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How long could sinus headaches last?

How long could sinus headaches last?

Weeks: If untreated the pain can last for weeks. If untreated the infection can spread into the orbits around the eyes or into the brain. If you think you have a sinus infection, see your physician. ...Read more

Dr. Chad Levitt
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Sinus (Definition)

In anatomy, a sinus is a cavity within a bone or other tissue. Most commonly found in the bones of the face and connecting with the nasal cavities. Sinus (anatomy), description of the general term paranasal sinuses, air cavities in the cranial bones, especially those near the nose, including: the maxillary sinuses, also called the maxillary antra and the largest of the ...Read more


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How long can a sinus infection and sinus headaches last if left untreated?

How long can a sinus infection and sinus headaches last if left untreated?

Sinus Infection: Untreated, under treated, or even treated sinus infections can turn into "Chronic Sinus Infection" which could last indefinitely in some sinuses. Some require surgical drainage. I have had sinus surgery, believe me you do not want that surgery (sorry my ENT colleagues) so if you are trying to forgo treatment of your sinus infection, DON'T!!! ...Read more

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Can a 'normal' headache, or headache caused by sinus pain turn into a migraine, if left untreated for too long?

Can a 'normal' headache, or headache caused by sinus pain turn into a migraine, if left untreated for too long?

Different animals: Sinus headaches are caused by increased pressure in the sinuses, usually by some sort of blockage. Migraines arise from different processes, though it hey are not fully understood.

That said, untreated can sometimes lead to potentially serious consequences. So sinus infections that last for more than a few days or get worse should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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I have been taking 1-2 extra strength tylenol (acetaminophen) a day for 3 weeks due to sinus headaches while I wait to see allergist. Is that safe daily? For how long

I have been taking 1-2 extra strength tylenol (acetaminophen) a day for 3 weeks due to sinus headaches while I wait to see allergist. Is that safe daily? For how long

Tylenol (acetaminophen) safety: Typically, 6 grams of tylenol (acetaminophen) per day is safe for most adults, which would be two 500mg tablets every 4 hrs. However, two every 6 hrs. Would be a better choice. If you are treating a sinus pressure headache, try adding an over the counter decongestant nasal spray such as afrin, neosynephrine, 4-way etc. Be careful not to use these products for more than 2 days as they can cause rebound congestion. ...Read more

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Should I be worried about neck pain lasting longer than a week and now causing headaches and what feels like sinus pain? Worried about brain aneurysm.

Should I be worried about neck pain lasting longer than a week and now causing headaches and what feels like sinus pain?
Worried about brain aneurysm.

Not really: Brain aneurysm wouldn't cause such as the main diagnostic symptoms, you probably have neck sprain, try pain killers on regular basis, unless contraindicated, if no improvement, see your doctor, take care ...Read more

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My head MRI showed a small retention cyst in the sphenoid sinus. Headaches and dizziness last week hence the mri. Smoker, sleep apnea from time to time.?

My head MRI showed a small retention cyst in the sphenoid sinus. Headaches and dizziness last week hence the mri. Smoker, sleep apnea from time to time.?

MRI very sensitive: Just because you have something in the sinus, it does not mean it is the cause of your symptoms. Retention cysts are common. Does light or sound bother you when you have the headache? Do you have visual changes before the headache comes? If so you may have migraine. ...Read more

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How can I clear up sinus headaches?

How can I clear up sinus headaches?

Underlying cause: Many times these are related to underlying environmental allergies, & so tx aimed at that can help a lot. An otc option that i usually tell my patients about are nasal saline sprays & sometimes nasal rinse products. Pls be careful to follow the directions carefully! Otc antihistamines are plentiful but can have interactions. I usually recomend that my pts avoid decongestants. Prob talk w/ ur doc. ...Read more

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What can I take for severe sinus headaches?

What can I take for severe sinus headaches?

Sinus or migraine: The vast majority of patients I see with "bad sinus headaches" in reality have migraine or tmj. It is important to see an ENT doctor to eliminate sinus from being a possibility. In general if a headache is so bad you have to lay down and light and sound bothers you it is most likely not sinus but a migraine. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have sinus headaches?

How do you know if you have sinus headaches?

Imaging: True "sinus" headaches are much less common than other types of headache, such as migraine, tension, medication rebound headache, TMJ issues, etc. To complicate matters, migraines may cause nasal congestion, and some sinus issues may trigger migraines. In most cases, the only definitive way to identify a probable "sinus" headache is to get a ct or mri. See a neurologist or ENT doctor. ...Read more

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What's a good way to address sinus headaches?

What's a good way to address sinus headaches?

Sometimes hard: Up to 80-90% of patients who selfdiagnose sinus headaches actually are migraine which are severe, have nausea, sound and light sensitivity, last up to 3 days, and are so severe that they interfere with work or school. True sinus ha almost always have other nasal symptoms, are worse in the am and parallel the degree of nasal congestion, colds and allergy. Perhaps start first with otc migraine meds. ...Read more

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What are some home remedies for sinus headaches?

What are some home remedies for sinus headaches?

Homeopathy: Aromatherpay and chinese medicine are three modalities that can help. If it is truly from sinuses then homeopathic kali bichromicum can relieve. Green apple scent can help as can massage around the temples, over the eyebrows and under eyes. Mild heat can increase circulation and often provides some relief. ...Read more

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What are sinus headaches? What are the symptoms?

