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How to Make Any Headache Go Away
Head pounding? Here's your roadmap to the most common headache pains and how to get relief asap
How it feels: Your cheeks are throbbing, pressure is increasing and it hurts to bend over
Headache causes: Nasal blockage or a change in atmospheric pressure is the likely culprit, brought on by seasonal maladies such as springtime allergies or a cold.
Shortcut to headache relief: To get rid of a sinus headache, Amanda Salvado, MD, an ear, nose and throat specialist in Culver City, California, recommends using a neti pot (those weird teapots for your nose) or an over-the-counter saline rinse product. You can also turn to over-the-counter Afrin. "This is usually a no-no, because it's so strong and can cause adverse reactions, but you should be fine if you use the correct dosages for no more than three days," says Dr. Salvado. "And make sure to irrigate afterward."
Long-term headache relief: If the pain just isn't going away, you could have acute or chronic sinusitis and should see your primary care doctor or an ENT doctor. Some people mistake sinus headaches for migraines, so your doctor may need to rule that out.
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