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How Long Do Sinus Headaches Last
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
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
Can a 'normal' headache, or headache caused by sinus pain turn into a migraine, if left untreated for too long?
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
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
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.
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.?
I am experiencing calf pain, fatigue, sinus pain, difficulty thinking, headache (severity: mild), and stomach upset. I got a concussion last Tuesday.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
What are some natural ways to assist in relieving headaches? Differences between "regular headaches" & "sinus headaches"?
2000 vit c daily would be the least expensive and natural way.
Sinus headaches will worsen when you bind down (head down). ...Read more
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?
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?
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
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