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Sinus Headaches

To help prevent sinus headaches:

  • Treat colds promptly to keep mucus from backing up.

  • Avoid things that trigger sinus problems, such as pollens, dust, cigarette smoke, fumes, air pollution, and strong odors.

  • Take allergy medicines as directed by your healthcare provider.

To relieve the pain:

  • Keep your sinuses open and free of mucus. Try over-the-counter sinus rinse products.

  • Use a nasal decongestant as directed to reduce the inflammation.

  • Drink fluids to keep the mucus thinner. This helps it drain more easily. You can also use a humidifier.

  • Apply hot packs to the area around your sinuses. Use a hot water bottle.

  • See your healthcare provider¬†if your sinus headache lasts more than 2 weeks. You may need medicine for a sinus infection or an exam to¬†check for other headache conditions, like migraines.

Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 9/1/2019
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