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3 weeks ago I had an agonizing headache. After 3 days I went to see a doctor and I was diagnosed with a sinus infection. Now I have finished all medicine but still have a headache and pressure in my ears. It has been recommended that I go for an allergy test. Is that correct?

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replied June 3rd, 2010
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A12834
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned by the sinus infection and sinus headache.
Sinus headaches cause a dull, deep, throbbing pain in the front of your head and face. They are caused by an inflammation in your sinuses (air-filled cavities around your nose, eyes, and cheeks). Bending down or leaning over generally makes the pain worse, as do cold and damp weather. Sinus headaches often begin as soon as you get up in the morning, and may be better by afternoon. Sinus headaches can be difficult to diagnose, however, because symptoms are similar to tension headaches and migraines.
Sinus headaches can be caused by sinus congestion and inflammation (called sinusitis). Sinusitis, in turn, is caused by either a respiratory infection (such as a cold or flu) or allergies (like hay fever). The risk factors include history of allergies (especially hay fever) or asthma and nasal polyps (swellings in the nasal passage), nasal bone spurs, nasal or facial tumor, deviated septum, or cleft palate etc.
You might have been prescribed antibiotics if your doctor suspected you have a bacterial infection. To treat acute sinusitis, you may take from 10 - 14 days of antibiotics. Treating chronic sinusitis may take longer, usually 3 - 4 weeks. If your doctor suspects that allergies may be causing your sinusitis, he or she may suggest an allergy test. Sometimes, a referral to a specialist – known as an ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor or an otolaryngologist – is necessary. This specialist may perform a nasal endoscopy using a fiber optic scope to look at your sinuses.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.

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