Sinus headaches are characterized by dull, deep and sometimes throbbing pain around the eyes, cheeks and forehead. They develop when the sinuses (cavities around the nose and cheeks) become inflamed.
Our SFENTA™ physicians treat sinus headaches by targeting the underlying inflammation. For example, if your headache is associated with allergies, antihistamine medications, nasal sprays and decongestants may be prescribed. If a bacterial infection is suspected, a course of antibiotics will be recommended. To help minimize your symptoms as you recover, nasal corticosteroids may be prescribed to relieve sneezing, itching and a runny nose.
In many cases, lifestyle modifications can help treat sinus headaches as well. Running a humidifier, using a saline nasal spray, breathing in steam several times a day and performing routine saltwater nasal irrigations can all help to minimize inflammation and improve your condition.
If you suffer from chronic sinusitis that does not improve with medication, endoscopic sinus surgery may also be recommended. During this procedure, your ENT specialist in Miami will remove polyps and bone spurs that increase your susceptibility to sinusitis, inflammation and the resulting headaches. In some cases, they may also enlarge the sinus openings with balloon sinuplasty.