The Effect Of Sinusitis On Headaches

The Effect Of Sinusitis On Headaches

Sinusitis is the medical terminology for a sinus infection. When the tissue lining of the sinuses become inflamed and swollen, it is usually due to sinusitis. The sinus cavities are normally filled with are. If they get blocked and filled with fluid, this becomes the perfect setup for bacteria and germs to colonize and become an infection.

Clogged sinuses can be a pain. Literally. The pressure that builds between your eyes and along the bridge of your nose can be excruciating. A professional ENT (ear, nose, and throat) physician can ease the pain you may be experiencing, but first, a doctor needs to be sure that sinusitis is the root cause of your headaches.

Sinus Headache Symptoms

Sinus headaches are painful, sometimes even debilitating. The pressure that builds up around your sinus cavities will result in forceful pain in your forehead. Your eye cavities might hurt, feeling like your eyeballs are being pressed on from the inside because essentially they are. The space between your eyes and down the bridge of your nose may hurt as well.

If you press on these areas with even the slightest pressure, you will likely feel the tenderness. Anything you do that will cause pressure to build in these areas is going to cause more pain, such as moving around, bending over, lying down, or anything that will cause a bump in your blood pressure.

Sinusitis Vs. Migraine

If you have just a headache, it is likely a migraine. Sinusitis induced headaches are accompanied by other symptoms. Sinusitis sufferers often have a sore throat from the sinus cavities draining. The drainage may also cause a “tickle” that makes you cough frequently and can even trigger your gag reflex. A runny nose is not rare and you may find that you are tired. When your body is fighting germs and bacteria, it can wear you down. A stuffy nose is common as well.

Why Is Only One Side Of My Nose Clogged?

All of us breath more heavy from one side of our noses than the other, we just don’t pay attention until we’re sick. As you go throughout your day, the sides switch back and forth. This is involuntary and happens as naturally as our hearts beating.

When the blood flow to your nose is increased, it causes congestion in one nostril for three to six hours before it switches to the other side. You may notice that when you’re sick and you lay down, one nostril will be congested, but if you turn over the congestion will transfer to the opposite nostril.

When you’re ill, the process of breathing heavier in one nostril is exaggerated and can be maddening and sometimes completely unbearable. The feeling of blowing your nose and air blowing out one nostril and having a complete blockage in the other is one of the most uncomfortable feelings.

Seek a Sinus Expert

Are you having frequent bouts of sinusitis? You’re not alone. Sinusitis is more prevalent in Americans than hay fever, bronchitis, asthma, or heart disease. Sinus infections are the most common reason that antibiotics are prescribed. Chronic Rhino-Sinusitis (CRS) patients report that their sinus problems have an impact on their performance at work, caused troubles with sleeping, been a contributing factor to depression, and even been an influencer on sexual dysfunction.

Sinusitis Treatments

The goal of effective sinusitis treatment is to reduce inflammation in the nose and sinus cavities. The drainage pathways need to be kept open so that they can function properly. Your ENT may prescribe nasal corticosteroids such as Fluticasone, Budesonide or Triamcinolone.

Nasal antihistamines, oral antihistamines, and oral anti-leukotrienes are also prescribed. AS with all medications, there are advantages and disadvantages and if your doctor prescribes any of these to you the professional opinion is that the benefits of taking the medication outweigh the risk.

If the sinusitis is acute, oral antibiotics or steroids may be used to control the condition. Long term use of either of these types of medications is not encouraged though.

Balloon Sinuplasty & Benefits

For some patients, medication does not work and surgery becomes necessary due to anatomical abnormalities.

Balloon sinuplasty is an in-office procedure that can bring relief to chronic sinusitis sufferers. This procedure is quick to bring relief that will last. A balloon gently opens the sinus passages so that the sinuses can drain normally. The recovery time is short. Some patients go back to work the same day as the procedure. Typically the procedure time is one hour from start to finish.

 If you are battling chronic sinusitis, balloon sinuplasty can deliver a significant improvement in your quality of life. Congestion and pressure will be relieved which results in alleviation of pain. This will also improve the patient’s ability to taste and smell (which can be significantly decreased when the sinus cavities are blocked).

Becker Ear, Nose, And Throat Center

 If you are looking for an ENT, Becker Ear Nose and Throat Center has nine convenient locations in New Jersey and Philadelphia. Their professional staff offers a full range of services for sinus problems including balloon sinuplasty, turbinate surgery, septoplasty, sinus surgery, and nasal valve surgery. The specialists also treat allergies and voice and swallowing disorders. With audiologists on staff, the team at Becker Ear Nose and Throat Centers can diagnose hearing problems and offer a rehabilitative approach through assistive hearing technology so that the patient’s quality of life and communication abilities are greatly improved. If you have sleep apnea or snoring is an issue for you, the doctors on staff at Becker ENT can schedule a sleep test for you and diagnose a sleep disorder if one exists, and prescribe a CPAP if one is needed. The staff also can properly diagnose and treat gastroesophageal reflux disorder (also known as GERD).

Anna Daniels

Anna is an avid blogger with an educational background in medicine and mental health. She is a generalist with many other interests including nutrition, women's health, astronomy and photography. In her free time from work and writing, Anna enjoys nature walks, reading, and listening to jazz and classical music.

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