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Headache Treatment

What is a Headache?

The condition where there is a repeated pain in the head is termed as a headache. This intensely common condition may also appear in the upper neck area of the body. A headache can either be in the integrated head or can also occur in definitive parts of the head like temples or eyes. A headache can be dull or pointed and may also have symptoms of nausea or light awareness. Problem of headache has multiple causes and have many severities. The migraine headache is the most severe type of headache.

Types of Headache

Migraine Headaches: Migraine is the most serious and natural type of headache. Migraine commonly appears in one side of the head. This type of headache sometimes lasts for 2-72 hours and is usually combine with vomiting, nausea and awareness to sound or light. This is normally a type of throbbing pain. Migraine with Aura or Classic Migraine is the condition when a headache shows a warning symptom. Acephalgic Migraine, Ocular Migraine, Hemiplegic Migraine, Opthalmic Migraine and Basilar Migraine are the less universal types of migraine. A tolerant can also have more than one type of headache known as migraine plus tension-type.

Sinus Headache: This type of headache is majorly caused by infection due to building up of excess fluid. Sinus headache involves ethmoid, frontal and maxillary sinuses.

Tension Headache: Typically attribute to as hat-band headaches, tension headache is treated as the second most common type of headache. These headaches commonly explanation pain in the forehead, temples and at the back of the head. This headache can last from 2 hours to several days and can appear along with a migraine. Tension headache can be consider with the help of pleasure therapy, muscle relaxants or anti-inflammatories and physical therapy. Tension headache is very painful just like a migraine headache.

Compound Headache: This type associate migraine headache and muscle contraction.

Cluster Headache: This type lasts for a short continuation from twenty minutes to 2 hours as compared to migraine. It frequently appears in only one side of the head and includes symptoms of tearing, a droopy lid, an continued pupil and a stuffy nose. Cluster headache can appear many times in a day and can also be there for weeks. It can then disappear after several weeks.

“Atypical” Headaches: These types of headaches can be treated by definitive methods and also require decisive diagnosis.

Hypnic Headache: This type is commonly seen in people in between the age group of 40-80. A different thing about this headache is that it appears at the same time at night and lasts for about 15-60 minutes and affects the entire head. There are no symptoms of tearing, runny nose or collection features. Specialized treatments and medications are there for treating hypnic headaches.

Trigeminal neuralgia or “Tic Doloreaux”: In this serious type of headache, there is an irritability of the 5th cranial nerve that comes and leaves abruptly. It has been seen that people adversity from this severe headache commits suicide as the pain is unusually serious and appear suddenly.

Causes of Headaches

Diet and food sensitivities

Hormonal influences

Eye problems

Stress and muscular tension

Jaw problems

Ear, nose and throat disorders

Rebound headache and medications

Infection, hemorrhage and nerve damage in the nervous system

Other causes include –

Extreme temperatures of heat and cold

Temporal arteritis


Poor posture



Symptoms of Different Type of Headaches

Symptoms of Cluster Headache include –

Runny nose or nasal congestion

A cluster cycle that last for more than six weeks

A stabbing sensation on one side of the head

Severe pain in and around temple or one eye

Can occur many times a day throughout a cluster cycle

Attacks lasting from fifteen minutes to three hours.

Symptoms of Migraine with Aura Headache include –

It may range from mild to excruciating

Involves pulsating or throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head

Aura starts 5-30 minutes before the headache pain

The pain lasts for 4-72 hours

May be accompanied by sensitivity to light, nausea and vomiting.

Symptoms of Hormone Related Migraine Headache include –

Decrease in headache after menopause

Vomiting or nausea

Use of estrogen-replacement therapy or use of oral contraceptives that can provoke headaches

Pain in one or both sides of the head

Headaches worsen after or before menstrual period

Symptoms of Rebound Headache include –

Symptoms worsen over time

Mild to moderate pain in front and back of the head

Continuous or daily use of pain medication

Symptoms of Tension-type Headache include –

Pain in both sides of the head

Stress related pain

Pain may involve only nausea and not vomiting

Pressure like a tight band around the neck and head

Treatment Options for Headaches

There are several analyses applicable that can decline the pain and injury due to headaches and migraine. The treatment depends upon the prevalence and type of headache. Different treatment plan includes preventive medications, physical therapy, acute headache medications, prevention of headache triggers and bio-behavioral treatments like pleasure therapy and biofeedback. In case of acute problems, symptomatic medicines can be given. Several preventive medicines are also given for decreasing severity and prevalence of headache symptoms.

Benefits of Headache Treatment

Treatments for headache help in disqualify pain and also relax the mind of a patient. Several medications are also given for reducing the irritation in the head. Different treatment plans are also administrate to patients that adequately diminish the problem of headaches.

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