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5 Kinds of Headaches

Did you know there are 5 types of headaches? Knowing what type is causing you pain or discomfort can help you treat it correctly. Let’s put a name to your pain. Here are the different kinds of headaches, starting off with tension headaches.

Tension headaches are the most common of the 5 types. It is characterized as having a constant pressure in the temples or at the back area of the head. Compared to migraines, it is of a minor variety; it doesn’t cause vomiting or nausea. While its severity is not enough to stop you from doing your day-to-day activities, the constant ache caused by tension headaches can be bothersome.

Experts believe tension headaches are caused by the contraction of the muscles of the neck and scalp, resulting in the abrupt changes in brain chemical levels. This type of headache is easily remedied with over-the-counter treatments. Taking aspirin and ibuprofen will do the trick.

The second type are cluster headaches. Known to affect men more than women, cluster headaches are characterized by severe pain on one side of the head. The debilitating pain often goes together with nasal congestion and watery eyes. Its cause is unknown. While there is definite cure for cluster headaches, taking the same over-the-counter medications can reduce the severity and duration of the pain.

Sinus headaches result from the inflammation of the sinus. In many cases, the pain is accompanied with a fever. Since this type of headache is due to infection, it is usually treatable with antibiotics, decongestants, and antihistamines.

Overusing headache painkillers can lead to rebound headaches; this is the fourth type of headache. Taking aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen can treat headaches. But as they say, too much of something is bad enough, so do these painkillers.

Taking excessive painkillers can cause a shift in brain state, which triggers headaches. Experts also believe that the headaches are a withdrawal symptom as the level of medication in the bloodstream drops.

The fifth type are migraine headaches. Migraines usually last between 4 and 72 hours. It is characterized with throbbing pain on one side of the head, ranging from moderate discomfort to severe pain; the severity of the pain can halt a person in his or her daily activities. Migraine can also be accompanied with vomiting or nausea.

Are you wondering what’s causing your headaches? See if your daily routine, diet, weight, or other traits are to blame.


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