• Migraine and sinus headaches are two fairly common maladies that can make life miserable. Though occasionally they are confused because of some similar symptoms, their causes and remedies are very different.

    Causes of Migraines

    Many experts believe that migraine headaches, sometimes called vascular headaches, occur when blood vessels to the brain spasm, restricting blood flow. When the vessels then become too relaxed, increased blood flow results in pain.


    It is generally accepted that certain external factors, or triggers, initiate migraines. Some of these include smoking, lack of sleep or food, stress, and tension. Not everyone reacts to the same triggers.


    Possible treatments include sleep, avoiding triggers, and certain prescribed medications. Some ways to help avoid headaches include exercising regularly, maintaining regular sleep habits, and avoiding bright or flashing lights.

    Sinus Headaches

    A sinus headache is a result of inflammation in the sinuses, generally caused by an infection or an allergy. This swelling reduces drainage, causing a buildup of fluids, which results in pressure and pain. This condition can easily be mistaken for a migraine.


    Over-the-counter medications and nasal sprays are usually effective in decreasing inflammation and increasing drainage. If a bacterial infection is present, antibiotics may be necessary.


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