Causes & Symptoms of Sinus Headaches

Sinus HeadacheSinus headaches cause a mild but persistent pain in the front of your head. This is because of the inflammation in your sinuses, caused when the cavities around your nose, cheeks and eyes get filled with air. The pain can be made worse by bending over or leaning as well as cold and damp weather. The problem with sinus headaches is that they tend to be difficult to diagnose due to the similarity of their symptoms and the symptoms of tension headaches and migraines.

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Cause Of Sinus Headaches

Sinus headaches can be caused by sinusitis which is the inflammation and blockage of the sinuses. The blockage or inflammation can either be caused by allergies or an infection of the respiratory system namely a flu or a cold.

When sinuses become inflamed, the nasal passages get blocked. This does not allow the mucus to drain and also provides a place for viruses and bacteria to live and grow. Sinusitis can be caused by anything that doesn’t allow the sinuses to drain, most commonly, a cold.

Risk factors For Sinus Infection

• Diving or swimming frequently
• Nasal bone spurs or swellings, cleft palate or a deviated septum.
• Having allergies such as asthma or hay fever that affect the respiratory system
• Flying at high altitudes

Symptoms Of A Sinus Infection

Sinus infection symptoms include some or all of the following:

• The headache is worse in the morning
• Throbbing pain in a distinct area of your face that feels like pressure.
• Your face hurts when touched
• More pain is brought on with sudden temperature changes
• Blocked or runny nose
• Sudden movements of the head or bending forward cause pain

Difference Between Sinus Headaches And Tension Headaches

The difference between sinus headaches and tension headaches is that tension headaches are caused by tightness of the muscles, whereas sinus headaches are caused by blocked sinuses. They are far more common where about 80 to 90 percent of people are affected by it at some point in their lives. They are also more common in women unlike sinus headaches and the pain can also go down to the patient’s neck. They tend to be caused by posture or stress causing the muscles to tighten.