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A 43-year-old male asked:

can a sinus headache act like a tension headache?

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Dr. Vladimir Zuzukin
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Headaches: Headaches are notoriously frustrating for patients and their doctors alike. Any headache can present and masquerade as any other headache. Numerous cases of misdiagnosis and mistreatment because of this. Classic sinus HA is forehead or facial pressure with nasal congestion. Classic tension HA is in the temples or a ringlike band around head with stress or jaw grinding.
Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Yes- need history: While both headaches sound different, both can cause "tension" headache symptoms of bi-temporal pain. Risk: chronic sinus infection.. Questions: do you have a fever? Facial pressure sensations? Green or yellow colored nasal drainage? Are the bones over the sinuses sore when you tap them briskly with fingertip? . If any of the above, please see your phsician.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How to tell if I have a tension headache or sinus headache?

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Dr. Mark Loury
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 39 years experience
Sometimes hard: In general tension ha start later in the day and are in a band across the forehead and temples with no other nasal symptoms. Sinus ha to most people are actually migraine which are severe, have nausea, sound and light sensitivity. True sinus ha almost always have other nasal symptoms, are worse in the am and parallel the degree of nasal congestion, colds and allergy.

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