Sinus headaches mid-afternoon?

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I get sinus headaches mid-afternoon. What can I do, or use To eliminate this problem? Gerry.

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Dear 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.

It's time to see your doctor about these headaches, Gerry. If there's any history of Migraines, sinus headaches, or "sick headaches" in your family, please remember to tell him or her. Migraines are hereditary, so that's important information for your doctor.

Good luck,
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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