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Suffering from a Sinus Headache? Transitional Weather may be the Cause

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​Contact: Yoyo Ma
Specialist, Marketing and Communications

March 08, 2016
For Immediate Release

Suffering from Sinus Headache?
Transitional Weather may be Cause

OMAHA, NEB. – There are many different types of headaches with many different causes. A sinus headache is usually related to a cold, sinus infection, allergens or chronic inflammation. According to the National Headache Foundation, other factors including fluctuations in weather and barometric pressure can lead to or trigger a headache. With weather elements constantly changing from warm, chilly, humid or windy, prepare your family and learn about the symptoms and treatments of sinus headaches during this transitional weather season.

Symptoms of a Sinus Headache

Sinus headaches related to upper respiratory infections, such as colds, influenza, and bacterial sinus infections are easier to diagnose because of the presence of acute illness. Sinus headaches related to allergy or chronic sinusitis are more difficult to diagnose. They are usually characterized by some or all of the following:

  • Pain and/or pressure around, behind, or between the eyes
  • Pain and/or pressure around the forehead and/or cheeks
  • Increased pain with bending over or head motion
  • Decreased sense of smell and/or taste
  • Allergy symptoms (itchy/watery eyes, nasal congestion)
  • Cold-like symptoms (cough, sore throat)

“According to the International Headache Society, a true sinus headache is related to an acute episode of sinusitis, resolving as the acute sinusitis resolves,” said W. Derek Leight, M.D., physician at Boys Town Ear, Nose & Throat Institute. The headache most frequently confused with a sinus headache is a migraine. Headaches can be misinterpreted as sinus related because the pain is frequently located in the same area as the sinuses. Others commonly misdiagnosed include tension-type, new daily persistent, medication overuse and cluster headaches.

View treatment for a sinus headache or contact an ENT physician to accurately diagnose headache concerns.


Boys Town National Research Hospital is internationally recognized as a leader in educational, clinical and research programs focusing on children who are deaf or hard of hearing, visually impaired, or who have related communication disorders. The Hospital has developed national programs that are now instituted in schools, hospitals and clinics across the country. The Hospital annually serves more than 44,000 children and families from across the United States.