Treatments for sinus headaches aim to treat the pain and pressure associated with the headache by attempting to decrease the inflammation in the sinuses so that mucus can properly drain.
In some cases, it is also necessary to treat the underlying cause, namely the infection, or the allergic reaction.
Some people can find relief by using simple home remedies, such as drinking plenty of fluids and using a humidifier or salt water nasal irrigation to open the nasal channels and promote drainage.
Over-the-counter pain relievers can be taken as needed, particularly to deal with inflammation. Over-the-counter decongestants can also be used to relieve sinus symptoms by unblocking the nasal channels and decreasing mucus.
However, decongestants should only be taken after consulting a doctor if the patient has high blood pressure, as they are known to increase blood pressure. In addition, patients should avoid taking a pain reliever and a decongestant that both contain either ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
It is always important to consult a doctor for the correct diagnosis of a sinus headache, particularly when a fever is present or symptoms persist for more than 10-14 days, as antibiotics may be needed to treat an infection.