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Headaches

Headaches are among the most common health complaints and can sometimes indicate a health problem, but that's only in rare cases.

Types of Headaches:

There are many types of headaches but there are three common types:

  • Tension headache:
    • Affects both genders
    • Gradually leads to pain, strain or pressure in the neck, forehead or scalp.
  • Migraine:
    • Causes moderate or severe pain, often in the form of a pulse.
    • It affects three times as many females as males.
    • It may begin in adolescence and sometimes after the age of forty.
    • It may be preceded by a change in vision or painful tingling on one side of the face or body.
    • Often associated with nausea and sensitivity to light and noise.
  • Cluster headache:
    • It causes constant and irritating pain in and around one eye and occurs sequentially at the same time from day or night.
    • It causes redness of the eyes and colds on one side of the face.
    • This headache sometimes occurs regularly and is associated with light or seasonal changes.
    • Men, especially smokers, are often affected.
    • It usually lasts between 15 minutes to 3 hours.

Treatment:

Often painkillers are used as they provide effective results. If the pain did not stop for more than two days, the patient must consult a doctor for tests, as this headache may be a symptom of a particular disease, especially if the headache was accompanied by:

  • Fever.
  • Stiffness in the neck.
  • Convulsion
  • Difficulty breathing.

Headache triggers:

To avoid headaches, you should stay away from certain triggers, which differ among people:

  • Smoking.
  • Hypertension.
  • Stress and fatigue.
  • Change in sleep patterns and meal times.
  • Hormonal changes in women during the menstrual cycle or after menopause.
  • Strong lighting.
  • Some concentrated scents.
  • Closed, poorly ventilated places.
  • Noise.

Note: Some medications may cause headaches as a side effect, such as: Contraceptive pills.

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Last Update : 12 September 2019 04:22 PM
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