What Are Chronic Sinus Headaches?

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Sinusitis refers to inflammation of the paranasal nasal sinuses. Sinusitis is now called rhinosinusitis. Rhinology, the medical specialty that treats the nose and its diseases, is the latest classification. This is because inflammation of the sinuses can’t occur without inflammation of the nose. What is the difference between acute and chronic sinusitis?

Acute Sinusitis

Acute sinusitis can be characterized as a severe, rapid-onset sinus infection that lasts for up to four to eight week. Chronic sinusitis refers to a persistent and severe sinus infection. Chronic sinusitis is a condition that lasts for more than eight weeks and recurs frequently. Chronic sinusitis is more severe than acute sinusitis. However, it can lead to complications that require prolonged treatment and sometimes surgery.

Subacute sinusitis is a condition that lasts between 4-12 weeks. A person with acute sinusitis almost always gets a headache. However, chronic sinusitis is more likely to cause a headache. A chronic sinusitis sufferer may occasionally experience a headache from internal pressure. However, this is not a known characteristic of the disease.


Both chronic and acute sinus infections can cause sinus headaches. These symptoms include facial pain and dull, aching sensations over the infected side. The pain is almost always located on the infected sinus. It often begins on one side and then spreads to the other. It is often accompanied by thick, yellow/green purulent nose discharge and a hacking cough.

The headache usually intensifies if the patient is bent forward or lying down. A dull, achy toothache in one or both of your upper jaws can be a sign that the maxillary sinuses have been infected. Because many symptoms overlap, it is difficult to distinguish between pressure headaches, migraine headaches, and sinus-related headaches.


Recent studies have shown that 90% of “sinus headaches”, as they are called, actually turn out to be migraines. Trigeminal nerves innervate both the sinuses as well as the meninges around the brain when there is a migraine. It is almost impossible to pinpoint the source of the pain. Sinus headaches don’t display visionary disturbances or auras that are common in migraines. A chronic sinus headache does not cause sensitivity to bright light or loud noises. Without specialist medical training. The wrong medication can only make your headache worse.