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By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
January 11, 2022
Category: ENT Care
Tags: Sinus Headaches  

Sinus headaches can be brutal. Here are some ways to reduce your risk.

Whenever there is pressure in the sinus cavity this can lead to a headache. If you regularly experience pain and pressure in the cheeks and around the eyes, your sinuses are probably to blame. Here at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty, our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Paul Burk understands just how uncomfortable and intense sinus headaches can be. Here are some ways to prevent them from happening in the first place.

Treat Your Sinuses

Sinus headaches typically arise when there is inflammation present within the sinus cavity. So the best thing you can do to protect against sinus headaches is to properly care for your sinuses. Using a neti pot or saline solution can help to clear away bacteria from the sinuses and improve nasal breathing and reduce inflammation. You may also want to turn to over-the-counter nasal sprays when sinus inflammation and pressure flare-up.

It’s important that you follow all medication instructions, even over-the-counter medications, as these shouldn’t be used for more than three days in a row. If you find yourself turning to nasal sprays regularly, it’s time to turn to our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor for more effective treatment options against your sinus problems.

Know and Avoid Your Triggers

If you have allergies then you may be prone to sinus headaches. By turning to our ENT team here at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty for effective allergy treatments we can help you better control your allergies and reduce the likelihood of sinus headaches. Of course, there are certain foods and smells that can also trigger these headaches. It’s important to recognize when these headaches occur to see if there are certain patterns. Alcohol, caffeine or stress could also be culprits.

Maintain Good Air Quality

The indoor air quality of your home could also be triggering your sinus headaches. This is particularly an issue for those who deal with allergies. If you find yourself getting more sinus headaches from the comfort of your home it may be time to invest in a HEPA air filter, especially in the bedroom. This can help to remove contaminants and germs from the air. It’s also important to vacuum, dust and clean your home regularly.

If you are dealing with frequent sinus pressure and headaches, know that our Chesterfield, MO, ENT doctor Dr. Burk and the team at Ear Nose and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty are here to provide you with the relief you need. Call us today at (314) 447-4995 to schedule an evaluation.

By Paul E. Burk, D.O.
September 14, 2021
Category: ENT Condition
Tags: Sinus Headaches  

A sinus headache may feel like an infection in the sinuses and you can experience pressure and discomfort around your eyes, cheeks, and forehead. This can really detract from your quality of life and can make it difficult to participate in work or daily activities. Dr. Paul Burk at Ear, Nose, and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO, can help you understand what a sinus headache is and how it can be treated so that you can live comfortably.

Symptoms of a Sinus Headache

A sinus headache can feel similar to a migraine, but with slightly different symptoms. The similarity in pain overlaps for the two and it’s important to note that a sinus headache isn’t usually accompanied by feelings of nausea or irritation from bright lights.

Some common symptoms of a sinus headache are:

  • Pain and pressure around the cheeks, brow, or forehead
  • Pain that worsens as you bend over or lie down
  • Stuffy nose
  • Exhaustion and fatigue
  • An achy feeling in your top teeth.

If your sinus headache starts causing you to miss work or school and really impacts your life, it may be time to talk to your doctor in Chesterfield, MO, about how you can relieve the symptoms associated with a sinus headache.

Treating a Sinus Headache

Your doctor may first recommend some over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. This can help relieve some of the pain and pressure associated with a sinus headache. Depending on the severity of your case, your doctor will look at other treatments such as nasal sprays, or other medication if your headache is related to allergies, that can help you feel comfortable enough to participate in your usual activities.

Contact Your Doctor Today

Learn how to control your sinus headaches today. Contact Dr. Paul Burk at Ear, Nose, and Throat Balloon Sinuplasty in Chesterfield, MO, at (314) 576-7503 to learn more about sinus headaches and how they can be treated.