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Thursday, December 04, 2008 Jennifer, Community Member, asks

Q: what causes sinus pain/pressure especially when it rains?

what is causing severe sinus pain/pressure, especially (but not always) when it rains or there's a shift in weather?  I don't know exactly when it started, but several years ago I would have sinus problems.  Pain and pressure are the main problems, not watery eyes and runny nose.  It's been getting worse.  Now I also experience vertigo.  They give me sprays and pills, but nothing is working.  An ENT said I didn't have poylps that he could see.  What's causing this and what can be done?  I can't live with this.

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Cort, Health Guide
12/ 5/08 12:18am

You've probably already tried antibiotics.  Many sinus infections are caused by bacteria which are treated with antibiotics.Some doctors, though, believe many sinus infections are due to a yeast infection rather than a bacterial infection.  Unfortunately if you do have a yeast infection then the antibiotics may have made it worse. See URL below for an article by a well-known chronic fatigue syndrome/fibromyalgia Dr. on sinusitis and yeast infections and some cheap home remedies that may be able to help.

 

http://www.ei-resource.org/expert-columns/dr.-jacob-teitelbaums-column/chronic-sinusitis-%11-actually-a-yeast-infection/

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jason, Community Member
7/13/12 5:55am

 

Hi Jenifer can I just say I have the exact same problem and have been battling it for ten years now with no real progress, as you no drugs seem to work, mine are always when I wake in the morning sometimes getting better as the day goes by or the bad ones have lasted up to 4 days. I dont get the watery eyes associated with hey fever and allergys so its so frustrating isn't ti when it spoils so much of life. I have had a theory about the wet weather also and the other day I found this article on a web site ill cut and paste, it confirms our theorys on the weather being involved and especialy air pressure. I have found it very helpfull to keep headache diarys to try to pin down the periods that are worst for me also accuired a digital barometer they are only about 15 pound these days and have also temperature and humidity sensors, I have a theory that I am allergic to dust or pollen maybe both, blocking my sinuses and they create to much histimine during sleep causing the blockages in  my sinuses, maybe? but everything seems to get alot worse in the wet weather. A way to flush snuses is to use a netty pot to poor warm water with salt in threw the nose this is good for cleaning bacteria from the snuses but I have yet to try it out properly. Also eucoliptus eleviated the pressure somewhat. Here is the article I found, If I do have great success in find a cure for our condition I will post here, one day I am going to make a website dedicated to it, so hopefully I can help others that are affected>  Wink

 Rainy Days & Sinus Pain

 Oct 5, 2010 | By Diane Marks

When it rains outside, it means that a front is moving through the area, which causes a change in air pressure. The change in air pressure during a rainy day can lead to sinus pain, or a sinus headache, according to "USA Today." A sinus headache may increase as the weather front comes closer and decrease once the storm passes, according to The Weather Channel. If you experience frequent sinus headaches, talk with a doctor, as migraine headaches are commonly misdiagnosed as sinus headaches.
Sinus Pain

Sinus pain is the result of pressure placed throughout the head from inflammation in the sinus cavity. Your sinuses are composed of air-filled pockets. When these pockets become swollen, pressure is placed on the eyes, forehead, ears, cheeks and teeth, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. A sinus headache resulting from a rainy day may be worse in the morning upon waking and progressively get better throughout the day.
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Symptoms

According to UMMC, sinus pain feels like a dull, throbbing pain in the middle of the head. The pain may worsen if you bend down or stand up quickly. Sinus headaches may make your face sensitive to touch, producing soreness.
Treatment

Rainy days are unavoidable. If a weather front causes a sinus headache, use over-the-counter drugs and natural remedies to combat the symptoms. Decongestants are used to reduce inflammation in the sinus cavity. Use decongestants with caution, as they can have adverse side effects, such as increased heart rate, sleeplessness and nervousness. Use steam and run a humidifier to help soothe the sinuses, according to MayoClinic.com.
Complications

If a sinus headache persists after the weather front has passed, look for signs of a sinus infection. If the sinus cavity was swollen for an extended period of time, an infection may have set in. MayoClinic.com recommends seeing a doctor if you develop a fever over 100.5 F, symptoms last for more than 10 days and medications don't provide relief. If your discharge becomes thick and yellowish green in color, seek medical advice.
Risk Factors

If you suffer from nasal polyps, chronic allergies, a deviated septum, chronic sinusitis or other nasal issues, you are at greater risk of developing a sinus headache from rainy days. Talk with a doctor about using preventive medications such as corticosteroid nasal sprays to maintain healthy sinuses.

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jason, Community Member
7/13/12 6:14am

Also I had a realy bad headache the other day when a low pressure front came in and it rained all the previos night, suffered all day, at bedtime i remembered i had NYTOL talets, they are desined to help sleep but i have noticed that they realy do help relax the sinus area the next day I was groggy but my headache was much impeoved. they have HOPS, VALERIAN, AND PASSION FLOWER. Realy seems to help me hope this helps  Smile

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jason, Community Member
7/14/12 8:22pm

The best decongestant I have found is SUDAFERINE, it seems to relax the sinus pressure best, it comes in duffent cominations with phlenaline and paracetamol but i founf the basic sudafed is best because i dont realy need pain killers just the release of presure hope this helps also.

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jason, Community Member
7/14/12 8:24pm

Diferent I ment I realy need to get a spell checker for my browzer and maybe a life !!

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jason, Community Member
7/14/12 8:24pm

Diferent I ment I realy need to get a spell checker for my browzer and maybe a life !!

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jason, Community Member
10/ 6/12 1:16pm

Hey I'm still getting realy bad heads in mornings I read grinding teeth whilst sleeping causes headaches and my teeth are sore in mornings when im very bad I am going to try a gum shield Ill post results ???

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By Jennifer, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/06/12, First Published: 12/04/08