An inflammation of the sinuses can cause a person to experience a sinus headache. As the inflammation starts, one will experience a clog in the nasal airway and a headache which pain spreads towards the nose’s bridge, eyes, and cheeks.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, you most probably have a sinus headache. To get rid of the pain and treat your headache, follow the steps below:
- Know the causes. To prevent worsening the inflammation and to avoid the headache to reoccur in the future, you should know what caused your sinus headache. Normally, allergy and cold are the main causes. If you know you are allergic to pets or dusts, avoid them as much as possible.
- Eat properly. A healthy body heals faster and repels sickness more. Have a balanced diet and do not skip meals. Some food also makes the body produce more mucus, so these foods should be avoided. Examples of such are pastries and bread. Drink fresh orange juice as this has a lot of vitamin C that helps fight cold and improves the immune system.
- Drink plenty of water. Take at least 8 glasses of water to hydrate your body.
- Take some rest. Unless it is necessary, stay at home and get plenty of rest. Going outside the house will only expose you to allergens that can aggravate your sinus headache. Also, your body needs to relax and recover. Put an extra pillow when you lie down to elevate your head. This should help you breathe better.
- Drink hot mint tea. The steam of the hot tea and the minty scent of it will help decongest the nasal airway.
- Take ibuprofen. If you are 18 years old or above, take ibuprofen to help relieve the pain.
- Perform steam inhalation. Bring a pot of water to boil. Then, add a couple of eucalyptus leaves or drop some tea tree oil into it. Inhale the steam for 10 to 15 minutes. Do these 2 times a day.
- Use a nasal spray. Apart from steam inhalation, you can also use nasal sprays to decongest your nose. Read the instructions for use and the dosage for over-the-counter nasal sprays.
- Stay away from others. It’s good to share but only certain things. And your cold and sinus headache are just some of those things that you need to keep to yourself. Cover your mouth and nose when sneezing and wash your hands often.
- Visit your doctor. If the headache persists for 2 days, it is best to consult a doctor so he can perform tests and prescribe the medicine for you. This is particularly important if your mucus turns yellow or green as this indicates infection. An antibiotic may be prescribed.
If you have cold, refrain from going to dusty places as this may cause bacterial infections resulting to sinus headache. Treat your cold immediately to prevent it from worsening.
As they say, prevention is better than cure. So take vitamins regularly to improve your immune system. Also be hygienic so you can stay away from bacterial and viral infections.