Sinus Headache (cont.)

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What is the prognosis for a sinus headache?

Most people with sinus headaches have short-lived temporary problems associated with colds or hay fever. They recover quickly, once the underlying condition resolves.

Certain people develop chronic sinus inflammation and more long-standing symptoms associated with their sinusitis. Once the underlying condition is identified, preventive measures may be available and future recurrences of the sinus headache may be minimized. If the headache symptoms are not associatied with inflammation of the sinuses, the underlying cause (such as a migraine headache) needs to be adaquately addressed to to relieve symptoms.

Medically reviewed by Peter O'Connor, MD; Americal Board of Otolaryngology with a subspecialty in Sleep Medicine


Rakel, D. and R. E. Rakel. Textbook of Family Medicine, 8th ed. Saunders, 2011.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/4/2015

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