Botox for Sinus Headache Caused by Vacuum Swelling Pressure?

I get extreme sinus headaches due to a vacuum pressure created in the nasal eye area...Could botox help....

Doctor Answers 4

Botox probably will not help with sinus headaches

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As sinus headaches are caused by negative pressure causing the bony layers of the sinuses to be pressed in and the nerve endings transmit this force as pain, Botox which lessens muscle contraction would not be expected to minimize sinus headaches.

Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Botox for headaches

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Botox works great for headaches caused by muscle tension problems.  A true sinus headache would not go away wtih Botox.  However, there are many headaches that patients and physicians refer to as "sinus headaches" that have nothing to do with the sinuses.  This may be the case with your headaches.  I would be evaluated by a facial plastic surgeon with background training in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat).  He or she will be able to evaluate your sinuses to determine if your sinuses may be causing your symptoms.  If they are found to not be the cause of your symptoms, then, if indicated, this surgeon could also perform the Botox injections.

P. Daniel Ward, MD
Salt Lake City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Botox an sinus headache

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Botox is not used to treat sinus  headaches. In some instances it can be very helpful for migraines, but that is in select patients.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Botox for headaches

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Unfortunately there is no indication that Botox can relieve sinus headaches.  The main use of Botox in treatment of headaches has been focused on Migraines for which it seems to work well.  However, if you do suffer from sinus headaches there are various options now available for you.  You first need to be evaluated by an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist and have a CT scan of your sinuses.  Your ENT might then be able to offer you non-invasive procedures such as balloon sinuplasty to open up the sinuses and relieve the pressure.

Hootan Zandifar, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon

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