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The different types of headaches and how to treat them

The different types of headaches and how to treat them

Despite how healthy your lifestyle may be, it's not uncommon to have experienced a headache at least a few times in your life.

They can be unpredictable and target some people more than others. Headaches are usually pressure or pain that has a vast range of discomfort. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that over the last year, 47 per cent of people were affected globally with at least one reported case of a headache.

There are also different types of headaches, which occur with varying frequencies depending on stress levels, lifestyle habits (such as drinking) and even inherited genes.

Here, we look at four of the most common headaches which we may experience, and give possible solutions to alleviate them as quick as possible.

Tension headache

Out of the following four types, this is the most prevalent. It can easily be linked to stress, though that isn't always necessarily the case.

Natural therapies can include massages, breathing exercises or even acupuncture.

WebMD explains that the pain can range from mild to moderate and is sometimes accompanied by a dull throbbing. The pressure of the headache is usually spread out over an expanse of area, affecting the top, temples or back of your head.

According to the WHO, a tension headache can last from 30 minute to a week. If it occurs more than half the days of a month, it is considered chronic, and highly advised that you talk to a health professional for advice and medication.

If you'd prefer not to wait out the pain to diffuse, you can usually treat tension headaches with standard painkillers such as ibruprofen or paracetamol. Natural therapies can include massages, breathing exercises or even acupuncture.

Reducing your stress levels may help reduce the occurrence of headaches.Reducing your stress levels may help reduce the occurrence of headaches.

Migraine headache

It's important to distinguish that migraines and headaches are different. Migraines are usually a sensory disorientation, and can be accompanied by a headache but aren't always. The symptoms can be quite different, but here we'll take a look at the type of headache that happens in conjunction with a migraine.

The symptoms of a migraine can affect many of your bodily functions, not just your head. People that get migraines can have light sensitivity, decreased or lost vision, flashes of light, disorientation, dizziness and many other debilitating sensory symptoms.

Sometimes, unfortunately, a headache can trigger a migraine or vice versa. The causes of a migraine are yet to be discovered, but has been estimated that it is due to enlarged blood vessels in your brain, causing these weird sensations. It also has a close association with genetics, likelier to affect those with a family history of migraines. 

It may be helpful to remove yourself from a situation where certain factors, such as light, noise or smells, affect your senses.

Cluster headache

This type of headache has been labelled the most painful, and includes a sharp, piercing sensation in your head rather than a dull pressure.

The WHO explains that this is the least common form of headache, affecting around one in every thousand people, and is six times likelier to happen in men rather than women.

It is typically short-lasting, and can affect your eyes, causing redness or tearing. A blocked nose is also sometimes possible with this type of headache.

Going to see a medical professional for some oxygen therapy is the most effective treatment. You'll wear a mask that feeds O2 through to help soothe your symptoms.

Headaches can affect everyone of all ages - learn what your triggers are.Headaches can affect everyone of all ages - learn what your triggers are.

Other remedies

There are many other types of headaches, some brought on by hormonal changes or head injury. The most important thing is to keep track of your state of wellbeing and escalate the problem to a doctor if your symptoms worsen - nausea, fever, swelling or extreme disorientation.

Keeping up your level of physical weakness and sticking to a healthy meal plan may reduce your chances of headaches. Lifestyle habits such as drinking excessive amounts of alcohol or caffeine and smoking can cause an addiction, where a lack of it causes a withdrawal headache.

Listen to your body, look after your head and hopefully, if a headache should occur, one of these solutions may help.

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The different types of headaches and how to treat them

Did you know that there are many different types of headaches? Learn to distinguish from each one and what you can do that may help alleviate the symptoms.

Despite how healthy your lifestyle may be, it's not uncommon to have experienced a headache at least a few times in your life.

They can be unpredictable and target some people more than others. Headaches are usually pressure or pain that has a vast range of discomfort. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that over the last year, 47 per cent of people were affected globally with at least one reported case of a headache.

There are also different types of headaches, which occur with varying frequencies depending on stress levels, lifestyle habits (such as drinking) and even inherited genes.

Here, we look at four of the most common headaches which we may experience, and give possible solutions to alleviate them as quick as possible.

Tension headache

Out of the following four types, this is the most prevalent. It can easily be linked to stress, though that isn't always necessarily the case.

Natural therapies can include massages, breathing exercises or even acupuncture.

WebMD explains that the pain can range from mild to moderate and is sometimes accompanied by a dull throbbing. The pressure of the headache is usually spread out over an expanse of area, affecting the top, temples or back of your head.

According to the WHO, a tension headache can last from 30 minute to a week. If it occurs more than half the days of a month, it is considered chronic, and highly advised that you talk to a health professional for advice and medication.

If you'd prefer not to wait out the pain to diffuse, you can usually treat tension headaches with standard painkillers such as ibruprofen or paracetamol. Natural therapies can include massages, breathing exercises or even acupuncture.

Reducing your stress levels may help reduce the occurrence of headaches.Reducing your stress levels may help reduce the occurrence of headaches.

Migraine headache

It's important to distinguish that migraines and headaches are different. Migraines are usually a sensory disorientation, and can be accompanied by a headache but aren't always. The symptoms can be quite different, but here we'll take a look at the type of headache that happens in conjunction with a migraine.

The symptoms of a migraine can affect many of your bodily functions, not just your head. People that get migraines can have light sensitivity, decreased or lost vision, flashes of light, disorientation, dizziness and many other debilitating sensory symptoms.

Sometimes, unfortunately, a headache can trigger a migraine or vice versa. The causes of a migraine are yet to be discovered, but has been estimated that it is due to enlarged blood vessels in your brain, causing these weird sensations. It also has a close association with genetics, likelier to affect those with a family history of migraines. 

It may be helpful to remove yourself from a situation where certain factors, such as light, noise or smells, affect your senses.

Cluster headache

This type of headache has been labelled the most painful, and includes a sharp, piercing sensation in your head rather than a dull pressure.

The WHO explains that this is the least common form of headache, affecting around one in every thousand people, and is six times likelier to happen in men rather than women.

It is typically short-lasting, and can affect your eyes, causing redness or tearing. A blocked nose is also sometimes possible with this type of headache.

Going to see a medical professional for some oxygen therapy is the most effective treatment. You'll wear a mask that feeds O2 through to help soothe your symptoms.

Headaches can affect everyone of all ages - learn what your triggers are.Headaches can affect everyone of all ages - learn what your triggers are.

Other remedies

There are many other types of headaches, some brought on by hormonal changes or head injury. The most important thing is to keep track of your state of wellbeing and escalate the problem to a doctor if your symptoms worsen - nausea, fever, swelling or extreme disorientation.

Keeping up your level of physical weakness and sticking to a healthy meal plan may reduce your chances of headaches. Lifestyle habits such as drinking excessive amounts of alcohol or caffeine and smoking can cause an addiction, where a lack of it causes a withdrawal headache.

Listen to your body, look after your head and hopefully, if a headache should occur, one of these solutions may help.

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