Sinusitis is the inflammation of the sinuses that results in the congestion of the nasal passages due to excessive mucus production. A sinus infection generally causes pressure in the eyes, nose, cheeks and forehead which also often results in a throbbing headache. When you are suffering from sinus and its associated symptoms like headaches, you should do one of two things, first is to visit your doctor and have him/her establish a proper diagnosis and second is to treat the problem yourself.
When sinuses are concerned most of times these remedies will consist of some kind of decongestant sprays or nasal drops which will stop excess mucus flow and provide fast relief. Many of the very effective decongestant sprays are available without prescription, however none of them, should be used for longer periods of time because if used excessively they will only cause more swelling and congestion.
You might also have to try multiple different methods before finding the one that truly work for you. Allergies are different from one person to another and there are so many factors that have to be taken into consideration that it may take you a little while before knowing what sinus headache relief treatment works best for you.
Garlic: On the off-chance that the pain is being caused by an active infection, garlic supplements and increased garlic in your food may be helpful. It has a natural antibiotic action similar to a weak form of penicillin. Use caution if you are on blood thinners, as garlic can do the same thing.
Lemon Balm: This relaxing herb is often suggested for its antihistamine action. If the headache is caused by allergies, this herb could counter the allergen.
Ginger has long been known to relieve and also to prevent headaches. It is anti-inflammatory and contains substances that help to relieve pain. Take in capsule form, according to directions.
Irrigate the nasal passages with another homemade remedy i.e. a salt-water solution. The readymade products for nasal irrigation are also available in the chemist store. Other than the nasal irrigation, inhale steam either with a direct use of steam inhaler or from a basin of hot boiled water with some eucalyptus or peppermint oil in it. These are the other tips for relieving sinus headaches.
Good sinus headache treatment should treat all the symptoms as well as the causes. Generally antibiotics are provided to treat the infection while decongestants or antihistamines are administered to cure the other symptoms. It is advisable to take decongestants only when you are really suffering from sinus problems induced headache because it may increase both the occurrence and the intensity of this problem.
Sometimes surgical drain of the mucous in the sinuses is also done to clear the inflammation. Alternative treatments like natural remedies, acupuncture and homeopathic medication are also given to treat sinus headaches. Even nasal steroid therapy is used to bring relief and clear inflammation.
Other home remedies for sinus headache consist of making certain concoctions and applying them on the forehead. A paste of one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and water, if applied on the forehead gives immense relief to people suffering from sinus headache. A paste of dry ginger in water or milk also helps. Add ten to fifteen basil leaves and a few cloves to the dry ginger paste for more a more effective home remedy.