Sinus Headaches and Migraines
The other kinds of recurring headaches like migraines are often mistaken for a sinus headache and vice versa. Now, the causes of migraine and the other types of headaches are different and that means the treatment for them is different, too.
It’s crucial that you understand the actual cause of the headache when seeking treatment. For example, if the headache is being caused by a blockage due to an infection of the sinus, the infection will need to be addressed first.
Unfortunately, it is common to mistake the causes of headaches for something else. In fact, 50% of all migraine misdiagnosis starts out as a sinus headache diagnosis. What’s even worse is that 90% of people who go to doctors seeking treatment for sinus headaches turn out to have migraines.
Treatments and Relief for Sinus Headaches
Doctors normally recommend allowing a sinus infection to run its course. For most adults, that’s the best way to deal with this condition. It may be painful and uncomfortable, but it is the one recommended by the doctors. Things are different when you experience fever, too much pain, or if the infection lasts for more than a week.
The good news is that there are some home remedies which you can try. These home remedies are aimed at easing the symptoms. The main aim of the home remedies is to lessen the congestion inside the sinuses.
The simplest step that you can take is to use a humidifier in the room where you are staying. That may help to lessen the congestion a bit.
Another proven way of giving relief is running a saline solution or irrigating your sinuses with the solution.
Breathing in steam can also help sometimes as it helps to open up the clogged space. You can also apply a warm wet towel over the areas of your sinuses to relieve some of the symptoms of the condition.
Relieving pressure spots
You can also try to work on helping to drain your sinuses by pressing on the spots where you can feel the pressure. Start at the bridge of your nose as that is where the most pressure normally builds up. You can tap on it lightly or you can apply continuous pressure on the spot for 60 seconds. Doing these steps may help to loosen the mucus trapped there.