Headaches, especially migraine and tension, can be debilitating for anybody, especially teenagers. In the past, I struggled with migraine and sinus headaches for over a year and tried numerous treatments. I finally discovered that taking an allergy pill every morning was what would help. Now I get far fewer headaches than before! There are many causes of headaches! Did you know that citrus fruits can cause headaches? They can, and so can cheese and chocolate!
Headaches can be a frustrating thing to deal with, whether frequent or just one time. This article will detail the causes, types, and treatment of headaches.
Causes of Headaches
Headaches can have many causes, like environmental factors, stress, and certain foods and drinks.
There are many environmental causes of headaches, such as smells and toxins. These can include:
- Second-hand smoke
- Strong odors from cleaners or perfumes
A way to find out if foods cause your headache(s) is to make a daily headache log. You can use it to track the foods and drinks you consume and connect the days you have headaches with the days you eat certain foods.
There are many other headache causes besides your environment and diet. These can include:
- Lack of sleep the previous night
- Skipping or eating a meal at a different time than usual
- Family history
- Overuse of pain medication
- Sinus congestion
What Are The Different Types of Headaches?
There are many different types of headaches. These include tension, migraine, and cluster. Many more types of headaches and headache-like conditions exist, but I will only cover these three.
Tension headaches, also known as stress headaches, come with mild to moderate pain and usually feel like a tight band around the head. They happen when the muscles in your face and neck tense or contract. Tension headaches are slightly more common in women and tend to run in families.
Cluster headaches are headaches that occur in clusters or patterns. The pain tends to be severe on one side of the head, usually around the eye.
A migraine is a severe headache, usually on one side of the head at a time. They often come with nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. The pain of a migraine usually feels throbbing or pulsing. Migraines sometimes also cause muscle pain in the neck and face, dizziness, lightheadedness, distorted vision, and malaise.
Treatment for Headaches
Treatment for headaches can be just as complex as the symptoms! I will discuss treatment options for the three types of headaches mentioned in the previous section.
General treatment for headaches includes:
- NSAIDS like ibuprofen
- Ice packs
- Physical exercise
- Stress management
- Dealing with the source of your stress, psychological or muscle. An example of muscle stress is wearing a hat.
Headaches can be difficult and painful to endure for everybody, whether you get them daily or monthly. I hope the information I have written in this article helps you deal with any possible headaches.