What medications help treat sinus headaches?

It is important to keep in mind that not all head pain located around the sinuses is related to sinusitis or sinus problems at all. This being the case, it is important to have a "sinus headache" evaluated by a healthcare professional as it may be something else, such as a migraine. This being said, if the pain is related to sinusitis there are a number of medication options available. The initial treatment would consist of mild analgesics, such as ibuprofen, combined with saline nasal sprays and drinking fluids. If this is not enough, inhaled steroids (such as fluticasone) or antihistamines may help with symptomatic treatment as well. If the pain continues, the next step would be antibiotics, as this pain may be secondary to a bacterial infection.
People with allergies seem especially susceptible to sinus headache. Treatment includes antihistamines or corticosteroid nasal sprays. Many antihistamines are available over the counter, but corticosteroids require a doctor's prescription.

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