GPS for Your Headaches
Head pounding? Here's your roadmap to the most common headache pains and how to get relief asap
Your cheeks are throbbing, pressure is increasing and it hurts to bend over
Sinus Headache City
The Breakdown :
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 relief:
Dr. Amanda Salvado, an ear, nose and throat specialist in Culver City, Calif., recommends using a neti pot (those weird teapots for your nose) or other 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."
Down the road:
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.
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