Headaches, Sinus Headaches

How to Prevent Sinus Headaches

September 5, 2016

3 minutes

Reviewed by Michael Kaplan, MD

Sinus headaches are caused by pressure within the sinus cavities. You might also feel this pressure in your cheeks, forehead and around your eyes.

A sinus headache can cause intense pain that interferes with your ability to perform your daily activities. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent sinus headaches.

Take Care of Your Sinuses

Sinus headaches are often the result of sinusitis, which is inflammation of the sinuses. That is why one of the best things that you can do to prevent this type of headache is to take good care of your sinuses. You can use over-the-counter decongestants and antihistamines to clear out your sinuses.

You can also use a saline spray to clean out your nasal passages. Saline sprays can clear mucus and other particles out of your nose. They can also help reduce swelling in the nasal passages.

Avoid the Triggers

A sinus headache can be triggered by certain odors and foods. You can prevent a headache by avoiding the triggers.

Alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes are examples of some of the things that can trigger a sinus headache. Additionally, it is important to keep your stress level under control. Stress is another thing that can trigger headaches.

Improve Indoor Air Quality

Allergy sufferers are more likely to have a sinus headache. You can keep allergies under control and prevent headaches by improving the air quality in your home.

There are a number of ways that you can improve indoor air quality. Keeping your home clean and properly ventilated will help improve the air quality in your home. Changing filters often and using filters specifically for people with allergies will also help.

Massage the Area

Massaging the areas around your cheeks, temple, and nose can help drain your sinuses, which can prevent headaches. You should massage each area for at least 30 seconds. You can also apply a hot compress to the area.

Drink Plenty of Water

Staying hydrated makes it a lot easier for your body to fight off infections. Water also helps clear out your sinuses. That is why it is important for you to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Additionally, water will help keep your throat moisturized and make it easier for you to cough up mucus.

When to See a Doctor

If you are still developing headaches after taking preventative measures, and the headaches last for more than 10 days in a month, you will need to consult with a physician.


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