If you often have headaches, you may be in too much pain to really care why you are having them. However, the reasons behind your headaches do make a difference, so that you and your doctor can find a way to stop them and make you feel better. So how do you distinguish between a sinus headache or another type of headache?
Is it a sinus headache or a migraine?
Many people think they have a sinus headache when it’s really a migraine. The symptoms can be very similar – they can both cause a stuffy, runny nose, watery eyes, and a feeling of pressure in the face. However, a sinus headache might come with a fever; a migraine often comes with nausea, sensitivity to light and/or sound, and sudden vision problems. Also, if you have mucous draining, it will be clear with a migraine but yellowish with a sinus headache. If you are a woman or if migraines run in your family, this can increase the odds that you will have migraines. Migraines are often triggered by certain foods or stress.
It may be time to call your doctor if your headaches aren’t helped with over-the-counter medication, if they seem to be coming more often than they used to or are more severe than they used to be, or if your headaches are keeping you from working, sleeping, or enjoying your free time. To determine for sure what is causing your headaches, your doctor will run tests, such as a nasal endoscopy and a CT scan, and he or she will discuss your medical history with you.
If it is determined that you are having sinus headaches, the goal will be to the drain fluid from the sinuses to relieve the pressure. Your doctor may recommend balloon sinuplasty, a steroid spray, or oral decongestants. If you have a sinus infection, an antibiotic can help.
Have you been having headaches a lot lately? The staff at Nevada Sinus Relief in Las Vegas, NV, can help find the reason for your headaches and then can help you to find relief. Call (702) 805-1550 for an appointment today!