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Headache: Useful Tips Everyone Should Know

Headache: Useful Tips Everyone Should Know

We all know what a headache is, but most people are unaware that there are various sorts of headaches. Before going on to the many forms of headaches, it is important to remind readers about what it means. 

What is a Headache?

The term "headache" refers to discomfort in the head or face, which can also encompass pain in the upper neck. The skin, bone, and structures in the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth are all pain-sensitive structures in the head and face.

Types of Headaches

There are many different forms of headaches, and they might be more difficult than most people think. Various types can have various symptoms, occur for different reasons, and require different treatments.

Once you and your doctor have determined the type of headache you have, you and your doctor can determine the best therapy and even try to prevent it.

Below are the common types of headaches:

1)    Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache among adults and teens. They produce mild to moderate discomfort and appear and disappear over time. They normally don't have any other signs or symptoms.

2) Migraine Symptoms

Migraine headaches are frequently described as throbbing, hammering agony. They can last anywhere from 4 hours to 3 days and occur one to four times a month on average.

Other symptoms include sensitivity to light, noise, or scents, nausea or vomiting, stomach or tummy ache, and a loss of appetite. A migraine can cause a child to become pale, disoriented, and have impaired vision, as well as a fever and an upset stomach. A tiny percentage of children's migraines have stomach symptoms such as vomiting once or twice a month.

3) Headaches That Recur Every Day

For more than three months, you've had this type of headache 15 times or more a month. Some of them are really brief. Others go on for over four hours.

4) Headaches in the Sinus

Sinus headaches are characterized by a deep and persistent discomfort in the cheekbones, forehead, or bridge of the nose. Sinusitis occurs when the cavities in your head, known as sinuses, become inflamed.

The pain is generally accompanied by other sinus symptoms such as a runny nose, ear fullness, fever, and a bloated face. Due to the fact that a real sinus headache is caused by a sinus infection, the junk that comes out of your nose will be yellow or green, as opposed to the clear discharge seen in cluster or migraine headaches.

5) Headaches Following a Trauma (post-traumatic headaches)

After a head injury, posttraumatic stress headaches commonly appear two to three days later. Headaches sometimes persist for several months. However, if it does not improve within a few weeks, see your doctor.

6) Exercise-Related Headaches

The muscles in your head, neck, and scalp require more blood when you're active. To supply them, your blood vessels swell. A pulsing ache on both sides of your head might persist anywhere from 5 minutes to 48 hours as a result of this condition.

It usually happens while you're doing something vigorous or shortly afterward, whether it's exercise or intercourse.

7) Hemicrania Continua

Hemicrania continua is a type of chronic headache that affects the same side of your face and head practically all of the time.

8) Headaches caused by hormones

Hormone levels fluctuate during periods, pregnancy, and menopause, which can cause headaches. Hormone changes such as those caused by birth control tablets and hormone replacement treatment can also cause headaches.

Menstrual migraines occur two days before your period or within the first three days after it begins.

9) New Daily Persistent Headaches (NDPH)

These can appear out of nowhere and last for three months or longer. Many folks recall the exact date when their suffering began.

Doctors are baffled as to why this form of headache develops. It can strike after an infection, flu-like illness, surgery, or a stressful event for certain people. The pain is usually mild, although it can be severe in some cases. It's also notoriously difficult to treat.

Symptoms might range from mild to severe. Some of them are similar to stress headaches. Others get migraine symptoms including nausea or light sensitivity.

10) Rebound Headaches 

Medication overuse headaches are another name for this condition. You're setting yourself up for additional pain if you take a prescription or over-the-counter pain reliever more than twice or three times a week, or more than 10 days per month. The agony returns as the pills wear off, and you must take more to stop it. This can result in a dull, continuous headache, which is frequently worse in the morning.




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