Are you suffering from a sinus headache? These types of headaches usually get worse when you bend over. The pain is usually located in the forehead, cheeks, eyes, and temples and radiates outward. You may also experience a stuffy nose, tooth or jaw pain, ear pain with a sinus headache. Here are 8 home headache remedies to try.
Sinus headaches happen when the sinus cavities don’t drain properly. They become swollen and filled with mucous or other secretions. Warm water can help to drain these secretions.
- Breathing in Steam – You can boil water and essential oils (lavender, peppermint, rosemary, chamomile, or eucalyptus) on the stovetop then remove the pot from the stove. Cover your head with a towel and put your face over the pot and breathe in the steam. The steam will loosen dried mucous and encourage drainage. Just be careful to keep a safe distance from the pot and the steam.
- Use a Humidifier – By putting extra moisture in the air, it thins the mucous making it drain easier and reducing inflammation. Cool mist humidifiers are preferred because they produce less white dust.
- Irrigating Nasal Passages – By using the sterile saline solution can gently irrigate the nasal passages and sinuses to loosen secretions, dust, and other irritants. Nasal irrigation bottles or Neti pots or devices with electric motors are all available. Make sure to use a fresh sterile solution.
- Decongestants – Decongestants reduce inflammation in the blood vessels and tissues in the nasal passages and sinuses. This promotes better drainage and reduces pressure causing pain.
- NSAIDs – Common NSAIDs include aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen. They reduce pain, inflammation, and fever. Keep in mind they can also cause an upset stomach so take with caution.
- Tea – Warm black tea, green tea, or lemongrass tea helps to reduce pain and inflammation. Add ginger or a slice of lemon to give it an extra boost.
- Vitamin C – Some sinus headaches are caused by viral or bacterial infections. Vitamin C gives your immune system a boost to fight against germs. Drinking juices that are high in Vitamin C like orange juice or tomato juice and eating pineapple and broccoli, or supplements are great ways to get extra vitamin C.
- Ginger – Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. Boiling fresh ginger to create a tea. Drink the tea when it’s warm. Warm liquids will help to open sinuses and ginger helps to reduce swelling. You can also cook with ginger or chew raw fresh ginger. Fresh ginger is much more effective than dried or ground.
If your sinus headaches keep reoccurring, then you should get professional help. Schedule an appointment with Colorado ENT. Sinus headaches may be caused by chronic sinusitis or allergies. The ENT doctor can determine the cause of the congestion and provide a treatment plan to get rid of your headaches.