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Know the types of headache

by Nyucel Wellness on September 06, 2021

Headache—It is a very common condition, is defined as the painful sensation and discomfort caused in any part of the head, scalp, eye orbit or neck ranging from sharp to dull, that may happen with/ without other symptoms. Approximately, 7 in 10 people are suffering from headaches at least once each year.

Severe headaches may cause difficulty concentrating on studies or perform daily activities. Luckily, most of the headaches can be managed with medication and lifestyle changes. Before we get on how to get relief when having a headache, it’s important to know ‘what kind of headache do you have?

Types of headaches

Headache can be more complicated than you think. Different types of headaches can have their own symptoms, reasons and need different treatments. The common headaches include:

Tension headaches

It is the most common type of headache that occurs mostly in women over age 20. It can be mild, moderate, or severe pain behind your eye sockets, neck, and your head. It feels like a tight band around the head because of the tightening of the muscles.

Stress is the main contributing factor to this headache. It usually stays for several minutes, but sometimes it may extend to several days. They may tend to be recurrent.

Sinus headaches

Sinus headaches happen when sinuses—cavities inside your head—get inflamed by infection or allergies. As a result, you may feel pressure through the front of the face, teeth, and ears.

Its most common symptoms are nasal congestion, running nose, facial pressure, swollen face, fever, and nausea. OTC pain relievers may help with this condition.

You can also address these symptoms and the prescribed medication by using nasal drops, drinking plenty of luck warm water, and taking a hot shower.


Migraine headaches are often described as throbbing, pounding pain, usually occurs on one side of the head. Many migraines exist, lasting from 4 hours to 3 days, usually three to four times a month. Chronic migraines may occur for fifteen days or more.

Along with the pain, people may experience sensitivity to light, noise, or smells, nausea or vomiting, visual disturbances, and many more. When a child suffers from migraine, they may have blurry vision, fever, feel dizzy, upset stomach or vomiting, and even look pale.

Cluster headaches

Cluster headaches are the most painful types of headache, which occurs in cyclical/ cluster patterns. When it occurs, it mostly awakens you in the middle of the night with excruciating, burning pain in or around one eye on one side of the head.

It can last from weeks to months, followed by remission periods (no headaches occurs during this period and can last for a month to a year). They usually cause tears in the eyes and produce nasal congestion. Fortunately, this is a rare and not life-threatening headache that generally affects men age 20 to 40.

Rebound headaches

Rebound headaches, also called medication overuse headaches, occur when people regularly take pain relievers to treat headaches. For example, if you take a prescribed or over-the-counter pain reliever more than three times a week or more than ten times a month, you are setting yourself up for rebound headaches.

Thunderclap headaches

Thunderclap headaches are the most severe headaches which occur suddenly and unexpectedly, comes out of nowhere, and peak quickly. As it happens without any warning, it may signal an underlying problem such as blood vessel tear, rupture, or blockage and may require immediate medical attention.

Headache symptoms

Let’s understand the symptoms by types:

Tension headaches

  • neck stiffness
  • pain that is dull and aching
  • scalp tenderness
  • shoulder stiffness
  • tightness or pressure across the forehead that may extend to the back or side of the head

Sinus headaches

  • Pressure through the front of the face, teeth and ears
  • Nasal congestion
  • Running nose
  • Swollen face
  • Fever
  • Nausea

Migraine Headaches

  • A pulsating feeling in the head
  • Nausea
  • Pain on one side of the head
  • Sensitivity to sound, smell and light
  • Severe, throbbing pain
  • Vomiting
  • Visual disturbances
  • Loss of appetite, upset stomach or belly pain
  • Blurry vision, fever, feel dizzy (children)

Cluster headaches

  • This intense pain happens in, behind, or around one eye but may radiate to other areas of your face, head, and neck
  • One-sided pain
  • Restlessness
  • Excessive tearing

Rebound headaches

  • Irritation
  • Nausea
  • Restlessness
  • Trouble remembering important details

Thunderclap headaches

  • Severe headache pain starts from nowhere
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Fainting
  • Feeling as if it’s the worst possible headache you’ve ever had

Causes of headaches

Headache is generated from the signals interacting among your brain, blood vessels, and all the surrounding nerves. An unknown mechanism is activated during the headache that affects muscles, blood vessels, and nerves. It also can cause due to the unstable nerve cells overreact to various factors. These surrounded nerves send pain signals to the brain. They may or may not cause due to underlying diseases. Some common causes:
  • Illness
  • Emotional stress and depression
  • Environment such as pollution, smoke, alcohol, noise, lightening, whether, etc
  • Poor posture, skipping meals, changes in sleep patterns, and taking too much medication
  • Poor lifestyle and poor posture
  • Genetics

How to treat headaches

Treatment of headaches may vary according to the cause. For example, if the headache occurs because of some illness, it will go away after the treatment. However, most headaches don't have any underlying illness, and you can treat them with over-the-counter medications or topical pain relief products.

As we know, having pain reliever tabs may give rise to other problems such as rebound headaches and an upset stomach. Therefore, we would recommend you minimize the intake of oral medicines as much as you can.

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How to prevent headaches

Preventive treatment is used when you are having headaches three or more three times a month. If you've tried OTC medications yet the headache always comes back, we recommend you consult your doctor right away.