Sinus Headache

Sinus Headache

29 June 2014,   By ,   0 Comments

Sinus headaches are defined as a feeling of deep pain and pressure above your nose and sometimes between your eyes. Sinus headaches can range from annoying to severe, and they can sometimes be hard to treat.

Sinus headaches are headaches that may accompany sinusitis, a condition in which the membranes lining your sinuses become swollen and inflamed. You may feel pressure around your eyes, cheeks and forehead. Perhaps your head throbs.

 

Many people, who assume they have sinus headaches, including many who have received a diagnosis of sinus headaches, actually have migraines or tension headaches.

When sinus headaches caused by sinusitis do occur, proper diagnosis and treatment are the keys to relief.

What causes Sinus headache?

While a sinus inflammation (sinusitis) may be caused by a viral infection, much like a cold that causes swelling in the nose, the inflammation and decreased ability of the sinuses to drain may also be caused by an allergic reaction like hay fever.

Inflammation, like anywhere else in the body, causes swelling and increased fluid production. In the sinuses, this decreases the ability of the sinuses to drain. The increased inflammatory fluid production (just like the weeping observed with a skin injury) combines with the decrease in drainage to cause the pain and pressure of a sinus headache.

Nature does not like stagnant fluid, and after a period of time, bacteria and viruses may travel from the nasal cavities into the stagnant fluid within the sinus cavity and cause an infection. Less commonly, fungal infections may cause a sinus infection, and even more rarely, tumours can invade the sinus.

The maxillary sinus sits underneath the eye within the cheekbone. The upper teeth attach to the lower portion of this bone, and dental infections can travel up the root of the tooth and infect the sinus directly.

Dangers of Drugs for Sinus Headache Treatment

Medical doctors generally treat Sinus headache symptoms with different kinds of medications.

Regularly taking some of the most popular painkillers on the market [paracetamol, aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen six or seven days per week over a two-year period] is linked to a much greater risk of stroke and heart attack from higher blood pressure, according to research from a large American study.

Powerful drugs can numb your nervous system so the pain doesn’t register. While these approaches may be convenient, they can cause adverse effects and kidney or liver damage. Worse, they don’t correct the underlying cause of the headache.

How to Relieve Sinus Headaches Naturally:

  • Acupressure is helpful for some people. There are pressure points on both sides of the nose near your nostrils that when pressed gently for a of couple minutes can provide relief. Other points that work are where the ridge of your eyebrows connects with the bridge of your nose.
  • Massage. Gently massage the sinus cavities with your fingertips.
  • Place a small towel in hot water and apply to your forehead or across the front of your face in the sinus cavity area.
  • Close the bathroom door, turn the shower on as hot as you can tolerate it and stand under it.
    Let the hot water beat on your face in the area of the sinus cavities. Make sure the door is shut, so that steam will build up in the room. This will release the pressure and loosen mucous.
  • Hydrate. Keeping yourself well-hydrated helps to ensure your sinuses are well, which can ease sinusitis. So drink plenty of fluids — eight tall glasses of water a day is a good goal. Fill a tall bottle with cool water and keep it at hand so that you can take small sips throughout the day.
  • Clear the air. Avoid pollutants in the air, stay indoors if the air quality is poor, and above all, avoid anyone who is smoking a cigarette. Obviously, puffing on a cigarette yourself is like writing a request for a sinusitis attack.
  • Control allergies. Since allergies can cause sinusitis, know your allergy triggers and do your best to avoid them. If that is not possible, see an allergist to investigate desensitisation treatments designed to help the body develop an immunity to the offending substance.
  • Chiropractic Care

Patients who suffer from sinus headaches usually prefer chiropractic adjustments, along with other chiropractic care methods including massage and trigger point therapy. These methods can either be done alone or in combination with one another to realign the skeletons and eliminate the cycle of pain. It can also help to release muscular tension that could bring about moderate to severe levels of pain.

Patients who suffer from sinus headaches are recommended to undergo several sessions to find effective relief and treatment from their condition. This comes as a result of reducing the amount of nerve irritation and facilitate in muscle relaxation. For a more effective long-term treatment plan against headaches, chiropractors recommend regular exercise, stretching, proper posture, and relaxation techniques to help alleviate the pain and symptoms of this condition.


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