Sinusitis and Headaches

  Woman having pain in sinus and fever.

One of the most frustrating things to occur to anyone on the planet is a congested nose that you cannot breathe out of. You can blow your nose 100 times in one day, but you cannot clear the stuffy congestion. Sinusitis causes the sinuses to become inflamed and swollen, which causes mucus to build up. When congestion builds and builds, a “stopped up” nose occurs along with pressure in the upper facial structure. Between not being able to breathe through your nose and having to deal with the pressure of a sinus infection, life can be pretty miserable.

One of the main complaints of people with sinusitis are chronic headaches. The sinus passages run behind the nose, eyes, cheeks, and forehead. When any of these passages are blocked with mucus, the congested area feels a significant amount of pressure. This pressure is what is known as a “sinus headache,” and it can be almost unbearable. Many people equate the pain of a serious sinus headache with that of a migraine headache. While both are painful, the symptoms of a sinus headache differ. Symptoms of a sinus headache include:

  • Pressure and pain behind the forehead
  • Pain worsened by leaning forward
  • A headache accompanied with green or yellow nasal discharge
  • Swelling of the nose, forehead, or cheeks
  • An aching feeling in your top jaw

Many people go to the doctor for sinusitis and sinus headaches, and they receive medication that alleviates the pain…for a while. But chronic headaches caused by sinusitis require more than a “band-aid” fix. Many doctors provide medications that treat the symptoms of sinus headaches, but these do not provide actual relief from the underlying problem of sinusitis.

At the office of Dr. Greg Levitin, people with chronic sinus headaches can find relief that lasts. Dr. Levitin provides accurate diagnosis and treatment for chronic headaches that are caused by sinusitis. He looks at the bigger picture behind why you are having headaches to provide long-lasting relief. If you are suffering from sinus headaches, contact Dr. Greg Levitin for an appointment.