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Cold Draft On Forehead = Sinus Headaches (Page 2)


February 8th, 2014
I have the exact same condition! Cold air or air conditioning that hits me in the face...I have found that when I feel a cold draft I cover my forehead with a light weight t-shirt just to keep the breeze off....when I have a full on headache I find that taking a tylenol, aspirin, ibuprofen AND caffeine combination helps but what feels good immediately is a heating pad across my forehead. I really didn't know anyone else suffered this!
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replied March 8th, 2014
Hello, I have the exact same thing, I have to wear ear muffs even in the summer time and have my car air conditioning ducts all taped up so that they don't blow on my head. Meanwhile i am sweating like crazy. If cold air blows on my face (the bridge of my nose) I still get the headaches. I have seen many doctors and many prescribe medicines, none of them worked. I did try an over the counter medicine that cut the pain only in half, I saw it on dr oz, the compound formula is B2 400mg + magnesium 400mg + feverfew 100mg. I take the compound pills 4 times daily and it took almost two months to get into my system and take effect but at least it took away half the pain.
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replied April 14th, 2015
It's amazing this post has been going for over 7 years. If nothing else, it's a reassuring to read that others share in my experience and I've not simply a low tolerance for headache/sinus pain. Seriously, these headaches are debilitating! Nausea, dry heaves, inability to function. Just awful!

I really feel for those who have sensitivity to air conditioning. I've been spared that for some reason.

For what it's worth, my bed time recommendations are to always wear a comfortable stocking cap. I have a completely shaved head, so I tend to use fleece or some softer material. Someone else in the thread recommended wrapping your head in a t-shirt. Not a bad idea either. On really cold nights I'll bring a throw to bed and wrap it around my head and face leaving only as much exposed as I need to freely breathe. I must look like a mummy ready to be placed in a sarcophagus. Better to look that than to feel like a zombie the next morning.

Most remedies I've tried have already been covered here: Aleve/Advil/Tylenol + pseudoephedrine + caffeine usually does the trick...but takes 4-6 hours before I'm better, and usually only after a 2nd dose. Sitting over a steaming sink or applying a hot washcloth to the forehead seems to help speed the process along.
ANY amount of alcohol the night before (doesn't matter if it's one drink or ten) seems to exacerbate the problem. Admittedly, I could probably reduce occurrences if I didn't imbibe.

Hopefully all these posts help bring some iota of relief to our fellow sufferers.
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replied July 27th, 2015
Brain-freeze style headache
I put the 2 together (cold moving air + numbing headache) about 5-8 years ago and found that the best solution is prevention. Any moving air below certain temperature that hits any part of my head, more precisely the upper part, can give me a headache that can last for 2-3 days if not treated.

When I'm flying I always take a beanie, when I'm carpooling/in a car with someone else I take a beanie or something available to wrap my head in as I only turn on air conditioning in extremely hot day, and even then I position the incoming cold air below my head. I can tolerate air conditioned room as long as there is no air blowing directly on my head. I've became very sensitive to this and know in an instant when I have to take measures to prevent the headache. I sleep with a hat on whenever my window is open even on summer days (I live in California).

I recently found out that my mother suffered exact same thing when she was young, she said it started around the time she was 30 and ended in her 50s. This is so fascinating because I'm 33 and I believe mine started in late 20s. In the case I do get a headache, usually Alieve/Ibuprofen helps. When I get a very strong headache (when my hat falls off at night and I wake up with a very heavy throbbing headache) I know that my next 2 days will be ruined but I can manage with said medications and they seem to only reduce the pain but I still feel it in the back of my head, as if it's a mini-brain freeze.

I've explained this as an ongoing brain freeze, nobody that I know has this or understands it. I've done some research and found others suffering from the same headaches and that it has to do with either nerves in the head or a blood vessel that is sensitive to the cold. It literally feels as if something in my head, like a little nerve gets numb or freezes up and expands and takes up to 2 days to de-freeze by taking measures such as covering the head, going into a warmer room, taking anti-inflammatory medication.

