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Sinus headaches commonly follow a sinus cold/flu or a seasonal allergy attack. Contrary to popular belief, sinus headaches are rarely from an active sinus infection. Most of the time, the infection is over and the fluid left from the reaction to the infection is stuck in the sinuses. When this fluid has nowhere to go, the pressure inside the sinuses builds up and causes a headache.

Sinus headaches rarely require antibiotics because the infection is already over and most sinus infections are viral, not bacterial (antibiotics have no effect on viruses). Sinus headaches present as a pressure pain behind the brow bone, and/or under the eyes, or below the cheekbones. The most common symptom of sinus headaches is that they get worse when the patient bends down because the fluid moves to the front of the head.

There are a number of different manual chiropractic techniques that can be used to open up the clogged sinuses and allow them to drain. Once the fluid is drained out, the pain goes away.

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Disclaimer: Please keep in mind that this information is only for general knowledge; it is not to be used for self-diagnosis or self-treatment.