Treatment Of Headache

Get to Know The Common Headache Types- 6

Ask anyone if he or she has ever suffered from a headache and you are likely to hear a yes. Headache is not a problem that is restricted to a select few. This problem can affect anyone and everyone. However, not all people suffer from the same type of headache. Let us take a look at some of the common headache types that could affect you as well.

Hunger headaches
Not having your meals on time or skipping you meals can have several consequences including a headache. This type of headache can easily be avoided by following healthy eating habits.
 
Causes/triggers
It can be caused due to skipping meals. People who follow rigorous diet plans may also suffer from hunger headaches. Missing your meals dilates the blood vessels and causes a headache. It can also be caused due to muscle tension or low sugar levels.

Symptoms
* Hunger headaches usually strikes before meal time.

Treatment
The best treatment for hunger headache is to eat a healthy and well balanced diet. Eat nourishing meals that contains adequate proteins and complex carbohydrates.

Prevention
Avoid skipping meals. Eat healthy food and make sure that you eat on time.

Cluster headaches
This headache type gets its name from the pattern in which the pain erupts. In cluster headache, the pain usually erupts in the form of clusters in the head.

Causes/triggers
Excessive consumption of alcohol and smoking are the two most important factors that can trigger a cluster headache.

Symptoms
* Extreme pain around the eye
* A feeling of tearing of the eye
* Nose congestion
* Flushing of face
* Cluster headaches usually erupts while sleeping
* May last for several hours

Treatment
To treat cluster headaches you can use oxygen, ergotamine, sumatriptan or intranasal application of local anesthetic agent.

Prevention
Steroids, calcium blockers and lithium can be used prevent cluster headaches.

Sinus headaches
Sinus headaches are caused due to the blocking of sinuses and are accompanied by inflammation of sinuses. They are characterized by a dull, deep and throbbing pain in the front of your head and face.

Causes/triggers
A sinus headache is primarily caused due to the blocking of sinus. Infection, anatomical deformities, nasal polyps, and a deviated septum are some factors that can cause the blocking of sinus.

Symptoms
* Pain in the head and nasal area
* The severity of pain keeps on increasing through out the day
* May be accompanied with fever

Treatment

Ideally antibiotics are used to treat sinus headaches. Decongestants may also be used to clear the sinus blockage. In extreme cases, sinus drainage may be necessary.

Prevention
There is nothing that you can do to prevent sinus headaches.

So, the next time you are attacked with a headache, make sure you figure out the headache type you are suffering from.