What to do About a Sinus Headache

Almost everyone suffers from headaches every once in a while. Tension, jaw pain, eye fatigue, and allergies can all cause headaches that drain you of energy and enthusiasm for work or hobbies and even make relaxation impossible to enjoy. 

Sinus headaches cause a deep pressure that can make your cheeks, eyes, ears, and teeth ache. If you have sinusitis, you might need more than an ibuprofen and a nap to treat your headaches. 

At ENT of New Orleans, with four locations in the Greater New Orleans area, our team of providers can deliver lasting relief for headaches caused by sinusitis.

Recognizing sinus headaches 

Your sinuses are the air-filled pockets behind your cheeks, nose, and forehead. If these spaces become inflamed, the swelling and congestion can cause pressure to build in your face. This can lead to the aching and tenderness associated with sinus headaches

This pain is usually centered in the face, but it can radiate to your eyes, ears, and even to your teeth. And you might experience additional symptoms, such as: 

Frequent sinus headaches are most often a sign of chronic sinusitis, or a long-term congestion of the sinuses. Chronic or recurring sinusitis can often be traced to other issues, such as allergies, infections, blockages, or a deviated septum. 

It’s important to emphasize the differences between migraines and sinus headaches. Recent studies show that migraines are commonly misdiagnosed as sinus headaches.

Sinus headaches do not typically cause sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, or vomiting. If your pain has become severe and you experience these symptoms, consult with a migraine specialist. 

Treatment for sinus headaches 

If you experience headaches caused by sinusitis, you have a number of treatment options. At ENT of New Orleans, our team provides: 

Surgery is reserved for patients with chronic sinusitis that doesn’t respond to conservative treatments. You might need surgery if your sinusitis is caused by blockages or severe congestion. 

Functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) can be performed on patients with nasal polyps, tumors, or other blockages in the nasal passages. With this surgery, your provider removes the abnormal tissue to allow for better drainage. 

Another common procedure is balloon sinuplasty. During this procedure, a small balloon is inserted into a sinus passage and inflated slowly. Then, your provider flushes your sinuses with a saline solution, deflates the balloon, and removes it. This allows your provider to expand your sinus passages and also flush out pus and mucus that has built up. 

To get a thorough evaluation and to learn about your treatment options, book an appointment online or over the phone with ENT of New Orleans today.

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