Sinus HeadachesSinus headaches can cause a gnawing pain behind the nose and eyes. The pain most often gets worse in the afternoon and evening. You may also run a fever. Sinus headaches are caused by colds or allergies that make the nasal passages inflamed or infected.
To help prevent sinus headaches:
- Treat colds promptly to keep mucus from backing up.
- Avoid things that trigger sinus problems, such as pollens, dust, smoke, fumes, and strong odors.
- Take allergy medications as directed by your doctor.
To relieve the pain:
- Keep your sinuses open and free of mucus. Try over-the-counter sinus rinse products.
- Use a nasal decongestant as directed to reduce the inflammation.
- Drink fluids to keep the mucus thinner. This helps it drain more easily. You can also use a humidifier.
- Apply hot packs to the area around your sinuses. Use a hot water bottle.
- See your doctor if your sinus headache lasts more than two weeks. You may need medication for a sinus infection or an exam to check for other headache conditions, like migraines.