Sinus Headache Medication - How They Work, Potential Side Effects
A trip to your local pharmacy will reveal shelves of sinus headache medication, all meant to help you alleviate sinus pressure and pain.
These must work, or else there wouldn't be so many of them, right? But what do sinus headache medicines really do, and how do they work? Most of all, do they have any side effects that might be worse than the actual sinus headache?
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In natural health and healing, we believe in holistic health and healing, as we realize that different parts of the human body are highly interlinked, often beyond Man's understanding. We also believe that the body has the ability to heal itself of any disease, even supposedly incurable diseases.
In order to do so, the body needs the support of some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition. No matter how remote or unrelated a health condition may seem, these fundamental health steps will greatly magnify the effects and benefits of any of our health-promoting efforts, including the use of specific natural health remedies.
About Sinus Headaches
Your sinuses are cavities in your cheekbones, forehead, and behind the bridge of your nose that are filled with air. The sinuses create a thin mucous that drains out of your nose. However, sometimes, a sinus cavity will become inflamed, which can occur during a sinus infection or allergic reaction. When this happens, the mucous cannot come out and sinus pressure can develop.
Sinus headaches might not just be limited to your head. You might also feel fullness in your face, as well as tenderness when you touch your cheeks or forehead. The sinus headache is usually accompanied by fever, facial swelling, and nasal discharge.
Treatment for Sinus Headaches
When seeking relief from sinus headaches, the main idea is to eliminate the pressure. This might mean that you need to take antibiotics as sinus headache medication, although sometimes, if the sinus pressure is caused by allergies, you might be able to alleviate the sinus pressure by draining the sinuses.
Common sinus headache medications include decongestants which constrict the blood vessels, pain relievers, and vasoconstrictors that decrease nasal congestion. Unfortunately, a lot of sinus medications can cause other problems. And if you don't really have a true sinus headache, then taking a decongestant might actually worsen the headache.
Decongestants can help relieve headaches caused by sinus problems, but they can be habit forming. You might take them in the form of tablets, or in a nasal spray. It's not good to continue them past a couple of days, though. Such sinus headache medication can also lead to side effects, which could include insomnia, a jittery nervous feeling, and constipation.
Antihistamines can help if the sinus headache is caused by an allergic reaction, but they can often make you sleepy and tired. In fact, some over the counter sleep aids actually rely on antihistamines for their sleep inducing qualities.
Some sinus headache medications can cause irregular heartbeats, raise your blood pressure, as well as cause other side effects. If you do need to take them, you should start out with a small dose and not exceed the recommended dose.
Natural Remedies for Sinus Headaches
If you don't want to take a sinus headache medication and would rather rely on natural health remedies, then there are some things that you can try at home yourself. Many people use sinus irrigation systems that basically consist of spraying a liquid into your nasal cavities in an attempt to clean out your sinuses. You can purchase these kits at most pharmacies.
There are quite a few herbs and oils that can be used for sinus relief. Nettle leaves, dandelion herbs, and peppermint can be combined in a Neti Pot and used to help relieve sinus pressure. Some people also have success in using a combination of cinnamon and ginger paste on their foreheads.
Sometimes, drinking a warm beverage can help relieve sinus pressure, too. Chamomile tea is used as a natural remedy for many ailments and can be used as a natural pain killer.
More natural remedies and treatments for headaches are available on the other related headache articles and pages on this website.
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