Sinus Headaches and Perfume
Sinus headaches can stop you cold. The pressure can be so intense, so otherworldly, that it is not unusual for patients to call in sick or even to miss several days of work in a row. It is hardly surprising that these headaches are commonly mistaken for migraines, as they are the only symptom that can rival the Big M for agony.
Sinus headaches are generally distinguished by localized pressure and pain that grows worse with movement. Pressure builds up when your warm, wet sinuses cannot drain: the microscopic organisms that take root do not slow down just because their living space has become more cramped. The cause of this blockage is usually sinusitis, or irritation of the walls that line your sinuses.
But what causes that irritation? Answers can include the common cold, allergies, even anatomical obstruction. In fact, anything that leads to irritation can create a sinus infection.
Cosmetic perfumes are not regulated in the U.S., so they may contain any number of synthetic compounds whose effects are poorly understood. At the Los Angeles Sinus Institute, we have seen enough patients with perfume allergies to believe in their power as a major irritant. If you are naturally prone to allergic reactions, you should consider adding some common perfumes to your list of things to avoid. A little caution could save you from a debilitating headache hours later.