A number of things can cause you to suffer from headaches, one of which is inflammation of your sinuses. Sinus headaches often feel like migraine headaches and are usually worse in the morning and right before bed. Typically, you will feel tenderness and pain around your eyes and the pain may feel worse if you move your head suddenly or bend down. Sinus headaches often occur when you have a bad cold.
Unfortunately, there is no magic remedy or cure to make sinus headaches go away, but there are some things you can try to get some relief as soon as possible.
Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.
Many of us do not drink as much water as we should. However, drinking water and fluids is especially important when you are dealing with a sinus headache. Drinking lots of fluids can thin out the mucus lining your sinuses, thereby reducing some of the pressure in your head that is causing the headaches.
Breathe in Steam and Moist Air
This is also a form of hydration for your body. Use a humidifier or a steam vaporizer to moisten your nasal passages by inhaling deep breaths of moist air. This will reduce inflammation of your sinuses, thereby relieving some of the pressure that is causing you headaches.
In addition to using a humidifier, you can also put some very hot water in a bowl, place your face right above the bowl and cover your head with a towel so that you can really breathe in the steam. Taking a hot shower also helps to loosen up the mucus.
Use a Saline Spray Frequently
You can use a simple over the counter saline spray (or a prescription nasal spray, which you would have to get from your doctor) to loosen the mucus lining your nasal passageways.
In addition to cleaning out gunk and dried mucus from your nose, it will moisten the thick mucus that is pressing on your sinuses.
Another helpful solution is to place a warm compress across the tender areas of your face for a few minutes. Then apply a cold compress for about 30 seconds. Repeat three times. You can do this as many times as you want to during the day. By applying the compresses, you will also be helping to loosen up the mucus in your sinuses, thereby reducing the pressure you are feeling.
While many sinus headaches are caused by viral or allergic inflammation of your sinuses, there is a possibility that you may have a bacterial infection causing the inflammation. If your sinus headaches last for more than a few days, you should see your doctor. He or she may determine that antibiotics may help clear up the infection.
Consult With a Sinus Specialist
If you are suffering from a headache that you suspect is from sinus inflammation, it may be best to consult with your doctor anyway about your symptoms. He or she will be able to determine if is definitely a sinus headache, and they will be able to prescribe medication, like antibiotics or nasal spray, to relieve your symptoms as soon as possible.