Sinus blockages can result in incredibly painful sinus headaches. Traditional over-the-counter meds may provide only temporary sinus headache relief. However, natural sinus headache treatments like hot compresses, feverfew and apple cider vinegar can often get to the true cause of your sinus headache. These remedies bring almost instant pain relief and can often cure the cycle of sinus infections and headaches.
What is a Sinus Headache?
The symptoms that particularly characterize sinus headaches include significant pain in the front of the head, the cheeks, and at the bridge of the nose. This pain will worsen if you bend down or move your head quickly.
A stuffy nose and yellow-green or even red mucus discharge may also be present.
Additionally, a sinus headache will most likely occur around the time of a cold, the flu, or another infection that will have caused the mucus blockage in the sinus cavities (and it is this that typically indicates a sinus headache diagnosis rather than migraine.)
Top Natural Sinus Headache Treatments
You have many options in home remedies for sinus headache symptoms.
- To start, use a humidifier and/or steam treatments to moisturize your nasal passages. Saline nasal sprays may help improve sinus drainage.
- Warm compresses over the sinuses can relieve pain and pressure.
- Apple cider vinegar, natural pain relievers, and aromatherapy such as with peppermint oil may help open up the sinuses, kill off an infection, or simply relieve sinus headache pain.
- One herbal remedy you may want to consider is feverfew, a plant that has some documented support as to its effectiveness for headache in general and sinus headaches particularly. ²
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