Postnasal drip with sore throat (mucus draining in the back of the nose)
Pain is worse with sudden head movements
Ear pain and fullness
Coughing can increase the pain
Head pain is worse in the morning
Pain feels confined to one area of the face or head
Mild to moderate fever
Migraine vs. sinus headaches
Sometimes migraines and sinus headaches are confused. Many people believe they have sinus headaches, but actually suffer from migraine headaches. Unlike sinus headaches, migraines usually include nausea and/or vomiting. Migraine sufferers are sensitive to sound and sensitive to light. In the American Migraine Study II 42% of patients with migraines had been diagnosed with sinus headache by a doctor. A small study of 47 patients who thought they had sinus headaches found that 90% of them actually had migraines.
Causes of Sinus Headaches
Many sinus headaches start after a bad cold. They can also result from allergies, the flu, bacterial or fungal infections. If there are problems with the body’s immune system or the structure of the nasal cavity, the additional pressure can lead to headaches. Climbing or flying at high altitudes as well as frequent swimming or diving can also contribute to sinus headaches.
Written by: Otesa Miles | Last review date: November 2010