What's Causing My Sinus Headaches?

photo-of-man-touching-his-head-3752834.jpgSinus headaches are awful. Those who have them regularly know that they can ruin your day and bring your productivity to a grinding halt. Often mistaken for migraines, sinus headaches are more often associated with sinus infections, facial pain, discolored mucus, and even fever. So, what causes them, and what can be done to treat them? Let's find out.

Causes of Sinus Headaches

If you suffer from regular sinus headaches, there are a few things that could be triggering them. The two most common culprits are allergies and chronic sinusitis (or chronic sinus infections.) These two things often go hand-in-hand, but there are differences in what the root causes may be and how best to treat them.

Treating Sinus Headaches

What is the best way to get rid of sinus headaches? Treat the root cause. If seasonal or environmental allergies are the issue, then allergy testing and treatment are the best way to get rid of them. If chronic sinusitis is the core problem, we have a number of options for effective treatment, including Balloon Sinuplasty, to get you feeling better sooner. If you're in the Athens/North GA area, Ashford Clinic specializes in treating these issues and we are here to help. Give us a call at (706) 248-6860 to learn more and to schedule an appointment. We'll get you scheduled as soon as possible and work to get effectively treat the underlying causes of your ENT issues.

If you can't make it to a medical professional, there are some options for treating symptoms at home that you can explore, including

  • Pain Relievers (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, etc.)
  • Drinking plenty of water to thin out the mucus
  • Draining your nasal passages - see Dr. Ashford's tutorial
  • Drink chamomile, blackberry, or peppermint tea to help with sinus pressure
  • Avoid dairy products, as dairy thickens the mucus in your head