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    How to Treat Sinus Headaches

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    Always use distilled, sterile, or previously boiled and cooled water. Rinse the neti pot after each use and let it air dry.

    You can also try saline (salt water) nasal sprays to flush out your stuffy nose.

    Avoid irritants. Perfume, cigarette smoke, and certain chemicals can irritate your nasal passages and worsen your symptoms.

    If home treatments don't work -- or if you have a fever, pain, or swelling of your face or eyes, redness around your eyes or cheeks, severe headache, confusion, or a stiff neck -- see your doctor right away.

    If your headaches and other sinus problems keep coming back, surgery can sometimes help if nothing else does. Your doctor can tell you if you're a good candidate, what the risks and benefits are, and what to expect. 

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on December 01, 2014
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