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How to Get Rid of Pressure Headaches

by
author image Heather Topham Wood
Heather Topham Wood is a seasoned writer whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including USA Today, Gadgetell, Feel Rich and Step in Style. Heather is a published novelist with six Amazon bestsellers and a contract through Crescent Moon Press. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from TCNJ.
How to Get Rid of Pressure Headaches
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Pressure headaches can occur when the sinuses become congested. Colds, allergies or a sinus infections can lead to this type of headache, according to the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Symptoms that commonly occur include pressure around the eyes, cheeks and forehead, tender skin around the eyes and pain during sudden movements. If you suffer from chronic pressure headaches, it is important to speak to your doctor.

Step 1

How to Get Rid of Pressure Headaches
Treat the pain immediately with an over-the-counter pain reliever. Photo Credit George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Treat the pain immediately with an over-the-counter pain reliever. Quick relief is available through the use of acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Although the results are only temporary, the medications can help while you attempt to relieve the sinus congestion causing the pressure headache.

Step 2

Rinse out your sinuses with a saline spray. An over-the-counter saline spray can flush out mucus that is congesting the sinuses. Repeat at least twice a day while you are experiencing symptoms.

Step 3

How to Get Rid of Pressure Headaches
Use a humidifier. Photo Credit Nomadsoul1/iStock/Getty Images

Use a humidifier. Install a humidifier on your home’s heating and cooling system or place a portable version in your bedroom. Humidifiers can help relieve sinus congestion that's causing the headaches, according to University of Maryland Medical Center.

Step 4

How to Get Rid of Pressure Headaches
Run the shower on the hottest setting and sit in the bathroom with the door closed. Photo Credit Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images

Inhale steam. Run the shower on the hottest setting and sit in the bathroom with the door closed. Breathe in the steam two to four times daily for several minutes.

Step 5

How to Get Rid of Pressure Headaches
Take medications to treat the underlying cause of the sinus headache. Photo Credit Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images

Take medications to treat the underlying cause of the sinus headache. A doctor may prescribe medications based on the symptoms accompanying the pressure headache. Antibiotics may be given if a sinus infection is suspected. Oral and nasal decongestants may be recommended to get rid of nasal congestion. Antihistamines may be recommended if allergies are the suspected cause of the pressure headaches.

Step 6

Undergo surgery for chronic cases of sinus infections. If medications do not relieve sinus infections that are causing your pressure headaches, surgically enlarging the sinuses may be recommended by a physician.

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