Sinus Headache Symptoms
The area around the eyes, nose and cheeks is filled with air. These air filled cavities are called sinus. When there is inflammation in the sinus, the nasal path gets narrow and the mucus cannot be removed out of the body. As a result, viral, fungal and bacterial infection may occur. This inflammation is called sinusitis. Sinusitis can cause severe headache, common cold and flu, nasal congestion, throat congestion and chest congestion. The pain in the head aggravates while bending and leaning forward.
Sinus headache is not as severe as a migraine headache, though it can be very irritating. The sinus headache symptoms may be different from person to person. Some of the Sinus Headache symptoms are -
- Severe cold in spite of medication.
- Pain in the head aggravates when leaning or bending forward.
- Blockage of nose
- Irritation in throat
- Unable to sleep of flat back
- Pain in the ‘T’ area forehead, around the eyes and nose.
- Mild fever
- Swelling in the eye lids.
- Bad breathe
- Swelling of the gums
If the high fever persists that it is advisable to consult your doctor immediately. The patient experiences pain in the infected sinus cavity.
- Maxillary sinuses - Infection of the maxillary sinuses leads to an ache in the jaws and teeth. The area around the cheek becomes soft.
- Frontal sinuses – The person experiences pain when the forehead is touched. There is reddening of the eye and water comes out of the eye.
- Sphenoid sinuses – Pain is experienced in the neck, ears, and head. This infection occurs rarely. The ear pain can get unbearable.
- Ethmoid sinuses – When the sinuses placed between the eyes get infected, it leads to inflammation of the eyelids. The pain is experienced in the central forehead.
There are chances of getting sinusitis if common cold persists for more than 3 to 4 days.
To prevent sinusitis -
- Take proper care in case you have a tendency to get common cold.
- Use a humidifier in your room. When the air is moist, the nose drains better.
- Drink lots of water. It helps in draining the nose better.
- Avoid swimming and diving, as this may aggravate sinus headache.
- Stop consuming alcohol and smoking.
- Avoid moving in a polluted area. Pollution may cause the sinus lining to swell.
- Often air travel aggravates sinus, this is due to the change in air pressure. Air travel can cause discomfort in the ears.
- Milk and milk products increase the mucus production. Try to avoid them when you are infected with sinusitis.
- Inhaling steam with eucalyptus, pine or peppermint oil may relieve sinus headache.
- Taking hot showers or soaking yourself in hot water bath also provides relief from sinus headache. Add a few drops of eucalyptus, pine or peppermint oil to your bath.
- Add a drop of pure ghee or castor oil in both the nostrils every day.