Headache is the most common form of pain. It’s one of the main reason people miss days at work or school or visit the doctor.
In fact, the National Headache Foundation estimates that 28 million Americans suffer from migraines alone.
Because headaches have so many different causes, from the cold to premenstrual syndrome, it can be difficult for sufferers to understand what kind of headache they are experiencing and how to manage their condition.
Types of headache
The most common headaches are caused by either vascular problems (high blood pressure, toxic overload, etc.), muscle contractions (tension, stress, etc) and inflammation (infection).
1. Tension headache
This is the most common headache type, which is manifested by a constant pain or pressure around the head, particularly in the back of the head and the neck, or at the temples. Moreover, it may also cause a radiating pain below or above the eye area. It may often lead to vomiting or nausea. It is believed to be a result of a stress, which leads to the contraction of the muscles of the scalp and neck.
Treatment: Combine ginger tea and peppermint oil in order to successfully reduce the pain. Add peppermint oil to the hairline in order to cause a cooling sensation in order to relax the head and neck muscles. Also, ginger tea will alleviate the inflammation.
2. Cluster headache
Women are more prone to cluster headaches, which are felt over one eye, and occur in a cycle or in a group. The pain they cause is sudden and intense, often accompanied by a nasal congestion, a watery eye or a rainy nose. The cause is still not specified, but a cluster headache is an activated nerve pathway in the base of the brain.
Treatment: Put a small quantity of capsaicin cream topically in the nostril on the side where you feel pain. This will stop the nerve pain signals.
3. Sinus headache
Sinus headache is a result of an infection and it usually occurs together with a fever and strong pressure around the forehead, cheeks, and eyes.
Treatment: The most important thing is to increase the intake of fluids in order to prevent dehydration. Lukewarm water can make the sinuses more opened and ease inflammation. You should also consume more vitamin C due to its antioxidants that will help the body to fight off infections. Drink lemon green tea and eat citrus fruits in order to increase the levels of vitamin C in the body. In addition, you can also use cold and hot compress and fresh ginger.
Migraines affect people of all ages, but the most prone include the ones between the age of 25 and 55.
A migraine is a complicated headache type, manifested by intense, severe, throbbing pain on only one side of the head, as well as nausea, numbness and tingling in the face, dizziness, vomiting, visual disturbances, extreme sensitivity to light, smell, touch, and sound. These symptoms radiate from the top of the head descending.
Treatment: You should optimize your levels of magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin B12 (riboflavin), and try aerobic exercise, as scientists have found that it can provide better effects in preventing migraine attacks than the preventative migraine medication topiramate.