Sinus Headache

A sinus headache is when your sinuses become clogged or swollen. Sinus headaches can range from mild to severe.

CAUSES

A sinus headache can have different causes, such as:

  • Colds.

  • Sinus infections.

  • Allergies.

SYMPTOMS

Symptoms of a sinus headache may vary and can include:

  • Headache.

  • Pain or pressure in the face.

  • Congested or runny nose.

  • Fever.

  • Inability to smell.

  • Pain in upper teeth.

Weather changes can make symptoms worse.

TREATMENT

The treatment of a sinus headache depends on the cause.

  • Sinus pain caused by a sinus infection may be treated with antibiotic medicine.

  • Sinus pain caused by allergies may be helped by allergy medicines (antihistamines) and medicated nasal sprays.

  • Sinus pain caused by congestion may be helped by flushing the nose and sinuses with saline solution.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • If antibiotics are prescribed, take them as directed. Finish them even if you start to feel better.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

  • If you have congestion, use a nasal spray to help reduce pressure.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have a fever.

  • You have headaches more than once a week.

  • You have sensitivity to light or sound.

  • You have repeated nausea and vomiting.

  • You have vision problems.

  • You have sudden, severe pain in your face or head.

  • You have a seizure.

  • You are confused.

  • Your sinus headaches do not get better after treatment. Many people think they have a sinus headache when they actually have migraines or tension headaches.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.