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Can sinus headache be experienced on one side of the head?

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Posted on Mon, 28 Jul 2014
Question: Can you have a sinus headache on one side of your head?
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Answered by Dr. Deepashree (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
headache for evaluation.

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for your query.
One sided headache can be because of 2 common reasons, like migraine and sinusitis.
Both are different diseases with different clinical entity.
In sinusitis, pt has nose block, running nose, nasal discharge, post nasal drip, headache, ear block.
In migraine, pt has throbbing one sided headache, associated with nausea, blurred vision, dizziness, intolerance to light and loud sound and sometimes
vomiting.
So please give us information regarding your other symptoms so that we can analyses better.
Empirically you can take diclofenac tablet which isa pain killers to reduce your headache.
Unless clinically examined and diagnosed , it would be difficult to treat headache.
Hope my answers have helped you.
Pleased to help you further. Waiting for your reply regarding other associated symptoms.
Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Follow up: Dr. Deepashree (21 minutes later)
Thanks i do have sinus drainage. The goes along the right side of my head. Is this common with sinus discomfort? Its more pressure like vs pain
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Answered by Dr. Deepashree (11 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
consult with the doctor.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your follow up query.
Yes it is common to have one sided headache with pressure in head when u have sinusitis.
This needs clinically evaluation and treatment.
Please do consult with the doctor and get treated.
If I were your treating doctor, I would have clinically examined you , confirmed my diagnosis of sinus infection, if it's acute treat , then it is treated with antibiotics+ anti inflammatory medicines+ antihistamines +decongestant nasal drops + steam Inhalation for 5 to 7 days.
If it's chronic sinus infection, then would recommend for a ct scan and then advise for surgical treatment if needed.
Empirically you can take antihistamines+decongestant tablet+decongestant nasal drops+ steam Inhalation.
If symptoms persist, consult with an ent specialist.
Hope my answers have helped you. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Follow up: Dr. Deepashree (8 minutes later)
Thank you. Can it also create pressure points on the scalp?
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Answered by Dr. Deepashree (8 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
spheroidal sinusitis can create pressure points.

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for your follow up query.
In my experience, only sphenoidal sinusitis can create pressure points at scalp occasional upto 3 % chances.
Other sinuses do not cause it.
so do consult with doctor and get treated.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Follow up: Dr. Deepashree (36 minutes later)
Thanks i have a lot of popping in my right ear. Can sinus also make you feel nauseous
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Answered by Dr. Deepashree (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
eustachian tube dysfunction.

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for writing to hcm.
Sinusitis can cause eustachian tube dysfunction which will cause popping in the ear.
You can take the empirically treatment suggested by me.
Sinusitis does not cause nausea.
Wish you good health.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Can sinus headache be experienced on one side of the head?

Brief Answer: headache for evaluation. Detailed Answer: Hi, thanks for your query. One sided headache can be because of 2 common reasons, like migraine and sinusitis. Both are different diseases with different clinical entity. In sinusitis, pt has nose block, running nose, nasal discharge, post nasal drip, headache, ear block. In migraine, pt has throbbing one sided headache, associated with nausea, blurred vision, dizziness, intolerance to light and loud sound and sometimes vomiting. So please give us information regarding your other symptoms so that we can analyses better. Empirically you can take diclofenac tablet which isa pain killers to reduce your headache. Unless clinically examined and diagnosed , it would be difficult to treat headache. Hope my answers have helped you. Pleased to help you further. Waiting for your reply regarding other associated symptoms. Thanks.