Most patients who feel facial pain or pressure assume they have a sinus headache. But not all headaches with facial pressure are sinus-related. Many patients visit specialists to seek treatment for a sinus headache, only to discover that their real problem is a migraine or tension headache. A true sinus headache is pain or pressure caused by changes in barometric pressure. It accompanies sinusitis – the inflammation of the tissue lining in the sinuses.
If you have a sinus headache, you may also have nasal congestion, pain and pressure around the eyes, cheeks and forehead, nasal discharge, aching in the upper teeth, and even a decreased sense of smell. Some individuals have both sinus headaches and migraines at other times – even sinus headaches that turn into migraines. Others have significant headaches though their actual sinus symptoms are mild.
To pinpoint the cause of your pain, the first step is examining you for sinusitis and addressing what sinus issues you may have. Our team can give you allergy tests and other in-house exams to identify and rule out possible causes of your problem.
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This sinus quiz is to help us understand your symptoms, make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe the right treatment.