Sinus Headache - CMC

A sinus headache is a type of headache that is caused by inflammation or infection in the sinuses. The sinuses are air-filled cavities in the skull that are located behind the forehead, cheeks, and eyes. When the sinuses become inflamed, they can cause pressure and pain that is felt in the forehead, cheeks, and around the eyes.

The symptoms of a sinus headache may include:

  • Pain or pressure in the forehead, cheeks, or around the eyes
  • Nasal congestion or stuffiness
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

If you suspect that you have a sinus headache, it is important to see a healthcare professional. They can perform a physical exam and may order imaging tests, such as a CT scan or MRI, to confirm the diagnosis and determine the extent of the inflammation.

Treatment for a sinus headache may include:

  • Pain relievers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to alleviate pain and fever
  • Nasal decongestants to reduce swelling and improve breathing
  • Nasal corticosteroid sprays to reduce inflammation
  • Saline nasal irrigation to flush out mucus and irritants
  • Antibiotics, in some cases, to treat bacterial infections

In addition to these treatments, it may be helpful to rest, stay hydrated, and use warm compresses to alleviate pain and pressure.

If sinus headaches are recurrent or persistent, it is important to identify the underlying cause of the inflammation and treat it appropriately. Allergies, infections, and structural abnormalities can all contribute to sinus headaches, and addressing these underlying issues can help to prevent future headaches.

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