When you have a headache, it can really dampen your entire day. Sometimes, you get lucky and the headache disappears really quickly. Other times the headache slowly comes on and the intensity continues to increase. It can help for you to know what kind of headache you are having and what kind of treatment will work best to get rid of your headache and even stop it from recurring.
Let’s look at the different types of headaches and the type of treatments that work the best for each type.
There are not generally severe symptoms like nausea and vomiting and most tension headaches can be treated using an over the counter medication such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuproven (Advil, Motrin), aspirin and naproxen.
#2 Migraine Headaches
Under certain circumstances there can be genetic testing done for migraine headaches. The testing is done using a specified criteria. The cause of migraines is still not know, but many experts think that they are triggered by ‘things’ that cause brain activity to become abnormal, which then leads to a change in brain’s blood vessels. The end result is you land up with a migraine that can range from mild pain to severe pain. A migraine can last a couple of hours or many days ans they often occur many times during a month.
Migraine symptoms include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, upset stomach, sensitivity to noise, blurred/distorted vision, and dizziness. You might get one or many of these symptoms.
To date, there is no cure for a migraine. However, there has been some improvement in the medications that are used to treat or prevent migraines. For mild cases over the counter medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuproven (Advil, Motrin), aspirin and naproxen work. Many of these medications have a formula that is for migraines.
There are also medications that your doctor can prescribe that are designed specifically to treat severe migrains. Ergots and Triptans are two such medications. There are also preventative prescription medications that you can take. Trying to figure out what your trigger(s) is and then avoiding it can be the best way to avoid getting a migraine.
#3 Sinus Headaches
Sinus headaches happen when you have a cold or you develop a sinus infection, causing your sinuses to become inflamed. This causes pain in you forehead, cheakbones and nose area. Usually antibiotics are prescribed for a sinus infection, but more recently doctors have also been promoting a more natural sinus treatment using the neti pot and a sinus cleanse. Once the actual sinus symptoms are treated, the headache should go away. NSAIDs work well for the headache pain and can usually be taken with the antibiotic although you should ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking anything.
#4 Cluster Headaches
Cluster headaches are more common in men than women. The pain can be so severe it is debilitating. These headaches occur on one side of your head and behind one eye. Other symptoms include watery eyes and nasal congestion.
Cluster headaches are uncomfortable and can actually be more severe than a migraine headache. They can come on many times throughout the day and they can recur over a number of days in a cluster. There are different ways to treat a cluster head including prescription drugs like Triptan, injecting Octreotide, giving oxygen or a local anesthetic using a nasal spray to deliver the medicine .There are other treatments that are sometimes used too. In rare cases, your doctor might decide that surgery on the nerve pathway that affects your cluster headache might be a good option.