Sinus headache is only a symptom of an infection in the sinuses known as sinusitis. Sinus headache will usually happen somewhere on top of the infected sinus or sinuses. There are 4 major types of sinuses, the maxillary sinuses, frontal sinuses, ethmoid sinuses, and sphenoid sinuses. If the sinus headache is near the cheeks, the infected sinus is the maxillary sinus, if the sinus headache is on top of the eyes, the infected sinus is the frontal sinus, if the sinus headache is between the eyes, the infected sinus is the ethmoid sinus, and if the sinus headache is located behind the eyes, the infected sinus is the sphenoid sinus.
How to Care for a Sinus Headache?
Knowing the exact causative factor for the sinus congestion or for the sinus infection or sinusitis, it will be easier to find the most effective treatment for the sinus infection or an effective management. Here are some tips that can help in caring for a sinus headache or totally eliminating the sinus headache.
- Pain Relievers – there are some people who can’t tolerate or take the pain from a sinus headache, and usually take pain relievers. However, pain relievers should be taken with caution since there are some people who do not find pain relievers effective and some are allergic with pain relievers. Pain relievers may include acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirins, or ibuprofens. Aspirins should not be given to children without their doctor’s consent.
- Warm compress – applying cold compress over congested and inflamed sinuses can help in reducing pain.
- If the nasal drainage is discolored, call your doctor right away. The color of the sinus drainage will depend on the causative factor of the sinus infection. If drainage is discolored, it will most probably indicate a serious sinus infection.
- Elevate head of bed during sleep. Sleeping with the head elevated can help in the sinus drainage for better or faster healing.
- Nasal spray decongestants – Over the counter nasal decongestants can usually improve or provide some relief in nasal congestions. However, always keep in mind never to use nasal congestions for more than a few days because nasal decongestants can be addictive to some people.
- If you have known allergens, as much as possible, avoid all your allergens for not to trigger inflammation of the sinuses. Allergies can not only cause inflamed sinuses, it can also cause sinus headaches.