Sinus headache

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Introduction

A sinus headache is a headache which accompanies sinusitis (sinus infection.) However, many people (possibly 90%!) who believe that they are suffering from a sinus headache are actually experiencing a migraine.[1]

Symptoms

Symptoms include:

 * Pain, pressure and fullness in your cheeks, brow or forehead[1]
 * Pain worsening when bending forward or lying down[1]
 * Yellow-green or blood-tinged nasal discharge[1]
 * Stuffy nose[1]
 * Sore throat[1]
 * Fever[1]
 * Cough[1]
 * Fatigue[1]
 * Achy feeling in your upper teeth[1]
 * Decreased ability to smell or taste[1]

Causes

Sinus headaches are caused by sinus infections.

Similarities With Migraines

Like sinus headaches, migraines can also cause a feeling of pressure in the cheeks and throughout the head. What may feel like "sinus pressure" could be pressure from a migraine. Migraine pain may also worsen when lying down, or moving generally. Migraineurs sometimes experience a runny nose in the postdrome phase of the migraine, which may also lead them to believe they had a sinus headache.

How To Distinguish From Migraines

Two major telling points that a headache is a sinus headache and not a migraine are fever and discolored nasal discharge. Additionally, sinus headaches are NOT usually accompanied with the trademark migraine symptoms: nausea, vomiting, photophobia and phonophobia.

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