Sinus headaches are headaches that feel like they're coming from a sinus infection (sinusitis). It's possible that you'll feel pressure around your eyes, cheekbones, and forehead, and your head may throb.
The air-filled cavities inside your forehead, cheekbones, and behind the bridge of your nose are known as sinuses. When they become inflamed, usually as a result of an allergic reaction or an infection, they enlarge, produce more mucus, and the drainage channels might become clogged.
The pressure in your sinuses builds up, causing headache pain.
Sinus headaches are frequently confused with other types of persistent headaches, such as migraines or tension headaches. Because the medication you need depends on the type of headache you experience, determining if your symptoms are caused by your sinuses is critical. You'll most likely develop a fever if a sinus blockage, such as an infection, is the cause. The doctors at Del Rey MD are specialists in diagnosing sinus conditions such as sinus headaches.
Our specialist can usually detect if your sinuses are blocked based on your symptoms and a physical exam, but in some circumstances, a CT scan may be required. Del Rey MD utilizes an in-house CT scan for the convenience of our patients. If a scan is necessary, it will be taken at your first appointment. This quick diagnosis allows us to treat your condition in one, or at the most, two appointments.
The goal is usually to alleviate your symptoms and, if necessary, to treat an infection. Antibiotics, antihistamines, and decongestants may be prescribed for a brief period of time. Inhaled nasal decongestants can also be used, but only for up to three days. Longer use may exacerbate your problems.
You can also take pain medicines, or if that doesn't work, your doctor can prescribe corticosteroids to aid with nasal inflammation. If your sinus flare-ups are caused by an allergic reaction, you may require allergy therapy.
Simple at-home remedies, including drinking extra fluids, using a humidifier, or using saltwater nasal spray, can also help you feel better.
A device that emits micro-current waveforms can also be used to reduce sinus pain and pressure. The device's waves target blood vessels and nerves to relieve nasal congestion and pain.
Medication overuse headaches can occur if you take decongestants and pain relievers too frequently. This is one of the reasons it is so important to see our specialist for proper treatment. If you've been using medicine to ease your headaches for a long period, it's crucial to check in with your doctor. Decongestants can also raise blood pressure, so see your doctor before taking one if you have high blood pressure.
For some patients, sinus surgery to remove polyps or open up narrow or chronically swollen sinuses may be necessary. At Del Rey MD, we have an on-site, state-of-the-art surgery center if sinus surgery is recommended.
Sinus Headaches and Allergies
Have you ever heard that sinus headaches are caused by allergies?
Allergies can result in sinus congestion, which can induce headaches. Allergy treatment can help with congestion, but it won't help with headache pain. The two disorders are usually treated independently. Consult a specialist at Del Rey MD to ensure you receive the proper treatment.