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4 Dangerous Types of Headaches You NEED to Watch out For!

Headaches are a normal thing we all experience sometimes. They’re certainly not a reason for concern if they happen occasionally, but if they grow into something chronic then it’s probably not just a simple headache that will go away on its own. Maybe you didn’t know but there are a bunch of different headache types, each with its own symptoms and a different method of treatment.  The tricky part about these different headaches is that their symptoms can sometimes be vague and not every doctor interprets them correctly. Moreover, there is still not enough information about what exactly causes which headache so treating it can be rather challenging.

We all know that dehydration or excessive tiredness and stress can bring about a devastating headache in a matter of minutes, but sometimes a headache can be caused by something more serious than just stress. If you want to know when to buzz the red alarm listen to neurologist Dr. Sakib Qureshi MD, in the video below, explaining which symptoms are attributed to the everyday, temporary headache and which can pose a serious health concern.

The easiest thing to do when faced with a headache is to reach out for the pills. This may dull the pain but don’t know if there’s something more serious going on in your body. It’s better to read the signs and symptoms carefully, listen to your body and see what it has to tell you. Today we’ll reveal a bit more about the main 4 types of headaches that are most commonly experienced around the globe, how to read the warning signs and how to treat it correctly. Each of these headaches can tell you a bit more about what’s going on in your body so make sure you pay attention.

  1. Tension Headache

This type of headache is the most common one of all, experienced by many people. If you feel like there’s a constant pain around your head, most severely felt around the temples and the back of your neck you probably have a tension headache. It almost feels like a kind of pressure, radiating pain right above your eyes and it can be excruciating. According to doctors, this headache is most commonly caused by scalp and neck muscles contraction and is how your body responds to stress.

Treatment: The best way to treat this headache is to consume ginger tea, which will reduce the inflammation and rub some peppermint essential oil along the hairline, which will relax your muscles and create a relaxing, cooling sensation. This should ease the pain from a tension headache.

  1. Migraine

Here’s another fairly common headache that affects around 38 million people in the US alone. The highest risk group are person between the ages of 25 and 55, but even younger and older people can be affected. The most common delusion about migraines is that they’re just a really bad headache. Everyone who’s experienced one knows it’s much more than that. It’s an excruciatingly painful collection of neurological symptoms. Migraines manifest with a throbbing pain, intense and recurring, on one side of your head, with symptoms like dizziness, vomiting, nausea, sensitivity to smell, light and sound and a tingling or numbing sensation in the face accompanying it. Migraines usually radiate from the top of the face downward.

Treatment: Migraine sufferers have said that vitamin B12 shows good results in easing the pain from this type of headache, as well as omega 3 fatty acids and magnesium. Include these nutrients in your diet if you want to avoid further migraine attacks.

  1. Cluster Headache

This type of headache is most commonly felt by men than women and it’s mostly experienced as a severe pain over one eye. It’s a recurring headache that repeats in a cycle, it can happen suddenly and hit you hard, causing an almost debilitating pain on one side of your head. It may be accompanied by symptoms like watery eyes and runny nose. It’s not still exactly known what causes it, but scientists believe that it’s triggered by an activated nerve pathway in the brain.

Treatment: You can use a cream with capsaicin as the active ingredient to soothe the pain from a cluster headache. Just apply a small amount on your nostril where you are experiencing pain, it will block the nerve pain signals.

  1. Sinus Headache

As the name suggest, sinus headaches happen when a sinus is inflamed and it most commonly leads to painful sensation around the cheeks, eyes and forehead. These headaches are caused by an inflammation and can be accompanied by a fever.

Treatment: Hydrate your body by drinking lots of water. Eat vitamin C rich food, drink warm lemon green tea, consume warm soup with a sprinkle of ginger and your headache should subside as the inflammation reduces.

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