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Why Are Sinus Headaches Worse in the Winter?

Woman with headache and health problem on winter day outdoor Are you prone to getting sinus headaches? If so, you may have noticed that they seem to get worse when the weather gets colder. But why does this happen?

What Is a Sinus Headache?

Sinus headaches are caused by inflammation of the sinuses. Symptoms of a sinus headache include congestion, persistent head pain, and a throbbing sensation or a feeling of pressure in the face. Oftentimes, it can be difficult to distinguish a sinus headache from a migraine or another type of headache.

The common cold, allergies, or a sinus infection can result in a sinus headache. And, as it turns out, winter conditions can be the perfect environment for sinus headaches. They can be exacerbated by:

  • Mold. If you are allergic to mold, it can cause a bacteria buildup in the sinuses, which can lead to headaches. You may have brought some mold inside the house along with your Christmas tree.
  • Dust. There may be more dust in your home when the weather is colder because you keep your windows closed.
  • Pet dander. Are your animals spending more time inside to get out of the cold? This can mean more dander in the air and some nasal inflammation as a result.
  • Pollen. Although pollen problems are usually more associated with spring, pollenating plants can still be active during the colder months.
  • Cold and flu. Staying inside more can mean that respiratory illnesses get passed around. Nasal congestion and sinus inflammation from a cold can lead to bad headaches.
  • Dry air. Heaters and furnaces can dry out the air, which dries out the inner lining of the nose and causes mucus to thicken, making it difficult for the mucus to get rid of bacteria in the nose like it’s supposed to.
  • Stress. With all the activities of the holidays, winter can be a very stressful time for some; stress weakens the immune system and makes it harder for your body to fight sickness.

If you are tired of having constant sinus headaches – no matter what time of year it is – you can depend on the staff at Nevada Sinus Relief for help. Call the office in Las Vegas, NV, at (702) 213-6468 for an appointment today!

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