Alexandria Sinus, Ear, and Allergy Center
James A. White, III, MD
Otolaryngologist located in Alexandria, LA
Inflamed sinuses can cause painful headaches and chronic discomfort if left untreated. Dr. White offers expert sinus headache and infection care at Alexandria Sinus, Ear, and Allergy Center in Alexandria, Louisiana. If you’re looking to overcome your sinus problems once and for all, contact Dr. White for an appointment today.
Sinus Headaches and Infections Q & A
What causes sinus headaches?
When sinuses become inflamed due to allergies or infection, they swell and produce extra mucus. This swelling can block mucus from draining, causing pressure and pain, which is called a sinus headache.
Sinus headaches feel like a constant pressure across your nose, cheeks, or forehead. It may feel worse when you move or experience other sinus symptoms like a runny nose. An underlying sinus infection may also cause a fever.
It’s important not to confuse migraines or other headaches as sinus headaches. Dr. White can determine the cause of your headaches for proper treatment.
What causes sinus infections?
Allergies, the common cold, nasal polyps (growths in the nose lining), or a deviated septum can all cause sinus infections, also known as sinusitis.
When sinuses are blocked, they fill with fluid and are more likely to trap germs, leading to an infection. Infections cause the sinuses to swell, blocking airways and leading to pain and headaches. You may also experience fevers, fatigue, and dental pain when you have a sinus infection.
Around 35 million people in the United States contract sinusitis each year. If medication is suppressing your immune system, you’re more likely to contract a sinus infection. Contact Dr. White if you’re concerned about your risk of a sinus infection.
How are sinus headaches and infections treated?
In most cases, sinus treatments are twofold: relieve your symptoms and eliminate the cause. Depending on your symptoms, Dr. White may prescribe an antihistamine, antibiotic, or decongestant to fight the infection and ease the sinus pressure. You may also take pain relievers.
Allergy treatments may be appropriate when allergic reactions cause sinusitis, for example. Dr. White works with you to help you feel better as soon as possible while also treating the underlying cause. He suggests at-home remedies that can complement your treatment plan.
If you experience chronic sinus headaches and sinus infections, help is out there. Call the office at 318-231-2670 or 318-443-1886 today to schedule a consultation at Alexandria Sinus, Ear, and Allergy Center.