Treatment of Sinus Headache

 
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By: W. Derek Leight, M.D.
Boys Town Ear, Nose & Throat Institute

If your headache is stemming from an infection of the sinuses, your physician may suggest some of the following treatment options:

Sinus Headache related to upper respiratory infection

  • Nasal irrigation to remove mucus from the nose
  • Oral decongestants to decrease swelling in the sinuses
  • Topical decongestants to improve airflow in the nose
  • Anti-inflammatory pain relievers
  • Adequate hydration
  • Rest

Sinus headache related to allergy

  • Nasal irrigation to remove allergens and allergic mucus from the nose
  • Nasal steroid sprays to reduce swelling in the nose and sinuses
  • Antihistamines to block reaction to allergens in the nose and sinuses
  • Short term decongestant use for exacerbations
  • Oral Steroids
  • Surgical procedures to improve nasal breathing and sinus drainage

Sinus headache related to chronic sinusitis

  • Nasal irrigation
  • Nasal steroid sprays
  • Antihistamines
  • Decongestants
  • Oral Steroids
  • Antibiotics
  • Surgical treatment of nasal, septal and sinus abnormalities