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Dr. James Lin
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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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What is a sinus headache?

What is a sinus headache?

Sinus related : Sinus headaches cause a dull, deep, throbbing pain in the front of your head and face. They are caused by an inflammation in your sinuses, air-filled cavities around your nose, eyes, and cheeks. Bending down or leaning over usually makes the pain worse, as does cold and damp weather. Inflammation is usually caused by inhalant allergy like dust molds pollens or chronic sinus infection ...Read more

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Otc meds for a sinus headache and stuffy nose?

Otc meds for a sinus headache and stuffy nose?

Viral rhinitis: The headache may be effectively relieved by Ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Sinus and nasal congestion may be dealt with by taking otc remedies containing Pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine, with or without an antihistamine. You may have rhinosinusitis, which involves the same treatment, for the most part. These infections are almost always caused by a virus, so antibiotics are rarely indicated. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a sinus headache and a sinus infection? I've heard the term "sinus headache" used frequently.

What's the difference between a sinus headache and a sinus infection? I've heard the term "sinus headache" used frequently.

Not always sinuses: The term sinus headache is way overused. In fact, many "sinus" headache patients have completely clear sinuses on scans.. Meaning it never was coming from the sinuses! migraine is a missed diagnosis in many such patients. If you have sinus infection there is often facial and/or dental pain, nasal drainage, congestion, cough, bad breath, fever etc. If it's just pressure, it is headache. ...Read more

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Is it possible to confuse tension headaches with sinus headaches? Went to ENT and Migraine specialist and ruled sinus infection and migraine out.

Is it possible to confuse tension headaches with sinus headaches? Went to ENT and Migraine specialist and ruled sinus infection and migraine out.

Yes: Journal sometimes only physician can tell the difference between a sinus headache and a tension headache usually sinus headache has a change in symptoms nasal drainage pressure in the cheeks face her tooth discomfort Google online tension headaches with the symptoms and Google online sinus infection headaches and sinus allergy headaches ...Read more

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Can a sinus headache act like a tension headache?

Can a sinus headache act like a tension headache?

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. ...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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How can I cure a sinus headache and sinus pressure?

How can I cure a sinus headache and sinus pressure?

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. ...Read more

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Can a sinus ifection cause a headache, ear ache, and fever?

Can a sinus ifection cause a headache, ear ache, and fever?

Yes: All of these symptoms can indicate a sinus infection or they could be something like the common cold. Generally a cold will make you more congested than a sinus infection. Also a cold will probably resolve in a day or two on its own. If these symptoms are not resolving soon, then you need to see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Which works the best for a sinus headache?

Which works the best for a sinus headache?

Vicks: In addition to things like tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin, nasal decongestants and mucolytics, one thing that I do when i get sinus pressure headaches is to rub Vicks on my forehead. Give it a try! it works for me. ...Read more

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Can a sinus infection cause migraine headaches? Headache all day no relief with cold/sinus meds.otc pain meds don't help.

Can a sinus infection cause migraine headaches? Headache all day no relief with cold/sinus meds.otc pain meds don't help.

Yes: If you have already been diagnosed with true migraines, a sinus infection can indeed bring one on, just as any other illness, stress, diet change, sleep deprivation, etc can bring one on. Occasionally migraines can FEEL like a sinus infection and vise-versa, too. If you are not sure if you have migraine or sinusitis, you should get examined. ...Read more

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Please describe a good home remedy for a pulsating sinus headache ?

Please describe a good home remedy for a pulsating sinus headache ?

Find the cause: Sinus headaches may be due to allergies or a sinus infection. An allergist can help sort this out. Decongestants may help but they can also cause increased blood pressure and possible effects on the thyroid. Urinary retention in males is also possible due to effects on the prostate. ...Read more

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Sinus infection remedy - what works for treating sinus infection?

Sinus infection remedy - what works for treating sinus infection?

Antibiotics work: Antibiotics work, as does inhaling intomy sinuses a warm solution of 1/4 tsp and a pint of water. The xylitol makes the bacteria very slippery so they are easier to get out of the body and less toxic. ...Read more

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Have a bad sinus headache. Looking for a good antihistimane with decongestant in it?

Have a bad sinus headache.  Looking for a good antihistimane with decongestant in it?

Need diagnosis: Although headache may be associated with sinusitis, there are more important symptoms associated with rhino-sinusitis. These are yellow-green nasal discharge, fullness, or pressure in the face, pain between the eyes and post-nasal drainage. Headache as an isolated symptom is not commonly caused by a sinus infection. The gold standard to make a diagnosis of sinusitis is a cat scan of sinuses. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a bad sinus headache?

Stress HA = migraine: 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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Opinions on what's an atypical natural remedy for sinus headaches?

Opinions on what's an atypical natural remedy 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. ...Read more

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Headaches and face numbness; sinus infection or migraines?

Headaches and face numbness; sinus infection or migraines?

Magnesium Deficiency: Fine tune you wellness program with vits minerals, stretching yoga and massage. A good deep tissue specialist will unlock your neck, shoulders and jaws to turn off the headache triggers. Acupuncture is my treatment of choice. Magnesium glycinate as in kal branded is one of the best. Epsoms salts soaking is a great way to peace and quiet. Stay away from opiates, soma, (carisoprodol) ultram and butalbital. ...Read more

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What's good OTC medicine for a cluster headache?

What's good OTC medicine for a cluster headache?

Avoid Rebound: Taking any medications whether they be otc or prescription for headaches over and over will lead to the development of rebound "headaches, probably the most difficult type of headache to treat and control. ...Read more

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How to treat sinus pain, headache, earache with no cough?

How to treat sinus pain, headache, earache with no cough?

Sounds like a virus: You are describing a upper respiratory infection. Many of these can last several weeks before your feel normal. It is also possible that you have caught a second one. Try some OTC sinus medication (generic Clartin-D) for the pressure and postnasal drip. See a doctor if things worsen. ...Read more

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What is an ear, nose, throat specialist do for someone with chronic sinus problems?

What is an ear, nose, throat specialist do for someone with chronic sinus problems?

Otolaryngologist: An otolyaryngologist would obtain a medical history and a physical exam. Radiographic studies may be done and a scope may be placed up the nose to visualize the sinus etc. The doctor will develop a treatment plan depending on the findings of the evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...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