Once I've learned what causes this and how to prevent it, it's not so bad at all. I always have a hat in my car and in my carry-on when I fly. I love sweaters with hoods and most of mine have hoods. I'd rather prevent the headaches than keep taking medications as I don't like the idea of taking any pills if I can avoid them.
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replied August 18th, 2015
I feel your pain
Though I feel horrible to hear that others suffer with these same symptoms, I'm so glad to know that I'm not alone. I've tried most of the things that others have suggested in this thread and am definitely going to look into some of the others (like MSM, B3 and meds containing Sudafed). I just wanted to mention that I use Excedrin Migraine (acetaminophen, aspirin and caffeine) and, if I take two right at the first sign, it will many times take the headache away entirely. Otherwise, it will at least make the pain tolerable and a heating pad on the head will almost take any remaining pain away. I've tried all sorts of prescription meds (aside from triptans, due to strong family history of heart disease) and nothing so far has worked better.
As far as living in a warmer climate, I live in Phoenix and you can't get much warmer. The problem then is the air conditioning. I feel some relief going outside into the hot air, but EVERYWHERE indoors is air conditioned and when I have a headache it wreaks havoc and when I sleep it can trigger headaches. I'm married and it can reach 117 here, so turning it off at night is not an option and I often wake up with a migraine.
I'm now working on relieving some of my stressors and exercising more and appreciate these new suggestions to try.
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replied September 3rd, 2015
I suffered from same problem for over 35 years and also thought I was the only one until I did a google search and came on this forum.I am glad to say after thirty five years of suffering I have at last now found a home remedy that has resolved/cured my problem and now I can enjoy my life indoors, outdoors and my sleep without having to wrap my head in a double folded blanket. My hands used to lockup and I am noticing some relief there as well. The ingredients of this remedy are gram flour, cow ghee, shakkar (or brown sugar) and alum. If anyone is interested I can share the preparation method with a disclaimer of no liability. I have been using it for about three months now. As my problem was from a very long time I intend to use this remedy for at least a year plus. Idealy a month for every year of suffering to completely get rid of the problem out of the system for good. Continued use of this remedy is said to prevent many other health problems.
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replied September 21st, 2015
please help
HI Sardar1, I would really really appreciate IF you could share the remedy and how to use it with me...I have been suffering from this since 1 year ago and quality of my life especially the winter time has dropped so much... thanks a lot in advance..
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replied September 22nd, 2015
Hi Gulenay,

As I said in my original comment this is a no liability sharing of information that I have personally found useful. I am not trained in any discipline of medicine therefore the use of this remedy is at user's risk.
Ingredients
1.5 kg coarse besan (Gram flour)
1.00 kg cow ghee (butter fat)
0.5 kg shakkar (sweet brown powder made from sugarcane juice) or brown sugar
100 g white Alum (called FATKARI (Phitkari) in punjabi and Mngfn in chinese)
All items available from some Indian and Pakistani grocery shops.
Method of preparation
Take a small deep saucepan(10-12 in diameter)with some rim if possible and put 0.5kg ghee in it. Take aluminum foil and measure about two inches bigger than the saucepan diameter and now cut a small round hole in the centre of the foil to fit a metal tea strainer big enough to hold 100g Alum in it.Now fix stretched the aluminium foil over the saucepan and crunch around the rim. Now place 100g Alum (crush if in a block) in the tea strainer and place it in the hole in the foil over the saucepan. cover the tea strainer with some more foil to retain heat. Now light the gas or electric cooker on mid heat when gee melts(stops making any sound) reduce heat to low and let alum melt and drop into gee with the gentle heat. it will take 35-45 minutes for the alum to melt. cook it for another 15 minutes or so then take it off the flame. Now take another saucepan of a bit bigger size and put in it 0.5 kg ghee and put on medium heat when ghee melts add besan (gram flour) and reduce heat to low and cook stirring continually making sure it is not burning at the bottom. I use a flat scraper like iron plate welded onto a rod about two foot length with wooden handle for stirring. When it cooks to light brown it normally starts releasing ghee then add shakkar or brown sugar to it and keep stirring and when mixed turn the gas off and now strain the ghee into this in which alum was cooked keeping out the alum solids. Keep stirring for a while to stop it burning at the bottom from heat of the pan. When cooled take it out into a tray about 0.5-1.0inch deep and level and let it set like fudge over night or few hours and then cut it into about inch and half squares. Eat one to one and a half squares daily on its own or with tea etc. I noticed difference after about six-eight weeks. This remedy helps with many problems, frequent running nose, headache, migraine, blocked veins and arteries, prevent heart attacks or recurrence, joint pains, people have reported dead limbs because of polio gain full use within six months of use. As it cleans and strengthens veins and arteries it can improve many body functions. People have even noticed improvement in sexual function, improved vision etc.
As a precaution for any possibility of pan fire it would be wise to keep a wet towel handy near by even though I have never experienced any pan fire but I have heard of someone who have, probably because he had the flame higher when melting Alum into ghee.

