When suffering from sinus infections one of the symptoms is sinus headache. Nausea when accompanied with headache is actually a symptom of migraine. Read on, to distinguish between these two conditions.
The symptoms of sinus headache and nausea-related headache are similar. However, the headache that causes nausea, and the headache experienced during sinus infection is due to different causes and need different treatment. During sinus infection a person will experience a stuffy nose and headache in the facial region like behind the eyes and teeth pain. Another type of sinus headache occurs when one is on the airplane and is landing and has a cold allergy. This is called vacuum headache and causes the frontal sinuses to close up leading a vacuum effect throughout the sinus cavity, that causes a lot of pain.
These were the different sinus-related headaches. The headache that is accompanied by nausea is migraine. Migraine headache gives severe pain and causes visual disturbances and nausea. It can also cause vomiting and many people experience a throbbing pain on one side of the head, when suffering from migraines. Many tension type of headaches, apart from causing headache can also give a slight stuffy or runny nose.
However, these type of tensions will last for some time and then go away without any physician’s treatment. While sinusitis headache can last for days or weeks till it is treated with the right medications. Hence, it is important not to confuse between sinus pain and nausea, because the treatment for both differs. Here are some more details on sinus headache and migraines, that will help you understand both the conditions better.
About Sinus Headache
Causes: It occurs due to sinus infection, which occurs usually after a viral infection like cold or flu. During sinus infection, the sinuses swell and become inflamed and mucus doesn’t drain out of the sinuses. This leads to stuffy nose and headache.
Symptoms: During sinus infection a person can experience headache symptoms like pressure or aching in the cheeks, brow, or forehead region. The pain gets worse when bending or lying down. A person can also have fever, cough, sore throat, and yellow-green or blood-tinged nasal discharge. A person can also have ache in the upper teeth region. However, symptoms like headache and vomiting are not related.
Treatment: Sinus infection treatment includes antibiotics. The doctor might also recommend steam and nasal sprays for sinus headache relief. Sometimes surgery is required for people who have chronic sinusitis.
Causes: There are many causes of migraines. Migraines occur due to abnormal activity in the brain, that can be triggered by various factors like alcohol, bright lights, allergic reactions, exercise, stress, smoking, etc.
Symptoms: Vision disturbances are considered as a warning sign of a migraine. The visual disturbance appears in both the eyes and can be blurred vision, tunnel vision, temporary blind spot, eye pain, zigzag lines, etc. Migraine headaches can be dull or severe. The symptom of a migraine usually is throbbing, pounding, or pulsating pain. The headache can be worse on one side of the head, the headache can be dull and then become worse in minutes or hours. It can last for 6 – 48 hours.
Apart from the headache symptoms of migraine, a person also can get nausea and vomiting. There can be loss of appetite, chills, fatigue, and increased urination.
Treatment: There is no specific cure for migraine, however certain medications can help you put at ease and reduce the number of migraine attacks. Also, lifestyle changes can help to reduce the attacks and severity of migraines.
This was all about headache-related to sinus and nausea-related headaches which are migraines. So, consult a doctor if you are suffering from sinus headache or nausea. With some medications and lifestyle changes, you will be able to treat and control the condition.
Disclaimer: This HealthHearty article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.