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Sinus is when you’re congested. You feel pressure around your eyes, cheeks and forehead. And your head is throbbing. It feels like a sinus headache — but don’t jump to conclusions.

Headaches often accompany sinusitis, a condition in which the membranes lining the sinuses become swollen and inflamed. But many people who assume they have sinus headaches actually have migraines or tension headaches.

When headaches caused by sinusitis do occur, proper diagnosis and treatment are the keys to relief.

Sinus headache symptoms may include:

* Pain, pressure, and fullness in your cheeks, brow or forehead

    * Pain may worsen when you bend forward or lie down
    * Yellow-green or blood-tinged nasal discharge
    * Sore throat
    * Fever
    * Cough
    * Fatigue

So what’s the confusion with migraines? The signs and symptoms of the two types of headaches often overlap. Migraine pain often gets worse when you bend forward, and migraines can be accompanied by various nasal signs and symptoms — including congestion, facial pressure and a clear, watery nasal discharge.
Sinus headaches, however, usually aren’t associated with nausea or vomiting, or aggravated by noise or bright light — all common features of migraines.


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