CareNow® - March 26, 2014
by CareNow

Seasonal allergies are in full swing. Are you having headaches more frequently than usual? It’s very common for people who suffer from allergies to experience headaches throughout the spring.

Increased pollen levels in the springtime are responsible for causing your pain. Common allergens in our area are more prevalent during this time of the year because flowers and trees begin to bloom.

The most common type of spring headache is a sinus headache.

Sinus Headaches

A sinus headache is a headache that results from allergies. When your sinuses get inflamed, it leads to the build up of fluid. This causes pressure to heighten around your forehead, nose and eyes. Sinus headaches usually come with a cough or sore throat and stuffed nasal passages.

Persistent symptoms with purulent and post-nasal drainage could be signs of a possible sinus infection. Your doctor then may prescribe you antibiotics.

Treatments

There are several ways to treat sinus headaches. Here are some of the most popular:

  • See if a decongestant helps. Decongestants are an over-the-counter medication that may provide some relief to sinus headaches. This type of medicine is used to “open” your nasal passage back up—which reduces the pressure of sinus headaches. Decongestants accomplish this by decreasing the amount of swelling in the nasal passages and the amount mucus produced. If you have any existing medical conditions such as high blood pressure, you should discuss taking this medication with your doctor.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. For less serious cases, an easy way to lessen the effects of a sinus headache is to take an over-the-counter pain reliever (ibuprofen or acetaminophen). If you find yourself with regular sinus headaches, we recommend keeping a travel-size bottle of these in your backpack or purse throughout the spring. Please discuss taking an OTC pain reliever routinely with your doctor.
  • Take control of your allergies. Read our blog to learn how to fight back against allergies.

Check in Online

Have a sinus headache that just won’t go away? Let us take a look at it. We can diagnose your problem and provide you with the treatment and medication you need. Check in to your local CareNow online now.