Woman experiencing sinus headaches

Sinus Headaches

Sinus headaches are headaches that are felt over the face, usually centered over the nose the cheeks the eyes, or the forehead. The headaches develop because the sinuses get closed off and develop pressure inside the sinuses.

Once the sinus opening gets blocked, bacteria tend to grow and create pressure inside the sinus. This turned into a pressure cooker.

Sinus headaches are very common. They are the reason for many missed days of work and school. There are also numerous over-the-counter medications in pharmacies or grocery stores for sinus conditions.

Treatment for sinus headaches is aimed at trying to get the sinus to open up. Decongestants or nasal steroid sprays help in opening up a blocked sinus. If the condition is prolonged, an antibiotic might be necessary to help to eliminate the bacteria inside the sinus.

If medical treatment fails to control the sinus headaches, or if they are persistent or severe, a procedure may be necessary to keep the sinuses open. Examples of procedures for this would be a balloon sinuplasty or traditional sinus surgery.

Man pinching his nose to relieve his sinus headache