Chronic Sinus Headache Symptoms

That nagging chronic sinus headache may not be your basic sinus headache. According to the Mayo Clinic, "many people who assume they have sinus headaches actually have migraines." The symptoms of these headaches types tend to be similar. Knowing the symptoms is an important step to getting to the root of the problem. With the proper diagnosis from a physician, a treatment plan can be put in place.

Similar Symptoms

Some of the symptoms that these headaches share are inflammation of the lining of the sinus cavity and pressure around the eyes and sinus area. In addition, these headache usually involve pain in the forehead and even in the cheeks.


Migraines are distinguished by a few symptoms that chronic sinus headaches don't have. According to the Mayo Clinic, "Sinus headaches, however, usually aren't associated with nausea or vomiting, or aggravated by noise or bright light." These symptoms are specific to migraines. If you have these symptoms, you can rule out a chronic sinus headache. However, it is possible to have both at the same time, which adds to the pain and aggravation.

Sinus Symptoms

Another symptom of a chronic sinus headache is a sore throat. This is because of the dripping of sinus fluid into the throat, which leads to another symptom, coughing. Because of the fluid that is dripping into the throat, a person may cough or clear his or her throat often. Tiredness and fever may be present in a chronic sinus headache.


Sinus headaches can be associated with a sinus infection, which can come from a variety of sources, including bacterial, fungal or viral infections. Even a lowered immune system can set off a sinus headache. Allergies play a big role in sinus headaches. Pressure in the sinuses activates a headache. The people most likely to suffer from chronic sinus headaches are those with asthma, allergies and cystic fibrosis, and people with nasal polyps.


One homeopathic way to prevent a sinus headache is to keep the nasal passages clean. You can do this with a sinus nasal rinse kit. These inexpensive kits include a dispenser and saline packets made of sodium chloride & sodium bicarbonate. The mixture contains no iodine. Rinse daily to keep the nasal passages clean and clear of any foreign bacteria or fungi. One brand is NeilMed.

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Based in central New York, Michele Martinez has been writing self-help articles since 2007. Her articles have appeared on eHow, Associated Content and Helium. She attended Mohawk Valley Community College and has over 20 years of experience in the areas of aviation, real estate, student loans and education.