Common to the front of the head
Sinus pressure head aches are experienced in the front of the head and are typically caused by inflammation of the sinuses. The recognizable symptom is a dull-deep-throbbing pain in the face which is felt directly behind the eyes. This symptom is exaggerated while bending down or leaning over. Cold, damp weather can aggravate the condition also. A sinus pressure head ache present in the morning may be gone by the end of the day. Sometimes defying a diagnosis, these head aches can resemble a tension head ache or a migraine.
Specific signs and symptoms
Specific signs and symptoms of sinus pressure head aches are typically a face that is tender to touch; increased pain accompanying bending and sudden movements, and increased pain in the morning. The build up and draining of mucus during the night can contribute to causing this last symptom. Another activity that contributes to this painful condition is going from warm to cold environments. These head aches usually follow the wake of a bad cold or the flu and are accompanied by other symptoms. These other symptoms can include post-nasal drip, yellow and green discharges from the nose, redness and swelling of the nasal passages, and moderate fever. A person suffering from sinus pressure head aches will experience malaise (a general sense of feeling ill), fatigue, and sometimes migraines.
Common causes of sinus pressure head aches
These kinds of head aches are usually caused by a condition called sinusitis. That condition is typically caused by respiratory infection or allergies. When sinuses become inflamed, they no longer allow air and mucus to circulate properly like healthy sinuses would allow. When these passages swell and become blocked, the mucus cannot drain, causing pressure to build up behind your face. Sinuses in this condition are a good breeding ground for bacteria, fungus and viruses.
Recommended treatment for a sinus pressure head ache is to treat the underlying causes- mainly the sinus inflammation. This is the best way to avoid a sinus head ache. Doctors sometimes prescribe an antibiotic or a corticosteroid. Life style changes are another thing that can affect this condition. Using a humidifier and flushing the nasal passages with a saline solution will have a positive affect. There are dietary supplements like Bromelain and Quercetin, along with certain herbs that work in conjunction with antibiotics to strengthen the immune system. Some of the herbs that can contribute to your efforts are Chinese skull cap, Devil’s claw, Feverfew, and Willow.