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Sinus Headache – What is it?

Sinus Headache – What is it?

Many suffer from headache and related pain due to Sinus which feels like an infection in the Sinusitis. The pain usually is around the eyes, cheeks and forehead. You may feel like a throbbing or pulsating headache.

I am one who is suffering from similar headache and I know there are many like me. Sometimes if you press your eyeball you will feel a relaxation in the pain. The eyebrow and the forehead are two main areas apart from the side where you feel severe pain.

Sinuses are air-filled spaces inside the forehead, cheekbones and behind the bridges of the nose. When they get inflamed due to an allergic reaction or infection, they swell, make more mucus and the channels that drain them get blocked. The build up of pressure in the sinuses causes pain that feels like headache.


The associated symptoms can be all or any of these.

  • Pain on your upper teeth
  • Stuffy Nose
  • Fatigue
  • Severe pain while bending forward, sitting or lie down
  • Pain on your cheeks, eyebrow and forehead

Migraine and headache from sinusitis are easy to be confused as the symptoms may overlap for these two. For this reason, people having headache from sinusitis could actually be suffering from migraine.

Unlike Migraine, the headache from Sinusitis is not generally show symptoms like vomiting or nausea. Noise and Bright Light aggravate Migraine but this normally do not happen with headache from Sinusitis.

Risks, Remedy and Prevention

Family history, previous history of such headaches and hormonal changes can be reasons for headache from sinusitis. Food items that trigger headache should be avoided. Regular exercises can prevent such headaches to a great extent. In women having such headache, estrogen may trigger and make it worse. In such cases, avoid medications that contain estrogen.

Consult your doctor if the headache could not be controlled with over the counter medications or pain killers. When it is difficult to identify migraine or sinusitis related headache, never attempt self-treatments.

Medicines that work for someone may work differently with others and therefore, don’t follow others’ advises blindly and end up in difficulties.

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Born and brought up in Kerala, I did my schooling in Kerala and graduated (B.Sc Physics) from the Calicut University. I have worked with a Swedish Company from 1994 to 2015, as a Senior Project Manager in their Group IT Division in Dubai. This blog is the result of my strong desire to communicate with others, sharing what I know and what I could gather from various sources.


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