There are para nasal sinuses (air – filled spaces) located inside the cheek bones, forehead, behind the bridge of nose and between the eyes. These can get inflamed from infection or from allergies. As a result they swell, become congested with mucus and can not drain properly resulting in pressure build up and pain which is referred to as sinus headache. Homeopathic remedies for sinus headache offer a very natural, safe and effective treatment.
The sinus headache can be felt on one or both sides of the head. Additionally pain and pressure can be felt in any of the sinus areas like around the eyes and cheeks, bridge of the nose.
Sinus headaches and migraines are easily confused with each other due to similar symptoms like nasal congestion, nasal discharge, facial pain. However, sinus headache is not attended with nausea / vomiting which is present in migraine. Worsening of headache from noise and bright light is also a feature of migraine and not sinus headache. The duration of sinus headache is for many days together but migraines mostly last few hours or for one or two days.
They most commonly occur in case of inflamed para nasal sinus (sinusitis). These sinuses can get inflamed from infections or from allergies (hay fever). Sinus infections can lead to sinus headaches. The infections cause mucus build up in the sinuses and cause congestion and headache. The infections can occur from common cold; seasonal allergies; nasal polyps and deviated nasal septum that blocks drainage of mucus from sinus and favours growth of germs that inflame sinus.
Person having sinus headache may feel fullness pressure or pain in forehead, in cheeks, bridge of the nose or brows. The affected sinus area can also be tender to touch and red. The pain tends to get worse when first getting up out of bed, from moving your head suddenly and from leaning forward.
Its other symptoms include sinus infection like stuffy nose, thick, green or yellow coloured mucus discharge from the nose, post nasal discharge (PND), swelling or puffiness of face, fever, aching in the upper jaw, fatigue. In case of infection of frontal sinus pain / pressure is felt in the forehead, above the eyes. In case of maxillary sinus involvement pain or pressure is felt in the cheek area. In ethmoidal sinusitis pain occurs between / behind the eyes, and the sides of the upper nasal area (medial canthi). When sphenoidal sinus is affected pain appears behind eyes, top of head or back of head.
Homeopathic Remedies For Sinus Headache
Homeopathic systems offer a very natural, safe and effective treatment for sinus headache cases. Homeopathic medicines help to relieve sinus headache by reducing the sinus congestion by treating the root cause behind it. It targets to treat the cause like infections, nasal allergies linked with sinus inflammation leading to sinus headache. These medicines are effective in both acute as well as chronic cases of sinus headache. Along with relieving the headache it also manages the attending nasal symptoms like stuffiness, nasal discharges , sneezing, post nasal discharge.
Belladonna – Top Grade Medicine
This medicine is prepared from plant deadly nightshade. It belongs to family solanaceae. It is a very effective medicine for sinus headache. It works very well in cases of frontal and maxillary sinusitis. In cases needing it, the frontal headache is marked. A pressive sensation or pressure in the forehead is felt where it is required. This worsens on motion and stooping. It also worsens from going in the open air. Next symptom that indicates its use is swelling of the cheek with pain of burning nature. Face may be red with warmth. Pain in the jaw , especially tearing in nature may also be present.
Kali Bichrome – For Headache, Nasal Blockage, Nasal Discharge, Post Nasal Discharge
Kali Bichrome is another well indicated medicine for these cases. Persons needing it complain of headaches in the forehead especially over one of the eyes. They usually feel shooting pains over the eyebrow. Next they can complain of pain in the forehead in the morning on awaking. They feel distress, fullness, severe pain in frontal sinuses. With this they discharge from the eyes and nose. They also feel weak along with this and may also have fever. Another main symptom that they have is post nasal discharge. Pain, tightness, fullness or pressure sensation at the root of the nose is also felt. With this they have a constant feeling of a stoppage of their nose. They may have a burning sensation in their nose. They may also feel a fetid smell in the nose. They feel their noses are constantly full of thick mucus. Discharge from the nose of tough, yellow or green color which is stringy, ropy or lumpy is passed. Sometimes there is discharge of crusts from the nose which are tinged with blood. Next they may have pain, shooting in nature in the cheeks mainly left sided. Pressure is also felt in the same region. This pain is also felt across the bridge of the nose.
