Sinus pain located in the forehead, cheekbones, and across the bridge of the nose can be caused by inflammation that blocks the natural drainage of mucus from these hollow cavities. This inflammation can be caused by allergies or an infection and can cause pain and pressure that feels similar to a headache. If the headache is sinus-related other symptoms will often be present such as nasal discharge, facial sensitivity, sore throat, and mild fever.

On the other hand, a tension headache is caused by muscle tightness in the head and neck. This tightness can be a result of stress, anxiety, or injury and present as a dull, all-over type of pain that localizes around the temples, scalp, neck, and shoulders.

The exact cause of migraines isn’t known, but symptoms include severe headache, eye pain, sensitivity to light and sound, among others. As opposed to a sinus headache, migraines often present as a throbbing pain on one side of the head more than other.

If you’re experiencing a severe sinus headache, it’s best to see your ENT specialist. He or she will be able to tell you if you have an infection, allergic reaction, or another type of inflammation and recommend a course of treatment to help you feel more comfortable.

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