4 Types of Headaches Are Dangerous For Your Body! [Video]
Every once in a while we all get headaches. We usually take any type of medicine to get rid of the pain. Drinking lots of water and eating banana seems right. But the water and banana trick won’t work with certain types of headaches. There are hundreds of different types of headaches. Unfortunately every year millions of Americans are misdiagnosed when they seek medical help after experiencing headache symptoms. Scientists still don’t know what exactly can cause these types of headaches, so figuring out how to treat a certain kind can be really tricky.
dehydration or fatigue are usually reasons why we are experiencing headache. But it could also be a sign of a more serious illness. Dr. Sakib Qureshi MD, a neurologist, in the video below, explains the “red light warning signals” that may accompany certain headaches. It is also important to know how to differentiate between a temporary headache and something that may actually be more life-threatening.
Take the time to notice your symptoms before just popping a few pills when you feel the onset of a headache or a migraine. Make sure there isn’t something more serious going on. There are 4 main types of headaches. Each one can tell you a little something about your body. Knowing what type of headache you are experiencing can in fact allow you to treat it correctly.
The most common type of headache is a tension headache. It feels like a constant pressure or ache around your head, especially at the back of your head and neck. It may feel like a radiating pain above and below your eyes. A tension headache isn’t as severe as a migraine, so it won’t typically cause vomiting or nausea. The contraction of neck and scalp muscles may cause this type of headache, which can be a response to stress.
How to treat it: Ginger tea can help to reduce inflammation. Also, adding peppermint oil to your hairline can create a cooling sensation to actually relax the muscles in your neck and head. Combining these two natural remedies will help eliminating the pain of a tension headache.
Migraine – One of the Most Common Headaches
Migraines affect 38 million people in the United States. They are most common between the ages of 25 – 55, but no matter the age, everyone could experience one as well. A migraine is more than just a bad headache. It’s an extremely debilitating collection of neurological symptoms. It includes a severe recurring and intense throbbing pain on one side of the head (in about 1/3 of attacks, both sides are affected), accompanied with other symptoms that can include visual disturbances, vomiting, nausea, dizziness, extreme sensitivity to sound, touch, light and smell, and tingling or numbness in the face. This type of headache tends to radiate from the top of the face downward.
How to treat it: Vitamin B12 (riboflavin) can help those who suffer from migraines, as have magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids. Make sure you are getting enough of these in your everyday diet to help prevent migraine attacks. Aerobic exercise is as effective at preventing migraines as the preventative migraine medication topiramate, concluding that daily exercise may be used as a replacement for medication.
Cluster headaches usually occur over one eye, and they affect more men than women. A cluster headache is recurring, and it can occur in a group or a cycle. A cluster headache can appear suddenly and cause a debilitating and severe pain on one side of the head. When experiencing a cluster headache, you may also experience a watery eye and runny nose or nasal congestion. The cause is unknown, but this type of headache occurs when a nerve pathway in the base of a brain is activated.
How to treat it: The active ingredient in capsaicin cream is cayenne pepper. Apply a small amount of this cream to your nostril where you are experiencing pain. It can help to block nerve pain signals.
A sinus headache occurs when a sinus becomes inflamed, and it can lead to pain. Sinus headaches are caused by an infection, and they are usually accompanied by a fever, and pressure around the cheeks, eyes and forehead.
How to treat it: Drink lots of fluids in order to hydrate your body. Warm water can help open your sinuses and reduce inflammation. Vitamin C is rich in antioxidants and can help the body in fighting infections. Eat a few oranges or other foods rich in Vitamin C. You may also want to try a hot and cold compress, warm soup, and some fresh ginger, which contains pain killing and anti-inflammatory properties.