How To Get Rid Of A Sinus Headache
Sinus headaches can be quite painful and this video aims to inform you of their symptoms and the ways to relieve the pain they might cause you.
Hello, I'm Doctor Gemma Newman and I'm a GP and broadcaster and today I'd like to help you with a few top tips to improve your health. I'd like to talk to you today about how to get rid of a sinus headache. Now, what are the sinuses? Well they are small, air-filled spaces inside the cheekbones and the forehead.
How do we get sinusitis? Well there are lots of possible reasons. The most common thing is as a result of a cold or a flu or a dental infection. Other things that can make sinusitis headache more common would be things like nasal allergies, polyps, pregnancy, smoking and also sometimes asthma.
What symptoms might you experience with a sinus headache compared to other headaches? Well they are many and varied. The most common thing would be facial pain. That's pain along the forehead and also in the cheekbones.
You might also get some throbbing and the pain that you experience might be worse on bending or sometimes on chewing. You can also get a runny or blocked nose, headaches and sometimes also fever. Occasionally you might also get bad breath with it, a feeling of fullness in your ears, toothaches and tiredness.
So what can we do to get rid of this problem? Well, first of all painkillers, anti-inflammatory painkillers have shown to be the most effective for getting rid of sinus headaches. Things like Ibuprofen, Diclofenac or Indomethacin or Naproxen. Some of these you can get over the counter, some you may need to go to your doctor for, either way, it's important to double-check if they're ok for you to use because in certain conditions they're not suitable.
Things like asthma or stomach ulcers and also other underlying problems like heart disease may mean that you can't take anti-inflammatory. So if you're not sure, go to your own doctor. What else could you try for sinus headache? Well, decongestant nasal sprays may help as well but I'd advise you to only use those in the short term because sometimes they can cause a rebound blocking of the nose if you use them too much.
What else could you try? Saline drops for blocked nose may also help your headache. If you are in a lot of pain, sometimes a warm face pack can help with the pain that you're getting in your head or your cheekbones. If it's particularly severe or it's going on for a long time, you may have a bacterial infection in the sinuses.
In that case, it would be important to go to your doctor for some antibiotics. Lastly, if you're getting any swelling or any redness around the eye or the cheek, you must go and seek medical attention as soon as possible. However, most of the time, it's a simple sinusitis which usually clears up within a few days and I hope that time, in conjunction with my top tips today, will help you feel much better soon.