Sinus Headache: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 7/11/2020

Sinus headache is a condition in which there is pressure within the sinus cavities of the skull.

Symptoms of a sinus headache include

Other associated symptoms can include a

  • feeling of pressure and fullness in your cheeks, brow, or forehead;
  • worsening pain on bending forward or lying down;
  • fatigue; and
  • an achy feeling in the upper teeth.

Causes of a sinus headache

Usually a sinus infection or inflammation (sinusitis) of the sinus cavities causes a sinus headache. Other causes can include allergies or exposure to smoke or other toxins. All of these conditions produce increased mucus in the sinuses and swelling of the airways, reducing the ability for the mucus to drain, causing a buildup of pressure.

Other sinus headache symptoms and signs

  • An Achy Feeling in the Upper Teeth
  • Chronic Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling of Pressure and Fullness in Your Cheeks, Brow, or Forehead
  • Pain
  • Runny or Stuffy Nose
  • Worsening Pain on Bending Forward or Lying Down

Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.