4 FAQs About ENT Headache Treatment Options
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Headaches are one of life’s most common problems and there are countless ways to treat a common headache. However, what most people don’t know is that headaches are likely caused by ear, nose and throat (ENT) problems. They are among the most common causes of a headache and there are several conditions that could cause a headache as a symptom.
For example, there are several nasal problems that can cause a headache, and these are often referred to as Rhinogenic Headaches.
For effective headache treatment, it’s important that you speak to your ENT specialist so that they can diagnose what the underlying issue causing your headache is. Only then can an ENT specialist pinpoint their treatment to help you deal with your headaches. Below, we’re going to explain a couple of the most common ENT problems that can cause a headache and how they are treated.
One of the most common ENT problems that could cause headaches is a sinus infection. If your headache is around the cheek, between the eyes or even all over the forehead, then it could be a sinus problem. Treating a sinus infection often depends on where your headaches are occurring. For instance, steam inhalation may be suggested if the problem is between your eyes, or you may be prescribed a course of antibiotics.
Neuralgia is described as a stabbing pain that is being caused by a damaged or irritated nerve. This can occur anywhere in the body, such as the throat. Although not very common, glossopharyngeal neuralgia can produce pain in the neck and throat that could eventually lead to frequent headaches.
A deviated septum occurs when the thin wall between your nasal passages is displaced to one side. This can cause headaches, facial pain and difficulty breathing due to the obstructions. You may be required to undergo surgery to fix a deviated septum with a process known as septoplasty. However, there are other treatments that aim to correct your deviated septum or even focus on dealing with your pressure headaches. While surgery is often the recommended treatment, there are less-invasive methods available too.
Ear infections are another condition ENTs can deal with, and these can often lead to headaches. Most ear infections are dealt with on a per-case basis depending on what part of the ear is infected. For instance, bacterial infections are treated with antibiotic eardrops, and if the infection is severe then you may be prescribed antibiotic tablets.
As you can see, there are several common ENT issues that can directly cause a headache. Whether it’s sinusitis or an ear infection, it’s important that you try your best to solve the issue as soon as possible by asking your ENT specialist to help you diagnose the problem first. Once they have identified what’s causing your headaches, they will be incredibly effective at helping you treat it.