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10 Types of Headaches and How to Combat Them

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Sinus Headaches
You may think your headache stems from sinus pressure, but stress could be the culprit.
You may think your headache stems from sinus pressure, but stress could be the culprit.
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Winter has finally ended, bees are enjoying the pollen and children are happily playing in the grass, but you're sneezing, wheezing and wishing your face would finally explode to release the pressure in your sinuses. In addition to watery eyes and a running nose, you have a headache that seemingly won't quit until winter rolls around again.

There's a chance your sinuses aren't entirely to blame for your aching head. Both sinus and allergy headaches are rarer than you think, and they often take the fall for headaches caused by other sources.

That's not to say seasonal headaches don't occur, especially during spring and summer months. So what happens when a change in seasons does cause our heads to hurt? The sinuses are air-filled cavities in the skull. When the sinus drainage system is backed up, your sinuses become inflamed. This will make you look and feel sick, giving you a runny nose, fever, pain and sensitivity in the front of your head and face.

If your headache is sinus-related, don't bother treating the headache itself; instead, treat the underlying cause: your inflamed sinus cavities. You can do this using a saline nasal spray, a humidifier or prescription antibiotics (only if a bacterial infection caused the inflammation).

The same applies for any allergy-related headache -- resolve the allergic reaction, eliminate the allergen itself and your headache will go away, as well.

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