Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Sinus Pain Overview

Another name for Sinus Pain is Sinus Headache.

What is a sinus headache?
A person with a sinus headache has pain in the forehead or the face. Sinus headaches occur when the sinuses become congested and swollen. The most common causes of sinus headache include sinusitis and allergic rhinitis.

What are the symptoms of a sinus headache?
Symptoms of a sinus headache include dull, throbbing pain in the face or forehead. The pain may worsen with head movement, sneezing, or coughing. Symptoms that may occur with a sinus headache include nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, runny nose, sneezing, dental pain, fever, and fatigue.

How does the doctor treat a sinus headache?
Treatment for a sinus headache depends on the underlying cause. Treatment may include nasal spray, antihistamine medications, decongestant medications, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications.

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Last Updated: Sep 28, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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