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What is a sinus headache?

When you experience a headache due to sinus problems, there are several possible common symptoms. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Fatigue
  • Pain, fullness, and pressure around forehead, cheeks, and brow
  • Stuffy nose
  • Achy feeling in your upper teeth
  • Pain that increases when you lean forward or lie down

Possibly, you may also feel your head throbbing. It is essential to know that headaches caused by sinusitis are often confused with migraines, so it is crucial to visit your doctor if the pain persists for more than three days

Sinus Headache or Migraine?

Most people tend to confuse migraines and headaches caused by sinusitis. This is because the two conditions have similar signs and symptoms. Both types of headaches get worse when one leans forward or lies down. A migraine can also have nasal symptoms such as congestion, nasal water discharge, and facial pressure. Research has proven that over 89% of people who visit a doctor for sinus headaches end up being treated for migraines.

Some sinus headache symptoms can be differentiated from those of a migraine. Sinusitis symptoms will not cause symptoms of vomiting, nausea, or extreme sensitivity to light or sound. Sinusitis will mainly occur from a cold or bacterial infection in the upper respiratory tract. Common symptoms of a sinus headache include discolored nasal mucus, pain in one cheek, and decreased sense of smell.

Headaches caused by sinuses will usually last longer than most migraines.

When to Visit A Doctor

It is essential not to ignore sinus headache symptoms, particularly if they cause significant discomfort. It is best to visit a doctor when you experience:

  • Headache for more than 15 days or even a month
  • Pain medication does not assist in treating your headache
  • Numerous and frequent headaches that interfere with your daily activities

It is crucial you know when to see a doctor. Suffering from a sinus headache can lead to adverse effects on your lifestyle. If you are suffering from a sinus headache for an extended period of time, call Sinus Solutions. Our phone number is 702-966-3100.


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