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This May Be Secretly Causing Your Sinus Headache

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Do you suffer from aggravating sinus headaches, but have no idea what’s causing them?

It’s frustrating because you might be exposing yourself to the same thing, over and over again, without knowing exactly what the trigger to your pain might be. Read on to learn some lesser-known causes of sinus headaches so you can learn to avoid them.


Your favorite scent could be the source of your sinus woes. While it might have a lovely smell, perfume contains chemical irritants. And those chemical irritants can cause the tissue in your sinuses to swell.

Unfortunately, skipping a spritz of your beloved fragrance isn’t going to solve all of your problems. Fragrance hides in many everyday products, such as lotions, laundry detergent and soap. Your best bet is to switch to unscented versions of these products.

Central Heating and Air Conditioning

Between March and November, you can’t survive in Houston without air conditioning. The average temperature is between 73 and 94 degrees Fahrenheit!

However, the very thing that we can’t survive without might be the cause of your sinus headaches. Air conditioning and central heating lead to drier environments. And drier environments suck the moisture out of the sinus cavity. Talk to your doctor about what you can do to reintroduce moisture into your sinuses.

Certain Kinds of Foods

What you eat might be causing your sinus pain. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology describes a link between pain in your sinuses and foods.

How can food cause sinus pain? Some foods trigger an allergic reaction. That allergic reaction can manifest itself as sinus pain. What foods cause this type of allergic reaction? It varies from person to person. However, if you know that every time you eat something and you have a sinus headache afterward, there’s a good chance that it’s causing an allergic reaction. Talk to your doctor about allergy testing – there might be other foods that might be causing your sinus problems.

Houston Sinus & Allergy: Your Sinus Pain Experts

Do you want to know what’s causing your sinus headaches? Contact Houston Sinus & Allergy today.

Houston Sinus & Allergy specializes in treating nasal and sinus conditions and providing allergy care. Our practice is committed to helping you find long term relief from your symptoms. Dr. Nguyen is a Board Certified ENT – Head and Neck Surgeon with extensive training & experience in diseases of the ears, nose & throat.

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