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Sinuses are air spaces that develop from the nasal passages which help with air humidification and mucus secretion. Inflammation of the sinuses (also known as sinusitis) may decrease the ability for the mucus to drain, increasing pressure within the sinus, leading to the sinus headache.
Sinusitis can be caused by:
The resulting pressure changes in the sinuses can trigger headaches.
Fortunately for sinus headache suffers, there are a number of over-the-counter remedies for mild symptoms. Three such remedies are:
1. Decongestant Nasal Spray
The liquid in decongestant nasal sprays will help to lessen the pain of sinus headaches by keeping down the inflammation in the nasal passages, thus helping them to drain.
2. Decongestant Pill
Take a decongestant targeted to assisting with sinus pain relief. Decongestants aim to ease sinus headaches by decreasing inflammation and facilitating drainage in the nasal passages.
3. Neti Pot
Water from the neti pot increases drainage and decreases inflammation in the nasal passages that contributes to sinus headaches.
As mentioned, these remedies are generally best utilized by those with mild cases of sinus headaches. It is recommended that if you are experiencing more severe headaches that you consult with a doctor.
Whether you feel mild or intense headaches, meeting with a doctor will be the first step towards relief. Find out about whether allergies are the cause or not, and what treatment options may be right for you. Our experienced ENT doctor at Houston Sinus & Allergy specializes in allergy treatment, and can provide you with a consultation. So book an assessment with our doctor or contact us, and get the relief you need.