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Sinus Headaches

To help prevent sinus headaches

  • Treat colds promptly to keep mucus from backing up.

  • Stay away from things that trigger sinus problems, such as pollens, dust, cigarette smoke, fumes, mold, pet dander, air pollution, and strong odors.

  • Take allergy medicines as directed by your healthcare provider.

To relieve the pain

  • Keep your sinuses open and free of mucus. Try over-the-counter sinus rinse products.

  • Use a nasal decongestant as directed to reduce the inflammation.

  • Drink fluids to keep the mucus thinner. This helps it drain more easily. You can also use a humidifier.

  • Apply hot packs to the area around your sinuses. Use a hot water bottle.

  • See your healthcare provider if your sinus headache lasts more than 2 weeks. You may need medicine for a sinus infection or an exam to check for other headache conditions, such as migraines.

Online Medical Reviewer: Ashutosh Kacker MD
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith RN MSN CCRC
Online Medical Reviewer: Marianne Fraser MSN RN
Date Last Reviewed: 9/1/2019
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