Sinus Headache and what you can do to end it

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What are the symptoms of a sinus headache?

These are the typical symptoms which you might experience –

  1. Persistent pain over cheek or forehead
  2. The pain gets worse when you move your head
  3. Having a deep and dull aching pain
  4. Having nasal blockage, congestion and discharge
  5. Having ear pressure
  6. Swelling of the face
  7. Fever

The best and most effective way to know whether your headache is caused by your sinus is to consult your doctor to properly diagnose it.

There can be many treatments to relieve a sinus headache as you can either choose to use the conventional or the complementary treatment but it is recommended that you consider using both treatments as research has shown that when used hand-in-hand, they can aid your recovery faster.

Conventional treatment

The following measures can help to relieve your headache -

  1. Take analgesics such as aspirin
  2. Take painkiller such as ibuprofen or paracetamol and drink plenty of water
  3. Use decongestants to reduce the swelling the inside of the nose
  4. Take papaya and bromelain buccal tablets to reduce the inflammation
  5. Take magnesium supplements as there has been evidence which shows that headache can develop due to a deficiency in magnesium.

Complementary treatment

There are many options and some are listed below –

  1. Take fish oil supplements – teenagers who took fish-oil supplements for 2 months had an 83% decrease in their headache attacks and even when they have the attack, they recover faster.
  2. Change in diet – the foods which would commonly trigger a sinus headache is alcoholic drinks, chocolate, cow’s milk, dairy products, wheat, shellfish and nuts. You should add more healing foods into your diet such as all type of berries, cauliflower, kale, broccoli, apricots and papaya.
  3. Herbal home remedies – there are many such remedies which you can try but this concoction is my favorite. Chop 1 cup of fresh peppermint. Pour 2 cups boiling water over it and steep for 5 minutes. Strain and sweeten and add some lemon slice. Peppermint is known to relieve nasal, sinus and chest congestion. It can also aid cough by increasing saliva and at the same time freshens the breath.
  4. Aromatic inhalations using essential oils – add 3 drops of tea tree and 2 drops of eucalyptus into a bowl of hot water. Cover your head with a towel and breathe in the steam. This combination is great to decongest blocked nasal passages, kill off the germs and soothe the cold as these might have triggered a sinus headache.
  5. Acupuncture – this can be a very effective method of pain relief and has been used in dentistry, surgery and childbirth. Having acupuncture can lead to an increase in energy, an improved appetite and better sleep.
  6. The potent  3-plant extract – when cinnamon, thyme and oil of cloves are combined together, they become very potent in relieving a sinus headache. Cinnamon is reputably known to prevent colds and is high in antioxidant. Thyme acts as an expectorant, loosening phlegm in the respiratory tract so that it can be coughed up and oil of cloves is popularly used as a home remedy for sinus, bronchitis, the common cold, a cough, fever, sore throat and tending to infections. However you must be careful in the proportion used, so it is advisable for you to find out more on what are the optimal proportions to use for maximum benefit , click here to find out.

A sinus headache can be dramatically alleviated or even permanently reversed by the many conventional or complementary treatments available but the most essential first step to take is to find out whether your headache is really caused by sinus.

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