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Relieving Headaches

How often do you start your day with a horrible headache? Sometimes, when things are going perfectly well, and you’re expected to perform your best, you experience a sudden gush of pain in your head and the next thing you know, you’re suffering a headache. These are all too common day to day experiences of almost every person, be it men or women, young or old. Headaches are the most common health condition, almost everyone suffers from. Headaches occurring frequently are considered headache disorders. Headaches resulting from tension are the most common. Out of 20 adults, at least one suffers from a headache, every day.

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Different Types of Headaches

There are several kinds of headaches that people suffer from. Stress and tension-induced headaches are the most common. Other types of headaches include a migraine and sinus.

  • Tension-Type Headaches:
  • The daily or most frequent type of headaches is caused as a result of tension and stress. Almost everyone suffers from a tension-type headache caused by muscle contraction due to anxiety, tension, or stress. The pain ranges from minor to average and usually continues to occur for long periods of time. Tension-type headaches are a regular occurrence for people who undergo mental, emotional, physical, and environmental stress. People usually get rid of these kinds of headaches through self-medication such as ibuprofen and aspirin, or through caffeine consumption. Surveys show that at least one-third of men and over half of the women population in developed countries are affected by tension-type headaches. To get relief from tension-type headaches, calm yourself down and rest your head, neck, and back, in a room with dim or no lights and sound. It is also important that you reduce stress-causing factors from your life, and make some changes in your lifestyle along with the use of properly prescribed medicine.

  • Migraines:
  • Migraines are the most severe types of headaches, which are equally common among people of all ages. According to surveys, at least one in every seven adults suffers from migraines. It usually affects women more than men. People who suffer from migraines are unable to perform routine tasks and show symptoms of nausea when affected by a migraine. The real cause of a migraine is not yet certain. There are various reasons that can contribute in triggering migraines. The pain varies from person to person and can be either mild or severe. For some people, migraines can be a nuisance lasting for days, while for some it can be a four-hour headache in certain parts of the brain, head, or neck. Along with nausea, people who suffer from frequent migraines also experience light, odor, and noise sensitivity. Migraines also affect some children around the world with similar symptoms, such as dizziness, blurred vision, fever, paleness, stomach upset, and vomiting.

  • Sinus:
  • There are air-filled spaces in your cheekbones, forehead and the area behind the nasal bridge, known as sinuses. These sinuses drain mucus through the nose. Due to some allergic reactions, increased nasal discharge or an infection, swelling and congestion can occur, and then lead to inflammation in the sinuses. As a result of inflammation and swelling, pressure on the sinuses increase and cause pain in the head, cheekbones, and nose. People who suffer from headaches due to sinuses often complain about the ache getting worse with particular head movements.

When to See a Doctor?

Since almost every person suffers from a headache in their life, they are most likely to wait it out, or self-diagnose. However, sometimes headaches can serve as a warning for some serious conditions. Doctors recommend people to visit their nearest urgent care center if:

  • Headaches occur more than usual and are more painful
  • They don’t get better or get worse with usual medicine
  • They occur once, twice or more in a week causing constant pain and the inability to perform normal activities, such as sleeping, working, and eating

It is important that people with severe and frequent headaches see a doctor for proper treatment, rather than self-diagnosing or ignoring their headaches.