Nobody likes headaches and yet, it’s something unavoidable. We all fall victim to a headache every now and again: at times it goes away by itself and we can handle it on our own. There are other times where it seems to creep up and overwhelm us out of nowhere, blindsiding us and forcing us to consult a physician in search of relief.
A little bit of knowledge about headaches might help you in the long run. With that in mind, FeedFond has compiled a list of different types of headaches and the best way to counter them.
Note: We highly recommend you see a doctor or dial 911 in case of emergencies. Do not take random or unprescribed medication—it may do more harm than good.
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#1 Tension headache
This is probably one of the most common types of headache in the world. Everyone has experienced it at least once in their life.
Symptoms: Starts with a mild non-throbbing pain and the pressure feels like wearing a tight band around your head. In most cases, the intensity of this headache increases from morning to evening.
Causes: Severe stress, fatigue, poor posture and improper head positioning are the primary causes for tension headaches. Chronic tension headaches are rare and often associated with injuries related to the head and neck.
Treatment: An appropriate painkiller is more than enough to relieve this headache, but it should be used occasionally. An active lifestyle and massaging the neck and shoulders will also give you relief. If headaches are frequent and long-lasting, consult your doctor.
#2 Sinus headache
This type of a headache is often caused by sinus problems. Usually, it is accompanied by fever, facial swelling, and tension in the forehead and cheekbones.
Symptoms: A deep pressure and pain in the forehead area, under the eyebrows and under the eyes. Sharp movement will only increase the pain. In addition, you may feel fatigued and have a runny nose.
Causes: Sinus headaches are caused because of sinusitis. They are common after having a cold or seasonal allergy.
Treatment: Sinus headaches never go away on their own. If you have allergies, antihistamines may help. It’s best to see a doctor and they may prescribe you antibiotics and other related medicines.
Migraine attack progresses through 4 stages. This is one of the most severe headaches anyone can experience.
Causes: Did you know that one can inherit a genetic predisposition for developing migraines? It’s often caused by a disturbance in the metabolic process that results in dilated blood vessels in the brain.
Treatment: There is no treatment available for migraines, but there are ways to ease the symptoms. Consult your doctor to get medication. A good rule of thumb: regular exercise will significantly improve your health.
#4 Cluster headache
This is a rare type of a headache affecting less than 1% of the population. They are more common in men than women.
Symptoms: The sensation of a cluster headache is similar to a sharp stabbing and it occurs behind or around your eyes. It mostly happens during sleep and can last up to an hour. Additional symptoms include red eyes, tears, and sensitivity to light.
Causes: The exact reason for cluster headaches has not yet been discovered. However, it is most often linked to disruptions in the body’s biological clock.
Treatment: Treatment of cluster headaches can be tricky as the pain comes and goes without warning. A doctor can help you figure out the triggers and ease symptoms.
Causes: There are different versions of why people suffer from headaches after drinking alcohol. One theory suggests that alcohol causes the blood vessels to dilate, which in turn affects the serotonin levels in the body. Alcohol also causes water loss and dehydration, a major trigger for a migraine.
Treatment: The remedy for a hangover is fairly simple: drink plenty of water, take a painkiller and get a lot of good sleep. Learn to take hangovers seriously. If you get a hangover even after consuming small amounts of alcohol, you might be suffering from a mild form of a migraine.
Take care and stay safe friends!