Silicea – For Pain in Forehead and Nasal Discharge
This is the next prominent medicine when pain is felt in the forehead. The pain for using this medicine is mostly throbbing, pulsating type. The pain may worsen from motion, stooping or cold air exposure. Wrapping up your head warmly gives relief. Along with the headache the head also feels very heavy. A major attending symptom is thick, green – yellow, offensive discharge from nose after getting up. Nose may feel stopped in the morning with this.
Hepar Sulph – When There is Pain at Root of The Nose
This medicine is particularly helpful when there is pain at the root of the nose. This pain is most felt in morning time. An attending symptom is a stoppage of the nose in the morning. Thick, offensive smelling discharge from nose can accompany. This discharge may be sometimes blood tinged. A heated sensation and burning is felt in nostrils. Nose is painful and sensitive to touch. Other than this there may be headaches over eyes. Headache worsens when shaking the head.
Natrum Mur – For Heaviness / Pain in Forehead with Sneezing, Nasal Discharge
It is a very important medicine when there is heaviness / pain in the forehead with sneezing and nasal discharge. A pressing sensation or a sensation of weight may also be felt in the forehead. This worsens from bending your head down. This sneezing is violent and worse in the early morning. The nasal discharge is watery and sometimes there is alteration between nasal discharge and nasal dryness. It’s a top listed medicine for nasal allergies.
Hydrastis – For Frontal Headache
This medicine is prepared from the fresh root of the plant Hydrastis canadensis. This plant is commonly known as Golden Seal, Orange-root and Yellow Puccoon. This plant belongs to family ranunculaceae. This medicine offers great help in case of frontal headache over the eyes. A main accompanying symptom is dropping of mucus from back of nose into throat (post nasal discharge). In many cases the nose feels stuffed up. There is also discharge of thick, white, yellow or green tenacious, stringy mucus from the nose.
Pulsatilla – For Pain in Maxillary Sinus (Cheek), Nasal Stuffiness and Thick Nasal Discharge
This medicine is prepared from plants named Pulsatilla Nigricans commonly known as wind flower or pasque flower. This plant belongs to family ranunculaceae. It is indicated when there is pain in maxillary sinus (located in cheeks), nasal stoppage and thick nasal discharge. The pain in maxillary sinus is tearing in nature that may extend into the ear. The nasal discharges are thick, yellow green coloured. They get worse indoors and get better in open air. In some cases requiring it dull, heavy sensation over frontal sinuses is also there.
Merc Sol – For Inflamed Frontal and Maxillary Sinus with Headache and Fluent Nasal Discharge
This medicine is recommended for inflammation of frontal and maxillary sinus. Cases needing it present with headaches of pulsating kind in forehead. There is also pain in cheeks, and aching in jaws. Fluent nasal discharges are present with above symptoms. The discharge is acrid that causes rawness, soreness of nostrils. Sneezing is also there.
Sticta – For Pain in Forehead and Root of Nose, with Stuffy Nose
It is another significant medicine for sinus headache. The key indication for using it is pain in forehead, root of nose along with stuffy nose. Sometimes heaviness and pressure is felt in the forehead. The nasal obstruction gets worse at night. In cases needing it the nasal secretions dry quickly and form scabs and are difficult to be discharged. Excessive sneezing attends it.
Bryonia – For Pain, Heaviness in Forehead Worsening from Stooping
This medicine is prepared from the root of a plant named Bryonia alba or wild hops. This plant belongs to the family cucurbitaceae. It is beneficial for persons who complain of pain, heaviness in the forehead specifically from stooping. It may also worsen from motion. Fullness or pressure may also be felt in the forehead where this medicine is needed. It is also indicated for pain in the back of the head. Last indication for its use is pain on top of head in the morning on waking. This pain is mostly throbbing.
Kali Iodatum – For Pain Over Eyes and Watery Nasal Discharge
This medicine works well in cases where pain over the eyes is present along with watery discharge from the nose. The discharge is hot, acrid and worsens in cold air. The frontal sinuses are inflamed. Violent sneezing is also there. Tightness at the root of the nose is also felt.
Gelsemium – For Pain Over Eyes and Back of Head
This medicine is prepared from the bark of the root of plant Gelsemium Sempervirens commonly known as yellow jasmine. This plant belongs to family loganiaceae. Its use is suggested for cases presenting with pain over eyes and back of head. A sensation of band around the head accompanies. The nasal symptoms that occur with this are sneezing in early morning, fullness at the root of nose and thin watery nasal discharge.