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Sinus Headaches

more about Sinus Headaches

A sinus Headache causes facial pain(N) and pressure(N), and often occurs as a result of allergies(N) or infections of the sinuses.

A sinus Headache is usually dull and constant, and worsens when bending forward. It may be associated with yellow-green or brown nasal discharge, Runny Nose, cough, and sore throat. If it has been triggered by allergies(N), it may relate to weather and seasonal changes.



    1. Streptococcus pneumoniae
    2. Hemophilus Influenza
    3. Moraxella catarrhalis
    4. Staphylococcus aureus

  • Trans-illumination (passing light through the sinuses) may show fluid collection; this is not helpful for patients younger than 10 years of age.
  • Sinus X-Rays show mucosal thickening, air-fluid level, complete opacification.
  • CAT scan of sinuses (more accurate than X-Rays).
  • Cultures are not helpful unless the needle has been inserted into the sinuses. This is done only in extreme cases.

  • Oral antibiotics usually 10 to 14 days. Commonly used antibiotics include Ceftin and Augmentin.
  • Older antibiotics such as amoxicillin and erythromycin may be prescribed, but you should note that they do not provide as broad a coverage as Ceftin and Augmentin. Specifically, they are not as effective against Hemophilus Influenza.
  • Oral decongestants, such as pseudoephedrine, and nasal sprays, such as Afrin, may be helpful for the first 3 days. After 3 days, "rebound" may occur and the decongestants may no longer be effective.
  • Take a warm shower twice a day, and expel excessive mucous.
  • Saline nasal sprays may be used multiple times during the day to loosen nasal secretions.
  • Chronic Sinusitis: Treatment lasts 3-6 weeks.
    If You Suspect This Condition
    If you or your children have a sinus condition that fails to respond to self-treatment in a week or two, or recurs repeatedly, consult your physician.

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