Sinus Center Serving Atlanta Metro Area
Sinus headaches often accompany sinus infections, or sinusitis, causing deep, sometimes throbbing pain and pressure throughout the head and face. Chronic sinus headaches may be a sign of chronic or recurrent sinusitis. Sinus headaches are often mistaken for migraines or tension headaches due to similar symptoms, such as migraines inducing sensitivities to light and noise.
The board-certified specialists at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia in Metro Atlanta can quickly determine if your headaches are the result of sinusitis or unknown allergies, and develop a customized treatment plan for your condition.
Symptoms of Sinus Headaches
The pain and pressure of a sinus headache is caused by inflammation of the sinuses, which are air-filled cavities found in the forehead, cheeks, and around the nose and eyes. In addition to deep pain, sinus headaches may cause other painful symptoms including:
- Pain is focused around one area of the face
- Pain increases with movement of the head
- Pain worsens with quick temperature changes
- Pain is more intense in the morning
- Pain when touching the face
Additionally, patients who experience sinus headaches may also exhibit symptoms of sinusitis, including nasal congestion, postnasal drip, fever, or fatigue.
Risk Factors of Sinus Headaches
Although sinus headaches are typically caused by inflammation of the sinus cavities, there are additional health conditions which may increase your risk of experiencing a sinus headache, including:
- History of asthma or allergies
- Frequent swimming or diving
- Climbing to high altitudes
- Nasal polyps or bone spurs
- Deviated septum or cleft palate
For an accurate diagnosis, schedule an appointment with the board-certified specialists at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia. Our physicians can differentiate sinus headaches from migraines and tension headaches to provide an accurate diagnosis.
Diagnosis and Treatment for Sinus Headaches in Atlanta
At the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia, our highly-qualified specialists will first gather your medical history through a series of questions followed by a physical examination. During this examination, our medical doctors determine whether your sinuses are congested, which is the underlying cause of sinus headaches.
If you are experiencing sinus headaches, our doctors may recommend prescription antibiotics or corticosteroids. Additionally, our doctors may recommend certain lifestyle changes and supplements which aid in the treatment of sinus infections and headaches.
In the event that our doctors suspect chronic sinusitis is causing your sinus headaches, further testing may be recommended. Additional exams may include CT scans, MRIs, allergy tests, or nasal endoscopy. Our specialists at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia work closely with you to ensure that not only are your sinus headaches being treated, but that the underlying issues which are causing your sinus headaches are also being treated.
Visit a Sinusitis Specialist in Metro Atlanta
Learn more about the difference between sinus headaches, migraines, and tension headaches at the Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia. Our board-certified specialists are highly trained to identify the differences between these headaches, and work closely with our patients to ensure that the sinus inflammation causing the headaches is also being treated.
Schedule your appointment with our highly-qualified specialists via telephone at (770) 459-0620 or online via our patient contact form. Our offices have a no-wait policy for new and existing patients and are conveniently located throughout Metro Atlanta, including Carrollton, Villa Rica, Newnan, Smyrna/Vinings, Hiram, Acworth/Kennesaw, and Douglasville.