A Sinus Headache – Everything You Should Be Aware Of
Are you experiencing a headache and nasal congestion? Is facial pain accompanied by a runny nose bothering you and your routine? If you nodded along worriedly, you might be suffering from a sinus headache. When you suffer from a cold and when your cavities present around your nasal passages get inflamed, you may experience a headache due to sinus. And, if you are wondering what a sinus headache is, how you can figure it out, and how you can get relief from it, think no further. Get all your questions answered by reading this post below.
What Is A Sinus Headache?
Sinuses are actually the air-filled spaces located in the hollow cavities of the skull. And, the inflammation of the sinus is known as Sinusitis. When sinuses swell, more mucus is produced, and, because of this excess of mucus, sinuses get blocked which puts pressure on the sinuses resulting in a headache. And, such an occurrence of a headache is known as a sinus headache.
Types Of Sinuses:
There are different types of Sinuses present. Find them below.
- Maxillary sinus (present on cheekbones)
- Frontal sinus (Lower center of your forehead)
- Ethmoid sinus (Between your ears)
- Sphenoid sinus (Behind your nose)
Symptoms Of Sinusitis:
- Congestion of the nose
- Pressure on the forehead, ears, nose, or cheekbones.
- The head pain
- Swelling of the sinuses
- Sometimes, watering from the eyes.
- Pain aggravates while bending forward.
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6 Useful Tips & Home Remedies To Treat Sinus Headaches:
Sinus headaches can bother you a lot and affect you adversely. However, following certain easy tips and home remedies can help you alleviate the pain in your head. Here are some helpful tips to obtain relief from a sinus headache.
- Have Hot Water Or Steam:
Most often, sinus headache occurs due to allergic reactions, the changes in the weather, or common cold condition. It makes mucus thick. Have a bath with hot water or take steam to get relief from this discomforting condition. Doing so will help thin out the mucus which in turn would reduce the pressure on the sinuses and provide you relief from discomforting sinus headache.
- Eucalyptus Oil:
Using eucalyptus oil can help you obtain a great relief from irritating sinus headache. It contains, cineole, which acts as a mucolytic agent, that reduces the inflammation of the sinus and relieve you of a sinus headache. Just add a few drops of eucalyptus oil on your temples when you are experiencing the sinus headache.
- Saline Wash:
Another effective way to get relieved of a sinus headache is a saline wash. Saline wash comprises salt which helps in moistening the mucus and minimizes the sinus pressure
- Have A Refreshing Sleep:
Refreshing sleep helps to improve your relief from a sinus headache. Sleep helps to stimulate the brain and rejuvenates healthy body tissues. i.e. it supports your body to produce white blood cells, which fight with the infectious bacteria and viruses. A sleeping position like keeping your head up with the help of pillow at night helps you breathe comfortably and feel relaxed.
- Increase Your Intake Of Fluids:
Fluids hydrate your body and help prevent dehydration. So, increasing your intake of water and healthy fluids reduces the blockage of the sinuses.
- Practice Different Types Of Yoga To Get Relief From Sinusitis:
Here are some exercises which you can perform at home easily to alleviate your discomfort resulting due to a sinusitis and sinus headache
- Sutraneti (Cleaning of the nose with thread)
- Kapalabhati (slow inhalation with repetitive exhalation)
- Bhastrika Pranayama (Inhalation and exhalation with rapid force)
- Anulom Vilom Pranayama (Place right thumb on right nostril and inhale slowly with left nostril, similarly, place the left thumb on left nostril and slowly exhale with right nostril).
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Homeopathic Remedies For A Sinus Headache:
- Argentum Nitricum:
Argentum Nitricum is a very useful remedy when it comes to treating a sinus headache. This homeopathic remedy is indicated when the patient exhibits quite characteristic symptoms, such as the pain in the frontal head along with dizziness which aggravates in the open air. The patient may feel better by applying pressure.
This remedy is also indicated when a person with a sinus headache feels as if there is a congestion of blood in the head. And, the most characteristic symptom indicating Argentum Nitricum is a boring pain in the frontal region, and, if the pain in the frontal region increases then it decreases in the occipital region.
Bryonia is another effective homeopathic remedy for a sinus headache. This homeopathic remedy is indicated when the person suffering from the pain in the frontal head region feels like someone is beating with a hammer. In fact, this is the characteristic pain symptom indicating Bryonia to treat the condition. Also, this remedy is indicated when the affected individual experiences no headache in the morning but, as the day passes, his headache develops and starts aggravating. Also, Bryonia helps when the patient says that his head is going to burst now with a dry nose.
Iodum is another effectual homeopathic remedy for chronic sinus headache. Iodum is suited for adults and old aged people. This homeopathic remedy is indicated when the person starts experiencing pain in the frontal sinuses and feels as if there is a rush of blood in the head, which makes him feel like a pulsating head (like a regular rhythm) and even his blood pressure increases. Iodum helps when a sinus headache turns worse by pressure and touch. Also, the affected person can obtain relief by walking in the open air.
Now that you know all about a sinus headache, follow all the mentioned helpful tips and home remedies when suffering from a sinus headache and count on homeopathy treatment without a second thought to obtain a long-lasting relief.
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