There are different types of headaches, each one with its own characteristics, although there’s one thing they have in common – the pain. Science still hasn’t got an answer as to why there are various types of headaches or what causes them.
In general, doctors treat headaches with painkillers, but these drugs only treat the symptoms, not the root of the problem. Plus, they come with a variety of side-effects, which is why you should look for another way of treating your migraines and headaches.
The treatment of the problem depends on the cause. Sometimes, a headache is caused by blood pressure changes or environmental factors, but sometimes it can be a sign of a bigger health problem.
Although there are more than 10 different types of headaches, the following 4 are the most common ones:
Tensions headaches are the most common type of headache. They create pressure in the temples and the back of the head and neck, and can be pretty powerful, although they’re not as painful as migraines.
According to experts, tension headaches occur due to irregular contraction of head and neck muscles or high levels of stress. This type of headache can be relieved by drinking a cup of ginger tea which can relieve stress. Rubbing mint oil on your neck can also help by numbing the pain.
Migraines are the worst – they can be quite painful, and are often accompanied by symptoms such as dizziness or nausea. Almost 40 million people are suffering from migraines in the USA, and the main symptoms are pain on one side of the head, visual problems, dizziness, numbness and sensitivity to light, smell and sound.
According to a few studies, migraines can be treated by taking magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B12 supplements. Some experts claim that aerobic exercises can also make migraines stop.
Cluster headaches are more common in men than women and occur suddenly and without warning. They are quite painful and manifest through pain on one side of the face. Nasal congestion and runny nose have often been reported as symptoms of this type of headache.
If you’re experiencing cluster headaches often, you can put a bit of capsaicin oil in the nostril on the side of your head you’re experiencing pain, which will immediately stop the pain signals.
As the name suggests, sinus headaches are caused by sinus problems, usually blocked sinuses. They can cause pressure in the forehead, cheeks and the area between the eyes.
To relieve sinus headaches, you should drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and consume warm lemon water as well. Green tea and citrus fruits have also been known to help due to the high content of vitamin C.
Here’s a video which details the red light signals the body sends before headaches: