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Sinus Headaches Symptoms And Causes

Sinus Headaches


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

But, this pain can be caused by a migraine.

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Symptoms Sinus headache symptoms may include:

  • Pain, pressure, and fullness in the cheeks, eyebrows, ears, or forehead
  • Worsening pain if you bend forward or lie down
  • Stuffy nose
  • Fatigue
  • Achy feeling in the upper teeth

Sinusitis or migraine?

Migraine and headaches from sinusitis are easy to confuse because the signs and symptoms of the two types of headaches may overlap.

Both migraine and sinusitis headache pain often get worse when you lean forward. Several nasal signs and symptoms can also accompany migraines, including congestion, pressure on the face, and a watery discharge from the nose. These are due to the involvement of the autonomic nervous system in migraine attacks. Studies have shown that most people who see a healthcare provider for a sinus headache are found to have migraines instead.

Sinusitis, however, is not usually associated with nausea or vomiting or is aggravated by noise or bright light, all the common features of migraine.

Sinusitis usually:

  • occurs after a viral respiratory infection or cold
  • Includes thick, discolored nasal mucus
  • Associated with decreased ability to smell
  • Causes of pain in upper teeth of cheek

Headaches due to sinus disease often last for days or longer, and migraines usually last for an hour or two.

When to see a doctor

Consult DAD Ayurveda doctor if:

  • Your headache symptoms last more than 12 days a month or require continuous pain medication without a prescription
  • You have a severe headache, and painkillers don’t help
  • 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 pain and pressure in the face and sinuses 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 but it may be more likely if you have Sinus:

  • Previous history of migraines or headaches
  • Family history of migraines or headaches
  • Hormonal changes associated with 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. A DAD Ayurveda doctor may advise you to reduce your intake of caffeine and alcohol and to avoid tobacco.

In general, establish a daily routine with regular sleep patterns and regular meals. Also, try to control stress.

  • Exercise regularly. Regular aerobic exercise reduces stress and can help prevent headaches. If a DAD Ayurveda doctor agrees, choose any aerobic exercise you can do, including walking, swimming, and bicycling.
  • Warm up slowly. however, 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 a DAD Ayurveda doctor about the appropriate option or dosage for you.

By DAD Ayurveda Clinic Staff

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