headache treatment

Headache Treatment

Headaches have varying and multiple causes. Often, a persistent headache indicates an underlying condition, requiring immediate pain management.

Headache - causes and symptoms

Common causes and types of headache

Tension: Headaches caused due to tension are the most common amongst teens and adults.
Migraine: Migraine headaches can last between 4 hours to 3 days and can occur one to 4 times a month.
Cluster headaches: These are the most severe headaches and can cause a burning sensation behind or around the eye area. It can be throbbing or constant.
Chronic headaches: Headaches that can last 15 days or more in a month. Some experience them for short intervals while others can last for more than 4 hours.
Sinus headaches: Sinus headaches cause deep and constant pain in your cheekbones, forehead, or on the bridge of your nose.
Posttraumatic stress headaches: This is a type of headache that usually starts after a head injury.
Spinal headaches: Speak to your doctor if you have a headache post a spinal tap, a spinal block, or an epidural.
Illness: Caused due to infections, cold, and fever
Genetics: Headaches, especially migraine headaches, tend to run in the bloodline.

Common headache symptoms

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Burning sensation behind or around the eye area
  • Deep and constant pain in your cheekbones and forehead
  • Tight sensation in the head
  • Dizziness and vertigo

When to consult a doctor for a headache?

  • Headaches that are accompanied by fever, stiff neck, or confusion
  • Having trouble speaking or if you notice a change in personality
  • Blurry or double vision
  • A new type of headache that has started for the first time
  • Pain that keeps you up at night