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Headache, Sinus

Headache, Sinus Causes

Colds and allergies are the typical causes of a sinus headache. The sinuses become congested and can become infected, a condition known as sinusitis. Sinusitis typically occurs after a cold due to bacteria and viruses infecting the lining of the sinuses. Additionally, sinus headaches can be caused by an injury to the bones, a deformity of the nose, or any condition that prevents the draining of the sinuses.

Headache, Sinus Definition

A sinus headache is a headache that hapens when the sinuses become congested. During a cold or allergy attack, the openings can become congested by excess mucus and may become infected.

Headache, Sinus Diagnosis

To diagnose a sinus headache, a doctor will check the patient's medical history and do a physical exam. If sinusitis is suspected, the doctor may confirm diagnosis using an x-ray or a CT scan.

Headache, Sinus Symptoms and Signs

Symptoms of a sinus headache include pain or pressure around the eyes, cheeks and forehead; tender skin and bones over and under the eyes; and pain when bending over, during jarring movements or blowing of the nose.

Headache, Sinus Treatment

A sinus headache can be treated with aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen to temporarily relieve pain. The doctor may also give a decongestant if the sinuses are blocked. If the patient also has sinusitis, the doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to the patient. In addition, the doctor may recommend antihistamines if allergies are causing sinusitis.

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