Headaches are a common complaint among adults of all ages. Often, this troublesome condition is believed to be caused by tension and is treated with over-the-counter medication. Headaches can have other origins, though, including various problems occurring in the ears, nose, or throat. If you experience frequent or persistent headaches and don’t find much relief from your current remedies, consider whether your symptoms may relate to a sinus or ear problem such as:
Sinus infections can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms. A headache is one that many people overlook as merely a side effect of their irritated sinus cavity. Sinusitis involves inflammation within the sinus cavity, which can lead to pain in the cheek area, between the eyes, or all over the forehead. Additional clues that you may have sinusitis include congestion or a runny nose, postnasal drip, even pain in the upper teeth.
The septum is the thin wall that separates the nasal passages. When this structure is displaced too far to one side, breathing is obstructed to some degree. Some people also experience facial pain or headaches. Surgery called septoplasty is needed to correct a deviated septum. Once structure is restored to the septum, patients notice a marked improvement in breathing, headaches, and other symptoms.
Most people think only of direct pain in the ear as a symptom of ear infection. However, it is also possible for a headache to be a primary or accompanying effect of infection. Depending on what part of the ear infection has affected, an ear, nose, and throat doctor may prescribe antibiotic drops or pills.
Headaches are often thought to be a matter of stress and tension. However, there could be much more behind this problem than one may imagine. Persistent or recurring headaches are not the norm, regardless of their underlying cause. A thorough consultation and examination by your primary care physician can alert you to other factors that may be contributing to head pain. When sinuses are to blame, St. Louis Sinus Center is the place to go for help. Schedule a visit at 314.473.5433.