Sinuses are spaces located on the forehead, cheekbones and behind the bridge of the nose. Sinuses are usually air filled and secrete mucus which is used in air filtration. Furthermore, sinuses strengthen the skull, thus increasing its ability to resist trauma and allowing more resonance in voice. There are four different types and are named according to the area they are located, they include frontal sinus, maxillary sinus, ethmoid sinus and sphenoid sinus. However, when sinuses are inflamed due to some factor such as allergic reaction, infection or tumor they cause a pain that is similar to a headache, hence the name sinus headache.
Why Do Sinus Headache Symptoms Occur?
What is sinus headache and how does it occur? Sinus headache is the pain that occurs once the sinus gets inflamed. The inflammation results to a decrease the drain of the sinus, hence causing a build of pressure. Furthermore, sinus headache is also associated to swelling of the sinuses lining which increases the secretion of mucus and fluid. The increase in fluid and mucus due to excessive secretion and the build up of pressure are the main cause of sinus headache. Sinus headache is very painful more all less similar to that of migraine headache, tension headache, cluster headache or chronic daily headache, and the dominant symptom. However, sinus headache symptoms are not dis-similar to that of other headaches but are commonly misdiagnosed as a migraine headache.
On this note, it will be prudent that you understood clearly all the sinus head pain symptoms to avoid misdiagnosis. Misdiagnosing can result to adverse effect on your body due to improper medications. It is very easy to diagnose sinus headache yourself by understanding its symptoms, for example if you have a persistent cold together with a painful headache, then you might be suffering from sinus headache. However, if the headache only last for only a day and you have no persistent cold then you are suffering from migraine. The pain is mainly centered on your eyes, forehead, face, cheekbones and areas of the nose. It is usually either constant slow or deep pain marked by pressure around the above areas.
It usually worsens when there is a sudden movement of the head either forward or backward. Additionally, pain will also intensify when you are blowing your nose or when you expose your head to sudden temperature change for example when you move to a warm room from a warm room. Once your sinus have being infected or inflamed the first symptom is cold or flu. Some of the flu or cold symptoms that are associated with sinus headache are sore throat, cough, chills and nasal congestion. But as the infection becomes more severe you will have a condition known as malaise. Furthermore, you will experience mild to moderate fever and also feel fatigued. These symptoms are common in migraine, but for migraine you will only feel as if you have a fever but you usually don’t which is vice versa for sinus headache. Additionally, sinus pressure headache symptoms usually last longer than those of migraine.
Sinus Head Pain Symptoms And Mucus Discharge
The other common sinus headache symptom is mucus discharge. With a sinus headache you will also deal with post nasal drip more often. Nasal discharge is usually either yellow or green, or blood-tinged. Apart from tenderness, pain and pressure around the sinus, other symptoms of sinus headache include pain behind the ears and tooth ache on the upper teeth. However, it is important to consult your doctor if you are experiencing the above symptoms so that he can determine if they are actually as a result of sinuses blockage. Once it has being confirmed that you have a sinus infection it’s important to treat it immediately. Untreated sinus infection can spread to the brain and cause more harm. Some of the home remedies that can ease sinus headache symptoms includeBreathing moist airAlternating hot and cold compresses, for example applying the affected facial area with hot compresses for three minutes and the cold compresses for thirty seconds.
Apart from home remedies, there are other medications can be found over the counter or prescription only to alleviate sinus headache symptoms. Over the counter medications include oral and spray decongestant. If these decongestants do not work your doctor can prescribe a nasal spray that contains steroids. Moreover, if medication is not helping in alleviating your sinus headache symptoms, surgery will be recommended.
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