Diagnosis & Medications/Treatment
For all headaches, determine triggers and restrict them.
For alleviation of sinus headaches, make changes in your residence and in your behavior.
Take some nonprescription (over-the-counter) drugs.
See an allergy specialist for prescription medicines, which could offer relief. Examples of these medicines are allergy medicines, steroids and even nasal sprays.
The primary way in managing sinus complications is to restrict allergens that trigger them. Minimize outdoor exposure and keep indoors when triggers, such as excessive pollen counts, are at their peak, usually in midmorning and early night, and when wind is blowing pollens around.
Restrict using window fans that may draw pollens and molds into the residence.
Wear glasses or sun shades when in open air to minimize the quantity of pollen getting into your eyes, as this can cause your sinuses to flare up.
Maintain windows closed, and use air conditioning in the car and at home. Keep your air conditioning unit clean.
Lessen exposure to dirt mites, especially in the bed room. Use “mite-proof” covers for pillows, comforters and duvets, and mattresses and box springs.
To limit exposure to mildew, preserve the humidity in your dwelling to keep it low (between 30 and 50 percent) and clean your bathrooms, kitchen and basement often. Use a dehumidifier, especially within the basement and in different damp, humid locations, and empty and clean it often. If mildew is visible, clean it with detergent and a 5 percent bleach solution as directed by the allergist.
Clean your floors with a damp rag or mop, rather than dry-dusting or sweeping.
Wash your hands instantly after petting any animals. Wash your garments after playing with pets.