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How to Avoid Getting a Sinusitis Headache?

How to Avoid Getting a Sinusitis Headache?

Sinusitis headaches are a very common complaint among American adults. When you get nasal congestion, bacteria and viruses can infect the sinuses, leading to unpleasant, painful pressure and a throbbing sinusitis headache. Fortunately, even if you have sinusitis, you can prevent a headache from developing.

What Is a Sinusitis Headache?

A sinusitis headache occurs when you have sinusitis, a condition in which your sinuses swell and get inflamed. Most people experience pressure and throbbing near their eyes, cheeks, and forehead. Some might also feel aching in their upper teeth. Sinusitis headaches are the result of sinusitis. Avoiding the headache will require different methods depending on the cause of your sinusitis. Here are some options to avoid Getting a Sinusitis Headache:

Steroidal Nasal Sprays

Nasal sprays are an effective method for delivering medication to your sinuses quickly. Steroidal nasal sprays are a common medical treatment to relieve inflammation and swelling. Note that the medicine in a steroidal nasal spray only handles symptoms. It is best to consult your doctor regarding how best to treat the infection you may have. It’s generally best to use steroidal nasal sprays as soon as you feel symptoms coming on, as the medication may take some time to go into effect. Furthermore, take your medication daily, even if you feel better temporarily. Not taking it can decrease the medicine’s effectiveness, allowing a sinusitis headache to develop or return.


Congestion is a big reason behind sinusitis headaches, so decongestants, which eliminate congestion, can help prevent sinusitis headaches. Like nasal sprays, it’s best to take them preventatively. If you feel pressure building in your sinuses, a decongestant can help clear your sinuses and stop a sinusitis headache before it starts.

Balloon Sinuplasty

If you have chronically swollen, inflamed sinuses, you may be able to benefit from a balloon sinuplasty. This non-invasive procedure clears your sinuses. Your doctor will insert a minuscule balloon-like catheter into your sinuses, then gently inflate the balloon to expand them. This procedure is safe and is similar to how surgeons clear blocked arteries. After your doctor removes the balloon, mucus and other fluids should drain from your sinuses normally.


A deviated septum or nasal polyps may require surgery. Your doctor may reduce, reshape, or remove portions of your septum to help clear your airways. In the case you have nasal polyps, your doctor will remove them through surgery.

Lifestyle Changes

Sometimes, the changes you need to make to prevent a sinusitis headache might be in your lifestyle. For instance, there might be specific foods or smells that irritate your sinuses, causing mucus buildup and swelling. Light exercise can also help reduce and relieve tension and prevent headaches, so it helps to have regular physical activity. Finally, staying healthy by keeping away from sick individuals, washing your hands frequently, and keeping bundled up and indoors during cold weather can reduce the risk of sicknesses and infections.

Sinusitis headaches have many treatment options. Why wait for a headache to develop before trying to address it? Your ENT doctor can help you avoid getting sinusitis headaches through a variety of treatments and tips. If you have chronic sinusitis, they can help treat the root cause. If you find home remedies do not provide adequate relief, don’t hesitate to contact your ENT specialist.

Dr. Wassmuth is certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology with Subspecialty Certification in Sleep Medicine. He specializes in chronic sinusitis and obstructive sleep apnea.

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