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What's the difference between a sinus headache and a regular headache?

Satish Govindaraj, MD
Ear, Nose & Throat (Otolaryngology)
Sinus headaches tend to be in the central area of the face and forehead. In this video, Satish Govindaraj, MD, director of endoscopic skull base surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, discusses sinus headache symptoms.
A sinus headache is a specific type of headache that is thought to be caused by increased pressure in the sinus cavities. This is likely due to increased mucus from either an infectious or allergic cause. A regular headache is a more broad definition and can be triggered by various other causes such as vascular swelling, hormonal changes, migraines, trauma, tension or other fluid shifts.

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