Introduction The skull contains a number of air-filled spaces called sinuses . They perform the following functions: Reduce the weight of the skull Provide insulation for the skull Provide resonance for the voice Four pairs of sinuses, known as the paranasal air sinuses , connect to the nasal passages (the two airways running through the nose): Frontal sinuses (behind the forehead) Maxillary sinuses (behind the cheekbones) Ethmoid sinuses (between the eyes) Sphenoid sinuses (behind the eyes) Sinusitis occurs in these four areas. Sinusitis Healthy sinuses are sterile and contain no bacteria. (The nasal passage, on the other hand, normally contains many bacteria.) The Disease Process. Sinusitis is an infection that occurs if obstruction or congestion leads to bacterial growth in the paranasal sinuses. Among the many causes of such obstruction or congestion are the common cold, allergies, certain medical conditions, abnormalities in the nasal passage, and change in atmosphere. In any of these cases, si...
Full Question: How much can sinuses and migraines be linked? It seems like every time the weather warms up and my sinuses act up, so do my migraines although I also linked my sinus surgery to my migraines because I didn't start getting migraines until after I had my first sinus surgery and after that nothing helps them. Melissa. Answer: Dear Melissa; Research has shown that so-called “sinus” headaches are, more likely than not, Migraines. Like many people, headaches can onset after a facial surgery. But, your observation may be just a red herring. Is there a family history of Migraine? Many Migraines are indeed seasonal in nature which causes people to sometimes blame the “sinus” condition. On the other hand, many Migraine sufferers have nasal symptoms during the Migraine process: runny, stuffed nose, tearing, increased symptoms in the fall and spring. A trial of a migraine-specific agent like a triptan may prove enlightening. Good luck, John Claude Krusz and Ter...
I get sinus headaches mid-afternoon. What can I do, or use To eliminate this problem? Gerry.
Unless you have a sinus infection, it's highly unlikely that these are sinus headaches. Studies have shown that the vast majority of what people think are sinus headaches are really Migraine attacks. You can find more information about this in Sinuses Giving You a Headache? It’s Probably a Migraine .
Are you taking a pain reliever or something else for these afternoon headaches? If you are, there's a significant chance that what you're taking could be perpetuating the headaches. Taking any kind of pain medication, over-the-counter or prescription, more than two or three days a week can make matters worse by causing medication overuse headache (MOH), aka rebound. See Medication Overuse Headache - When the Remedy Backfires for more information on this.
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