  • Hormonal changes linked to headaches


Whether you take preventive medications or not, you may benefit from lifestyle changes that can help reduce the number and severity of headaches. One or more of these suggestions may be helpful to you:

  • Avoid triggers. If certain foods or odors have triggered your headaches in the past, avoid them. Your provider may advise you to reduce your intake of caffeine and alcohol and to avoid tobacco.

In general, establish a daily routine with regular sleep and regular meals.

  • Exercise regularly. Regular aerobic exercise reduces stress and can help prevent headaches. If your provider agrees, enjoy any aerobic exercise, including walking, swimming, and cycling.

Warm up slowly, however, as sudden, intense exercise can trigger a headache.

Obesity is also known to be a factor in headaches, and regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight or lose weight.

  •  Reduce the effects of estrogen. If estrogen seems to trigger or make your headaches worse, you may want to avoid or reduce medications that contain estrogen.

These drugs include birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy. Talk to your provider about the appropriate option or dosage for you.

By DAD Ayurveda Clinic Staff

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