Sinus headaches often resemble sinus infections (sinusitis), leading to facial pain and tenderness. The sensation frequently presents as a persistent, mild throbbing located around the eyes, cheekbones, forehead, and the nasal bridge. Sudden head movements or bending over tend to exacerbate the ache. Typically, these headaches subside as the underlying sinus infection naturally resolves.
However, it is advisable to seek medical attention if the headache persists for more than a week, as it could indicate a more serious concern.
These are some possible signs and symptoms of sinus headaches:
Distinguishing between migraines and sinusitis–related headaches can be confusing due to overlapping symptoms. Both worsen with forward bending. Migraines involve nasal signs due to the autonomic system, leading to the misdiagnosis of sinus headaches. Unlike migraines, sinusitis headaches lack nausea, vomiting, noise, and light sensitivity. Sinusitis–related headaches follow colds, have discolored mucus, affect smell, and cause cheek or teeth pain. Sinus headaches last longer, while migraines last hours to a day or two.
When to Seek Medical Attention:
Sinus headaches are often associated with migraines or other types of headaches, characterized by facial and sinus pain, along with nasal symptoms. It’s important to understand that these headaches are typically not related to sinus infections and generally do not require antibiotic treatment.
Sinus headaches arise due to sinus infections. Understanding the factors that increase the risk of sinus infections can be beneficial in reducing the occurrence of such headaches. The risk factors include:
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