Frontal headache

A frontal headache is soreness in the forehead and sometimes radiates to the cheeks and the nose bridge which can be called tension headaches. Headaches can be classified according to anatomical areas such as a headache that is felt at the back of head is called occipital headache and headache felt on the front area is called a frontal headache.

A frontal headache is usually caused by sinusitis which involves inflammation of sinuses in the forehead, cheekbones and the bridge of the nose. Migraines can also cause a frontal headache.

These headaches cause visual disturbances such as “seeing star” and nausea. It usually affects only one side of the head and can vary from one attack to another. Migraine headaches can cause constriction of the blood vessels in the head and result to strain to the eyes and muscles of the forehead. Stress, depression and lack of sleep can also result to a frontal headache.

Causes

Frontal headache

A frontal headache is usually caused by sinusitis which involves inflammation of sinuses in the forehead, cheekbones and the bridge of the nose.

  • Eye strain due to overextended use of computer and activities that is performed close-up. Some eye conditions such as astigmatism and unequal vision can also result to eye strain and cause a frontal headache.
  • Sinusitis which is severe swelling and inflammation of the tissues that function in lining the sinus cavities
  • Tension which is caused by stress, depression, lack of sleep, sleep apnea and anxiety. It can also be caused by some conditions such as arthritis, tension of the joints and straining of the neck.

Treatment

  • Massage the affected area to relax the strained muscles of the forehead. Massage also helps increase the circulation of blood in the area and there is increase flow of blood in the strained muscles and lessen the spasm. The head, neck and shoulders can also be massaged to lessen the tension in the area.
  • Apply a hot water bag over the forehead to relieve stress, tension, strain and pain. Another way is to take a hot shower which is beneficial for the condition.
  • Apply a warm compress on the front of the head. Steam inhalation helps liquefy the thick mucus present in the sinuses and helps lessen the pressure on the frontal and maxillary sinuses.
  • If there is sinus congestion or a stuffed nose, use a saline nasal spray to help expel the accumulated mucus that causes the headache.
  • Drink plenty of water to help prevent dehydration.
  • Drink one glass of coffee or ginseng tea to help prevent frontal headache caused by tension.
  • Take a short nap in a dark room to help minimize the occurrence of a migraine headache. If there is difficulty taking a nap, stay away from bright lights and commotions.

In case a nasal spray is not available, inhaling the steam from a cup of boiling water or tea can help in relieving the congestion of the sinuses.

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