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How To Deal With A Sinus Headache

Aug 17, 2007
Everyone experiences headaches every now and then and they can be brought on by many different reasons. A Sinus headache is one of the many kinds of headaches which is often associated with sinusitis or an inflamed sinus. An inflamed sinus blocked the nasal passage which triggers the pain in your head.

All of us have sinuses. It is located in the center of the face which is differentiated into maxillary, ethmoid, frontal and sphenoid. These four sinuses are located in the center of our faces. This is the reason why people experience headache if they have sinusitis because basically it is located in the face.

The headache will be getting worse if you will be continuously exposed to irritants such as perfumes, allergen and smoking. So how does sinus headache happen?

Once your sinus is inflamed, your breathing is not the only one being affected but the normal draining passage is being blocked as well. The trapped drainage is creating a pressure which in turn causes the headache.

The sinus headache is frequently mistaken from migraine. According to some studies, 90% of those who were diagnosed with sinus headache have migraines in the first place. A sinus headache may exacerbate if pressure is applied on the nasal or the sinuses.

To begin with, the cause of headache is quite difficult to identify since there are numerous causative agents. What are the symptoms of sinusitis except from headache? It is important for us to know these things in order for us to clearly identify the type of headache we;re experiencing.

An individual who is experiencing sinusitis is complaining of pressure around the eyes area which radiates to the cheeks and forehead. He or she is also experiencing nasal stuffiness, swelling of the face and fever with chills. A nasal discharge of color yellow or green may also be present.

Remember that these symptoms are also similar with other diseases such as those who have an upper respiratory tract infection. The best way to diagnose sinusitis is to perform an endoscopy wherein the doctor will look inside your nose using the endoscope device.

Sinusitis is often caused by bacteria such as the streptococcus aureus, haemophilus influenzae and the moraxella catarrhalis. It is important for sinusitis to be treated as soon as possible to prevent further infection. The treatment of choice for this is the antibiotics.

For those having difficulty in breathing, a decongestant or vaporizers can be used to thin the mucus and aid in breathing. Just put in my mind that not all people who have sinusitis can use the decongestant. Those people who have a problem with their hearts are contraindicated to use it.

The reason behind it is because it has an adrenaline power which will increase your pulse rate and blood pressure which in turn will put you in great risk. If the decongestant is still not effective, a steroidal nasal spray may be used. Steroids are known for their anti-inflammatory action.

If you are experiencing sinus headaches, these are some simple home remedies to relieve yourself from the pain.

1. Dip your towel in cold water and apply it on your forehead. Dip it again if the towel gets warm. This is to relieve the pain in your head.

2. Take a rest. Rest helps restore the bodys functioning which will make you feel better and relieved of headache.

3. Eating spicy foods such as jalapeno will help you drain the trapped mucus on your sinuses. This is the reason why we always have a nasal discharge whenever we're eating foods rich in spice.

4. You can also use Chinese herbals like the Magnolia Flower. This aid in widening the sinus passage will helps in draining the mucous.

The therapy of sinusitis depends on the severity of the case. This is why it is important to consult your physician as soon as possible once you're experiencing these symptoms. The treatment may require from several weeks to several months. Doctors may also offer you medications for the relief of symptoms and if the case is cannot be treated with oral medications anymore; the patient may require undergoing surgical procedures to drain the trapped abscess.
About the Author
Lee Dobbins writes for http://headache.topicgiant.com where you can learn more about the cause and treatment of all types of headaches including the sinus headache.
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