What Is a Sinus Headache? Sinus headaches cause deep, throbbing pain inside a person’s head and pressure throughout their face. Sinus headaches are frequently mistaken for migraines or tension headaches as all these conditions can share similar symptoms, such as a sensitivity to light and noise. The difference is that sinus headaches are a specific reaction to inflammation of the sinuses, which are the air-filled cavities in the forehead and cheeks and around the nose and eyes. Because of this, a sinus headache may start off feeling like congestion and then turn into something more painful.

Common Sinus Headache Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Stuffy nose
  • Thick, colored mucus discharge from the nose
  • Feeling of fullness in the ears
  • Swollen or puffy face

What Is a Sinus Infection?

Like we said earlier, the sinuses are air-filled spaces inside the forehead, cheekbones and behind the bridge of your nose. When they get inflamed, which is usually because of an allergic reaction or a bacterial or viral infection, they swell, make more mucus and the channels that drain them get blocked with fluid. When a blockage occurs, it typically causes a sinus infection. We’ve listed the most common symptoms of a sinus infection below.

Common Sinus Infection Symptoms

  • Thick, yellow or greenish mucus from the nose (runny nose) or down the back of the throat (postnasal drainage)
  • Blocked or stuffy nose that causes difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Pain, tenderness, swelling and pressure around the eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead that worsens when bending over
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