What are sinus headaches? What are the symptoms?

Pressure, pain: Sinus pressure and infections may results in symptoms of facial pain or headaches as well as ear pain. Ear pain may be radiating or referred pain, or potentially from eustachian tube problems secondary to sinus issues. Pressure symptoms may be at the forehead, cheekbones, around the eyes, or between the eyes. Pain may also radiate to the back of the head or upper teeth. ...Read more

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What should I do about constant sinus headaches?

See an ENT: See an ENT and get a ct sinus to see where these headaches are coming from. ...Read more

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How come I get sinus headaches but only at night?

How come I get sinus headaches but only at night?

Nose swelling: -turbinates in your nose could be swelling because you are lying flat. You may also have a deviated septum that is making contact with them when they swell. Visit www. Kevinsmithmd for more information. ...Read more

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What works most effectively to do about sinus headaches?

What works most effectively to do about sinus headaches?

Find the cause: In order to treat something effectively you must first find the cause. Most probably you have allergies and skin testing would be the first step in finding a cause. A sinus infection is also possible. See your doctor for guidance. ...Read more

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What is a good nonprescription medicine for sinus headaches?

What is a good nonprescription medicine for sinus headaches?

Saline: Saline irrigations (neti pot or irrigation squeeze bottle) are particularly quite safe and effective in treating and preventing chronic sinus infections and symptoms. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat my sinus headaches that I have every day?

Migraine help: Although it feels like the sinuses, your headaches are probably migraines. Migraine pain can sometimes feel "sinusy". Sinuses generally don't cause headaches. In cases like yours, patients are usually placed on a preventative agent taken daily to reduce the pain, and an acute agent (ie a triptan ie imitrex) to take when the headache comes. You may also have rebound/medication overuse headache. ...Read more

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How can you most effectively end daily sinus pain and headaches?

How can you most effectively end daily sinus pain and headaches?

Sinus pain/headaches: If it's just allergic rhinitis (seasonal allergies), you can try an over the counter anti-histamine such as claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec, allegra. Use one of those in conjunction with a sinus rinse. A well-known brand is neil med. www.neilmed.com. You should see your primary care provider to see if maybe you have a sinus infection. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what are sinus headaches and what are the symptoms?

Can you tell me what are sinus headaches and what are the symptoms?

Misnomer: It is a misnomer for migraines because the location of pain happens to be over cheeks or forehead. These so called sinus headaches are intermittent. Pain of sinusitis would be constant pain over the sinus usually associated with fever. It should not be intermittent pain. Simply presence of fluid in the sinus on ct scan is not proof of sinusitis. Draining of sinuses does not control pain but does. ...Read more

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Wondering if sinus headaches are more common based on a particular geographic location?

No: I don't beileve so, although highly polluted areas may cause more reactive airway disease, and may cause nasal congestion as part of this. ...Read more

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I have been getting sinus headaches daily for a while. Seems to be almost all year and nothing helps. What could cause this and what can help?

I have been getting sinus headaches daily for a while. Seems to be almost all year and nothing helps. What could cause this and what can help?

How do you know?: You sure it's a sinus headache? Many causes for headaches. If you do have chronic sinus congestion may need antibiotics or prescription nasal steroid or CT scan of sinuses ...Read more

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Have two dogs I'm allergic I used to be okay living with them I moved out andbak in but I notice I get sinus headaches if I am home alldayisitthedogs?

Have two dogs I'm allergic I used to be okay living with them I moved out andbak in but I notice I get sinus headaches if I am home alldayisitthedogs?

Loss of tolerance: You might have developed tolerance to the dogs at first then became sensitized after an absence of exposure or might just have become newly allergic to them. Try some antihistamine/decongestant. If this does not help, see an allergist. ...Read more

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What to do to prevent sinus headaches?

What to do to prevent sinus headaches?

Know the factors: That can be a difficult thing to do, but if you know what brings on the headaches... You can minimize those factors. 1) if they are seasonal headaches. Seek allergy treatment 2) if they are persistent and chronic — it may be chronic infection that needs to be treated 3) if related to weather changes or changes is altitude then you may need chronic medical therapy — nasal steroids/antihistamines. ...Read more

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Why do I get sinus headaches and migraines?

Why do I get sinus headaches and migraines?

Migraines and Sinus: Migraines and sinus headaches are sometimes related as a sinus headache can trigger a migraine. I think you first need to address the possibility of allergies as a potential cause. Read up on dietary changes to help with migraines. Consult with your family physician or gyn about migraine headaches and see a neurologist if needed. Are you on bcps? Migraines are horrible but there is help! ...Read more

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What is the best remedy for sinus headaches?

HEADACHE: A headache caused by sinusitis needs to be treated by antibiotics by an ENT doctor, for the headache specifically, NSAID such as Ibuprofen is good. ...Read more

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Can Botox help with recurring sinus headaches?

Can Botox help with recurring sinus headaches?

Take decongestants: some people may think so, but I would rather take decongestants as a 1st line treatment ...Read more

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What can cause bad sinus headaches besides sinusitis?

Without know more: Detail it is ahrd to say. What make you feel it is sinus? You could be having tension headache, migraine, allergy, eye strain..... Many types of headaches. Follow up with your dr for more information. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Klein
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Sinus Pain (Definition)

Sinus pain = discomfort in cavities in the head & face. This may be due to congestion or infection of the sinuses. See this article ...Read more