Are you perpetually battling headaches? Unfortunately, because there are a variety of different types of headaches, each with distinct causes, misdiagnoses often occur. Time and time again, at South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center, we hear about doctors diagnosing patients with migraines and tension headaches, when in reality, they are suffering from sinus-related headaches. After receiving a long-lasting treatment plan from our experts, many people are capable of living life with minimal headaches in the future. Today we’ll look at some indicators of sinus headaches and suggest some effective treatments for preventing them from happening so frequently.
Causes and Symptoms
Sinuses are cavities in the cranial bones that help with air humidification and mucus secretion. A membrane coats the sinuses similar to the lining of the nose. When an infection occurs, these membranes can become inflamed, causing the sinuses to lose their ability to drain and fill with mucus. The resulting buildup causes pressure, which you feel in the form of a headache.
An individual suffering a sinus infection headache may feel pain in their cheeks, the bridge of their nose, and in the area above the nose. Sometimes, these areas may even appear swollen. A sinus headache can affect one or both sides of the face. Sinus infection symptoms tend to accompany most sinus headaches, including postnasal drip, earache, dizziness, sore throat, fever, bad breath, tooth pain, fatigue, cough, loss of sense of smell, and hearing loss.
The South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center Approach
While there a range of over-the-counter treatments, decongestants, and medications designed to offer relief from sinus pressure headache symptoms, none of them address the root cause of these indicators. They only provide temporary, fleeting relief. Prescription pharmaceuticals, while more powerful, are immensely expensive, and if you utilize them for a prolonged period, they can lead to increased tolerance and reliance on higher and higher dosages to maintain extended sinus relief.
This reason is why you should consider a visit to Dr. Lee Mandel at South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center. After a quick trip to his Level III state-certified procedure room, you can expect dramatically diminished sinus infection and sinus pressure headaches, as well as a reduction in any associated symptoms.
For sinus headaches, Dr. Mandel often recommends a balloon sinuplasty, which involves placing the patient under IV sedation, meaning the patient will be asleep for the entire process. Dr. Mandel then inspects the nasal tissue and surrounding areas for the causes of your nasal blockage, irritation, and swelling. He corrects the issues by expanding a balloon catheter inside of your sinus opening. This method reshapes the nasal passageways and allows for nasal drainage. After Dr. Mandel pulls the balloon catheter out of the sinus opening, he flushes the space with a saline rinse. The procedure can take as little at 15 minutes, and while some patients may need a day’s rest for recovery, most people can resume daily tasks and activities within 24 hours or earlier.
Begin a Long-Term Treatment Plan Today
Are you experiencing frequent headaches that other treatments are not solving? If so, you need to contact South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center to receive a consultation, diagnosis, and long-term treatment plan from our staff of expert practitioners. You can breathe easier and feel better with our proper sinus-based approach to headache relief. Contact us today at 954-613-8837 to schedule an appointment.