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Migraine and Sinusitis How They are Different


Migraine is one of the most common causes of headache. Sinus headache are not as common as migraine but both are commonly mistaken for one another due to certain common symptoms such as facial pain and pressure, running nose and watery eyes. Both of these headaches have certain characteristic features which can clearly differentiate one from another. Migraine headaches are usually described as throbbing/ pounding/ pulsating headache which are often accompanied by other symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.

Some patients also have increased sensitivity to light or sound. Nasal discharge if present in migraine is thin and clear. Usually onset of migraine headache is caused by a trigger like hunger, thirst, sunlight, lack or excessive sleep, travelling, physical or mental exertion, anxiety, stress and are usually relieved by rest. Ascent hospital is one of the best providers of sinusitis treatment in kerala. Also there might be a family history of headache.Sinus headache is usually caused by viral bacterial or fungal infections and is more of a pressure headache.

Other symptoms such as fever, yellowish or thick mucoid or purulent discharge, ear fullness, toothache, throat discomfort, bad breadth,decreased or absence sense of smell may also be present in sinus headache.It is important to differentiate between the two because the course of treatment differs for both. If still there is doubt regarding the cause of headache you are experiencing, your doctor may advise certain diagnostic tests like DIADNOSTIC NASAL ENDOSCOPY or radiological tests like CT SCAN which can help in differentiating these types of headache. These tests also help to rule out various other causes of nasal blockage and headache.

Migraine are usually treated by sos medication which they occur occasionally. Long term prophylactic medication may be required if migraine headache occur very frequently and symptoms are severe affecting quality of life.Sinus headache are usually treated by medication which help in controlling fever and pain and improving nasal discharge with antibiotics if required for a very short period of time. Sinusitis typically involves signs and symptoms such as fever, headache, neck pain or pain in one or both eyes, nasal congestion or discharge, facial pain or tenderness.Migraine typically involves only one of these symptoms usually pain in the head but it can also include other symptoms such as sensitivity to light or sound.The main cause of sinus infection is exposure to colds or viruses (especially rhinovirus), while migraines are often caused by unknown factors.

Airway obstruction caused by sinus infection may lead to difficulty breathing; however this is rare with migraines. ENT hospitals in India that specialize in treating sinus conditions offer a variety of treatments including medications (such as antibiotics), surgery (to remove inflamed tissue), drainage procedures (such as sacrococcygeal drain), and laser therapy.Proper hygiene avoiding close contact with sick people and washing your hands regularly – is key for reducing your risk of developing sinus infection in the first place. And finally...sinuses don't just affect adults! Children can get infected too – so it's important to treat them immediately if they develop signs or symptoms of a cold/sinus infection.