Oh and don't throw cooked alum away as it can be ground and taken equal to the size of a chickpea daily in honey or milkskin etc in case of severe joint pains.
I wish you all the best and anyone else who want to try it and I hope it works for everyone who tries it and enjoy good health.
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replied July 5th, 2016
I am glad I found this forum and I am not the only one, though I have to read it all but most symptoms are similar to what I suffering from. Recently, I just had balloon sinus-plasty surgery and for 2-3 months I was absolutely fine, no headaches but again I am having trouble with my headache. I am starting having my headache again when I am working all day in my office which is obviously with running cold ac all day and even in the house as I cannot run house without ac , and that cold air of ac gives me headache. The only relief I have find after my surgery are that my nose are not clogged and I can at least breathe openly. I have some allergy issues with pollen but I have now moved to San Antonio where rate of pollen is really low but high only in humidity. However my major problem has become cold ac and headache. Recently. I have bought one cool mist humidifier and running it all night (I turned it off the ac, before turning on humidifier). I am having really good sleep after I bought this. I recommend to try this.
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replied October 16th, 2016
Hi all, I have the same symptoms as many in these posts have dealing with cold air and frozen head, stiff neck, aching sinus and wanted to share medications my neurologist has given me that sometimes can help alleviate the pain in 15-30 minutes. She prescribed individually 100 mg sumatriptan, 10mg rizatriptan, and 325 mg fioricet/codeine acetamin. Good luck and hope this helps.
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replied October 29th, 2016
Headaches and sinus problems caused by cold air and aircondition
Hey guys, I suffer from the same problem for 3 years now, I even had MR because I thought I had a brain tumor, I had that strong headaches that lasted for weeks even months. I had a strong pain in my forehead that spread all over my head. And one of my pupils got larger and stayed dilated for months. I had no help from doctors, the only help was the one I gave myself - wearing a hat and dont let the cold air touch my head. When I feel I was exposed to cold air and start drinking serapeptase and brufen and large amounts of vitamin C and pray that headaches will pass me away. Many times painkillers dont work, keeping something warm on my forehead makes me feel better and drinking 1-2 cups of strong brandy works the best, so maybe it's a blood circulation problem or some nerve that causes these pains.
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replied November 23rd, 2016
Oh my gosh. I thought I was a freak after I told my Dr. about my symptoms. It's so nice to not feel all alone now! I've suffered from migraines for about 25 years now and take Imitrex shots when I get them (ouchie!). About a year ago, I started waking up in the middle of the night with a headache/almost migraine and my head/skull feeling cold. I have to sleep with with a hat or a nightie with a hoodie on, every single night. Even last night, my darn hoodie must have slipped off and I woke up at midnight with a terrible headache. I hate taking my shots, so I try everything I can think of to kill the headache pain. It's a dull sinus ache right now and will probably last all day. I sometimes sleep with a pillow over my head too. I'm sorry you all suffer from this too, but I have to tell you...it's nice not to be alone.
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replied November 24th, 2016
I believe we have to work on our immune system and to avoid stress as much as possible. And when you feel you're about to get a headache or a cold forehead, tell yourself it will go away, ignore it, don't make a big deal out of it, tell yourself you'll beat it and survive it and what is most important, try to be in move and improve body circulation, warm up yourself.
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replied January 4th, 2017
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Bring water to a boil. Add the hot water and the apple cider vinegar in a glass. Combine honey and cayenne pepper and stir. Add the lemon juice to the mixture. Drink this mixture regularly until you get relief.
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replied October 19th, 2017
headache in forehead and scalp/cold forehead and scalp
I am SO RELIEVED to find this thread of information from other people. I had a headache from Sunday to Wednesday evening and I was starting to consider going to the doctor because I was fearing the worse (an aneurysm). It turned cooler last Saturday, which made me extremely happy that I would be able to sleep with the window open even though it was going down in the upper 30s/lower 40s. I slept Saturday night, Sunday night, Monday night, and Tuesday night with the window open. All the while, I had this throbbing headache and my forehead and the top of my head felt cold. Finally, Wednesday afternoon/evening, I had some relief from the headache (after taking sinus medicine every day that I had a headache). Then, Wednesday night I went to bed with the window open because I had not figured out yet that this was my problem. I woke up about an hour and a half later with the same terrible headache again and cold feeling forehead and scalp. I thought to myself "I wonder if that cold air is giving me a headache" so I closed the window. I am glad to say that I woke up this morning without a headache!!!!! So when I found this thread and information, I was elated that others knew my pain. I pray that if you suffer from this type of headache that you find relief but if you haven't tried it yet, CLOSE THE WINDOW AT NIGHT!!!! God bless you all!
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