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Sinus Headache Symptoms


Pain in the sinus area does not automatically mean that you have a sinus disorder. On the other hand, sinus and nasal passages can become inflamed leading to a headache.

Symptoms Of Sinus Headache

Sinus headaches are generally described by the following characteristics:

  • Dull or severe pressure-like pain in one specific area of the face or head (for example, behind the eyes)
  • Facial tenderness to touch
  • Pain aggravated by sudden movements of the head and bending forward
  • Worse pain in the morning because mucus has been collecting and draining all night
  • Sudden temperature changes, like going out into the cold from a warm room, also worsen the pain
  • Headache often starts when you have a bad cold or just after

Other symptoms that may be present related to sinus inflammation (sinusitis):

  • Postnasal drip with sore throat (pharyngitis)
  • Yellow or green discharge from your nose
  • Red and swollen nasal passages (nasal congestion)
  • Mild to moderate fever
  • General sense of not feeling well (malaise)
  • Fatigue

However, it is important to note that there are some cases of headaches related to chronic sinusitis without other upper respiratory symptoms. This suggests that an examination for sinusitis be considered when treatment for a migraine or other headache disorder is unsuccessful. 

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