Do You Behave Like This??
The sinus headache is unique in it's location. It primarily affects the face, but can also affect the entire top of the head if the sinus infection is left untreated too long. You can actually make the sinus headache hurt worse by pushing on your sinus cavities such as your cheekbones and forehead. I wouldn't recommend doing it though as the pain spikes severely and does not go back down for hours!
The sinus headache is caused by a sinus infection or sinusitis. Since there are several sinus cavities and locations, pain from a sinus headache may be in all or just a few locations. Pain from the sinus cavities is felt in the cheek area, above and behind the eyes and top of the head. Getting on an antibiotic can give relief the next day.
I've read that sinus infections rarely cause sinus headaches, and I can't help but wonder if that author had ever experienced a sinus infection? I had chronic sinus infections for over twenty years until I had sinus surgery a few years ago and an overly large turbinate was removed. I have not had a sinus infection, or very painful sinus headache for three years now. I can tell you though that from my experience with twenty years of sinus infections, every single one of them produced a sinus headache.
The pain from a sinus headache was slightly less painful, or as painful as a migraine headache. Bending over made the sinus headache so painful that I almost passed out.
While waiting for your antibiotic to kick in and stop the pain, there are some things you can do to give relief from the sinus headache. Lie back and put a warm washcloth on your forehead, eyes and cheeks several times a day. Take aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen also after making sure there will be no drug interaction with your sinus infection prescription. Use a hot steam vaporizer in your bedroom or lie down in the bathroom with the shower running on hot water. You can lie back in the tub with the shower running but I wouldn't recommend it as the pressure from the water hitting your face would cause the pain to be much worse.
It is important to drink lots of liquids to help flush out the sinuses. Use a saline nasal spray a few times a day to try and open up the sinuses to help them drain faster. You may be quite nauseous from the sinus infection but do try to eat some soup and applesauce. You don’t want to add a hunger headache on top of the sinus headache. Also sleep as much as you can. Sleep helps the body heal, and you can't feel pain when you're asleep!
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