If your headache includes facial pain and pressure, it may be a sinus headache. Sinus headaches are often caused by an underlying infection or structural problem that can be diagnosed and treated by expert ENT physician Cecil Yeung, MD, of Houston Sinus Surgery. If you live in Houston or the surrounding area, call Dr. Yeung’s helpful staff for a sinus headache consultation or book your appointment online.
Behind your cheeks, nose, and forehead, and in between your eyes, are air-filled cavities known as the sinuses. The linings of your sinuses produce mucus that helps clear pathogens from your body, but sometimes they’re overwhelmed by viruses, bacteria, or other microorganisms and become infected.
Inflamed and infected sinuses can’t drain mucus properly, so it begins to build up in the cavities, creating pressure. A headache caused by a sinus infection (sinusitis) feels like a persistent, aching pain in your forehead, cheekbones, or bridge of your nose.
If you get a headache that seems localized to your upper face, you may have a sinus headache. Other symptoms include:
Other conditions that may be caused by nasal or sinus problems include:
Certain structural abnormalities that decrease your oxygen intake, such as a deviated septum or enlarged turbinates (structures that control air quality in your nose), may contribute to sleep apnea, a serious sleeping disorder that causes you to stop breathing during the night. Decreased oxygen may cause morning headaches.
In rare cases, trauma, chronic inflammation, or scarring from prior surgery can damage the nose’s internal structures so that they press against each other. The nerve endings in the soft tissues may become irritated and inflamed, leading to a chronic sinus headache sometimes called a contact-point headache.
You might also mistake a regular headache or a migraine for a sinus headache. Dr. Yeung uses state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques, including in-office, cutting-edge CT sinus scans, to pinpoint the cause of your headache.
Dr. Yeung tailors his treatments depending on the cause of your symptoms. Possible therapies include:
If you have a painful headache with pressure in your face, visit Dr. Yeung for a complete evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations. Call the friendly Houston Sinus Surgery team or book an appointment online.