When you have a sinus headache, you’re probably wishing that there were a miracle cure that will take it away that instant. I know that with sinus headaches and stopping the pain, it can be hard to focus on what it is you should be doing to manage it without becoming frustrated at the lack of results from over the counter medication alone. However, that isn’t to say that you shouldn’t take it.
Many doctors will suggest a combination of home remedies and medication purchased from a local store. I typically take acetaminophen and ibuprofen to help the swelling and pain. However, applying a hot compress to both the site of pain and on the bridge of your nose can help to treat both the symptom and the cause of your sinusitis headache.
One thing you will want to keep an eye out for is oddly colored discharge from your nose. Yellow, rust, or green drainage will indicate a serious infection that may require antibiotic medication to keep the infection from spreading elsewhere in your body. Once you’re sure that it is manageable on your own, using nasal spray, decongestants, or even neti pots to help dislodge the excess mucus that inflamed or irritated sinuses will create.
If you’ve never had a sinus infection, count yourself very lucky as few people make it through life without at least one of these uncomfortable ailments. Sinusitis is no laughing matter, especially when you are someone who suffers with chronic sinusitis. If you get more than one to two cases of it per year, you may want to start considering sinus surgery to aid in correcting or removing the diseased sinus. While this may seem to be a bit extreme, it is in some cases necessary to prevent an outbreak of sinus headaches in your day-to-day life, which can impede your quality of life.