Congestive headaches can occur after colds or allergies. According to the University of Cincinnati, when your sinuses become infected, inflamed, or obstructed you may have a congestive headache. Congestive headaches can cause pain and discomfort that can difficult to manage.
Congestive headaches cause a variety of symptoms that include pressure and pain in your facial area, around your nose, and behind your eyes. Congestive headaches can also cause you to suffer from pain when bending or moving forward. The University of Maryland Medical Center advises that sudden temperature changes such as going outside when it is cold can worsen your pain. In addition, the University of Maryland Medical Center reports that you may experience nasal congestion, a mild or moderate fever, fatigue and even suffer from a post nasal drip or yellowish, greenish nasal discharge.
Identifying the cause of your congestive headache is not always easy and you may need to seek the advice of your physician for diagnosis. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, your doctor will look inside your nasal canal and check for congestion and discharge. The University of Maryland Medical Center also reports that your physician may choose to do a series of tests such as an x-ray, computed tomography (CT) scan, or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
According to the University of Cincinnati, treatment for congestive headaches can vary from using decongestants to reduce the nasal pressure to using antibiotics to treat a sinus infection caused by bacteria. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that antihistamines may also be used to treat the congestion and relieve the headache. Home remedies may include inhaling hot vapors, menthol, or eucalyptus. This type of inhalation can be helpful with reducing inflammation and loosening the congestion in the nasal canal. You may also try using a moist heating pad scented with menthol to get the same effect. Alternatively, if you are suffering from swelling, pain, and inflammation, try using an ice pack. The University of Cincinnati also recommends trying to drink plenty of water and use a cool mist humidifier in your room. Other treatment options such as acupuncture and chiropractic treatment may also be helpful with relieving chronic problems.
The University of Maryland Medical Center reports that you should seek medical help if you are not healed within a few weeks. In fact, your primary care physician may need to refer you to an ENT (ear, nose, and throat) physician for evaluation. If you have a serious infection, that is causing the congestive headache, there is a possibility the infection may invade your brain, and this can lead to a more serious and deadly medical condition.
The University of Cincinnati; Sinus Headaches http://www.netwellness.uc.edu/healthtopics/allergies/sinusheadache.cfm
The University of Maryland Medical Center; Sinus Headache http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/sinus-headache-000073.htm