Why does SINUS CONGESTION give me a headache?


Sinus congestion causes headaches and can make you feel grumpy and tired. Sinuses are hollow air spaces.  There are four pairs of cavities or spaces known as paranasal sinuses.  These cavities located within the skull or bones of the head surrounding the nose, include the frontal sinuses over the eyes in the brow area; the maxillary sinuses inside each cheek bone; the ethmoids just behind the bridge of the nose and between the eyes; and behind them, the sphenoids in the upper region of the nose and behind the eyes.  Each sinus has an opening into the nose for the free exchange of air and mucous, and each is joined with the nasal passages by a continuous lining.  Sinusitis is defined as inflammation of one or more of the cavities.

Anatomy of Sinuses

Symptoms of Sinusitis may be one or more of the following:

  • Headache
  • Pain and pressure in the face
  • Prolonged discolored mucous from the nose or down the back of the throat
  • Stuffy nose
  • Productive cough
  • Fever
  • Tooth pain
  • Reduced sense of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Asthma flare

Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM provides treatment for patients of all ages with allergies, asthma, rashes, congestion and recurrent infections. If you live in the greater King of Prussia or Philadelphia region and suffer from allergies or asthma, our board certified allergy doctors and immunologists can help. Call us at (800) 86-COUGH to schedule an appointment at one of our eight convenient locations.