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Sinus Headaches

Sinus headaches are caused by inflammation of the sinuses and are characterized by pain and pressure in the face, forehead, and around the eyes.


A sinus headache is a common condition that is caused by inflammation of the sinuses. The sinuses are the air-filled spaces in the bones of the face and skull, and when they become inflamed, they can cause pain and pressure in the face, forehead, and around the eyes.


This type of headache is often mistaken for a migraine or tension headache, but it is important to understand the differences in order to get the proper treatment.

The symptoms of a sinus headache can vary from person to person, but common symptoms include:

  • Pain and pressure in the face, forehead, and around the eyes

  • Nasal congestion

  • Runny nose

  • Fever

  • Fatigue

  • Toothache

  • Bad breath

  • Cough

If you are experiencing these symptoms, it is important to see a specialist headache neurologist to get a proper diagnosis. A specialist headache Neurologist can help you determine whether your symptoms are caused by a sinus headache or another type of headache.

Sinus headaches are caused by inflammation of the sinuses, which can be triggered by a number of factors. The most common causes of sinus headaches include:

  • Allergies

  • Flu

  • Sinus infection

  • Environmental irritants such as smoke and pollution

The treatment for sinus headaches will depend on the underlying cause of the inflammation. Your GP or a specialist headache Neurologist will be able to help you determine the best course of treatment for your specific case. Some common treatment options include:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers

  • Nasal decongestants

  • Antihistamines

  • Steroid nasal sprays

  • Antibiotics (if the cause is a sinus infection)

  • Steam inhalation

  • Application of warm compresses to the face

  • Drinking plenty of fluids

While it may not be possible to prevent all sinus headaches, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk of developing one:

  • Keep your nasal passages moist by using a humidifier or saline nasal spray

  • Saline sinus flushes

  • Avoid environmental irritants such as smoke and pollution

  • Keep your home clean

  • Keep your hands clean

  • Get your flu shot if safe and indicated

Sinus headaches can be a debilitating condition, but with the help of a headache specialist, you can get the proper diagnosis and treatment to manage your symptoms. Remember, there are different types of headaches, and the treatment varies based on the type of headache, so it is essential to seek the correct tailored management for yourself.

If you suffer from headaches or migraines, it's important to get advice from a qualified healthcare professional. The Headache Clinic is a specialised clinic in North Sydney that focuses on the diagnosis and management of headaches and migraines. We also serve patients all across Australia via telehealth.

The Headache Clinic has a team of experienced headache-specialist Neurologists who can provide expert guidance on the best treatment options for your individual needs. We understand that headaches and migraines can be really bad and we prioritise urgent appointments for those in need. We offer appointments within 1 week of booking, so you can get the care you need as soon as possible.

To book an appointment with one of our headache-specialist Neurologists, you can call (02) 9745 9852 or book online through our website. Our clinic is conveniently located in Sydney and offers a comfortable and welcoming environment for patients. Don't let headaches or migraines control your life – contact The Headache Clinic today to start feeling better.

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