The Different Kinds of Headaches
By Winchester Neurological Consultants
November 25, 2020
Category: Health Conditions
Winchester Neurological Consultants diagnose and treat various health conditions, including headaches. At their Winchester, VA, office, doctors and nurse practitioners form a team to answer questions and help you better informed.
Here are a few different kinds of headaches to know about
Tension headaches are triggered by stress, and come with a dull, aching sensation, tenderness or sensitivity around your neck, forehead, scalp, or shoulder muscles. You can relieve pain using over-the-counter pain relievers aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen.
Cluster headaches occur around or behind one eye or on one side of the face and are characterized by severe burning pain. People may also endure the following symptoms: swelling, redness, flushing, sweating, nasal congestion and eye tearing. Cluster headaches occur in a series, lasting 15 minutes to three hours for months at a time. Treatment may include oxygen therapy, or local anesthetic so consult your Winchester specialist.
Migraines are an intense throbbing one side of your head that may last for days. Migraines inhibit people's ability to carry out their daily routine. Migraine is throbbing and usually one-sided. Migraines make people sensitive to light and sound, and cause nausea and vomiting. Women are more likely to have migraines but other causes are attributed to nervous system conditions, post-traumatic stress disorder, sleep disruption, dehydration, skipped meals, hormone fluctuations, and exposure to chemicals.
Allergy or sinus headaches occur in your sinus area and in the front of your head. Take into consideration that migraine headaches are commonly misdiagnosed as sinus headaches, but people who suffer from chronic seasonal allergies usually suffer from allergy headaches. Treatment may include: nasal steroid sprays, over-the-counter decongestants, or antihistamines.
Exertion headaches don't last long (a few minutes or hours) and occur after periods of intense physical activity, like weight lifting, running, and sexual intercourse because of increased blood flow to your skull, which leads to a throbbing headache. Treatment options include analgesics, like ibuprofen.
Have any questions?
If you'd like to ask Winchester Neurological Consultants more questions about headaches at their Winchester, VA, office, call (540) 667-1828.