What Causes a Sinus Headache?

What Causes a Sinus Headache? 

Sinus headaches can be frustrating, inconvenient, and not to mention, painful. But what is the cause behind the pressure and throbbing? There are actually quite a few reasons why you may be experiencing a sinus headache. In this blog, we will discuss the different causes, symptoms, and treatment options of sinus headaches, allowing you to know what can go away with time and medication, and what issues may need further medical attention from a healthcare professional. 

Reasons You May Have A Sinus Headache

The following are reasons why you may be suffering from a sinus headache: seasonal allergies, sinusitis, nasal polyps, or a deviated septum. 

Seasonal Allergies

When the immune system encounters a foreign substance, it reacts, resulting in what we know as allergies. Over 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year, with symptoms including congestion, postnasal drip, sneezing, headache, and more. 


Sinusitis, most commonly known as a sinus infection, describes the inflammation or swelling of the sinuses. Some of the symptoms of sinusitis include congestion, runny nose, loss of smell, and pressure and pain in the facial region. Sinus headaches are characterized by both pain and tenderness between the eyes and in the forehead. 

Nasal Polyps

Another reason you may experience a sinus headache is due to nasal polyps. Nasal polyps are noncancerous growths on the lining of the sinuses or nasal passages. They are often caused by recurrent sinus infections, asthma, and even allergies. Symptoms include a runny nose, congestion, reduced sense of smell and taste, snoring, and pressure in the forehead. 

Deviated Septum 

Lastly, a deviated septum can be associated with a sinus headache. A deviated septum occurs when the nasal septum is crooked. This can happen as a result of contact sports, car accidents, or because of a congenital condition. Individuals with a deviated septum may experience frequent nosebleeds, congestion, sinus infections, snoring, and facial pain. 

Treatment Options 

As you read above, there are different causes for sinus headaches, meaning there will be different forms of treatment. Allergies can be relieved with over-the-counter medications. To minimize or eliminate the need for these medications, you may also want to consider allergy shots and allergy drops. Acute sinusitis can be treated with antibiotics or by implementing natural remedies. Nasal polyps may be treated using corticosteroids, however, in some severe cases, surgery is necessary. Finally, a deviated septum can be corrected through a surgical procedure called septoplasty. 

Need Relief? Schedule an Appointment With Breathe Clear

If your sinus headache persists after trying various treatment methods, contact Breathe Clear Institute to schedule an appointment. Our sinus doctor will complete a thorough evaluation in order to provide you with a proper diagnosis. This may require the use of our Carestream CS 93000 Sinus CT Scanner, which is conveniently located right here in our office. Once diagnosed, you will be recommended the most ideal treatment plan. It is our goal to help you get the relief you need, allowing you to regain a more healthy and comfortable lifestyle.

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