For some people, even those who are otherwise healthy, headaches are a normal part of everyday life. Approximately 45 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches, with 28 million of those being migraine sufferers. There are multiple types of headaches, and it’s important to understand the different kinds to better talk to a doctor about symptoms if headaches become a chronic problem.
Here are the four most common types of headaches:
• Sinus headaches – A sinus headache will generally be accompanied by allergy symptoms, such as a runny nose, fever, and pain and sensitivity in the front of the head and face. The easiest way to treat this type of headache is by relieving the allergy symptoms first.
• Cluster – This type of headache comes out of nowhere and can cause debilitating pain, generally on one side of the head. It lasts for an hour, on average, and will likely occur over and over again for days, weeks, or months.
• Migraines – An infamous type of headache that occurs when the blood vessels and arteries that surround the brain become inflamed. Migraines are accompanied by nausea, increased blood pressure, and a heightened sensitivity to light and sound.
• Tension – This is a common type of headache that seven out of 10 people will suffer from at least once in their lives. This headache causes a decentralized, dull pain and is accompanied by tight shoulders and sensitivity to light and sound.
Generally, having a headache isn’t an occasion to see a doctor, but it is worth scheduling a doctor’s visit to find better ways to manage the pain if the headaches become chronic, do not improve with the use of over-the-counter drugs, or cause interruption of working habits, sleeping behaviors, or other normal activities.
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