Sinus Headaches vs. Tension Headaches: Know the Difference
We’ve all experienced headaches at some point or another, but did you know that there might be an underlying cause to these headaches?
Many of us assume that it may be a tension headache, an over reacting sinus issue. Knowing what to look for to differentiate the two may help you find the right treatment for your pain.
You would know that you have a sinus headache when you feel pain in the cheekbones, forehead and/or bridge of your nose.
The pain may also come with a runny nose, swollen face, a fever and/or a feeling of fullness within the ear.
The underlying cause of sinus headaches may be an allergic reaction or a sinus infection.
If medically addressed, and a sinus infection is found then doctors may prescribe antibiotics, antihistamines or decongestants. Corticosteroids and pain relievers may also be a solution for the pain.
Inhaled decongestants are recommended to be used for up to 3 days- no longer. It may run the risk of exacerbating the issue.
Natural at-home cures are possible, as well. Drinking more fluids, using a humidifier and cleansing the nasal passage with saltwater may also help to ease the symptoms and discomfort.
Tension headaches are mostly felt with a dull tightness or pressure in the regions of the forehead, back of neck and/or head.
Also, muscle ache, irritability, trouble focusing, trouble sleeping and a tired feeling may accompany the dull pressure.
These headaches are often stress induced and may last 30-minutes to a few days.
However, tension headaches are not hereditary and they may also be caused by hunger, anxiety, not having enough rest, fatigue, bad posture and/or low iron levels.
Treatment includes over the counter medication such as painkillers.
At-home cures are available such as relaxation techniques, a hot bath, ice packs and/or avoiding the trigger.
Knowing the difference between these two headaches may save you time and help you cut straight to finding a treatment to resolve the issue.