Saturday, September 29, 2012

Getting Rid of a Headache

A headache just hit, you are in pain and want it gone quickly. Here are a few ways to help rid you of that headache. First, you will need to figure out what type of headache you have before you try finding a remedy.

There are five main types of headaches and each one will require something unique to treat a headache.
Tension headaches - This is the most common headache we get which is located on the forehead or the back of the head and neck.  This type of headache can be caused by emotion or physical stress.  Try keeping a diary of when you get headaches, this will help you figure out what your stressors may be such as lack of sleep, deadlines, new job, competition, depression, smoking, etc.  This type of headache can come for as little as half an hour up to a few days.

Ways to treat a tension headache are pain relievers (ibuprofen, aspirin, Advil, Motrin), sleep, a warm shower.  Learn ways to try to prevent them by learning to relax, doing mini massages on your neck, temples and shoulders to relieve any stress especially if you have been sitting at a desk for more than a few hours, sit up straight, and getting adequate sleep. If you are constantly getting headaches be careful on how much medication you use because your body can become immune to it and you will need to figure new ways to get rid of them faster.

Sinus headaches - Sinus headaches are often confused as migraines, they are focused in your sinus cavity which is in the cheekbones, bridge of your nose and forehead.  Sinus headaches are not just for those that have allergies, this is a myth it can happen to anyone. One way to figure out if you have a migraine or a sinus headache is the pressure will also be in the ears, face may feel swollen and sometimes accompanied with a runny or stuffed nose.  Straining will trigger it more. Drink plenty of fluids, use nasal sprays to unblock your nasal cavity, try a decongestant if you feel stuffed up. If these do not work seek your doctor who will be able to prescribe you something.

Cluster headaches - The most painful of the headaches. It is brought on suddenly and is focused on the side of your head around your eye, most people describe it as feeling stabbed in the eye. The pain may be focused  around the eye or the entire side of that face that is affected. These last for a few weeks to months. Avoid the consumption of alcohol and keep with the same sleeping routine you already had before the attacks.  Immediately seek help if pain is too much, got the headache after an accident, etc.
Rebound headaches - These are headaches that are caused by a frequent use of medication. One solution would be to lower the dosage.

Migraine headaches - This type of headache is throbbing pain and chances are feeling of nausea. The best way to deal with this is to see a doctor and see if he/she can prescribe medication for when one strikes. The doctor will try figure out what your triggers are such as food allergies, sinus, eating habits, stress, emotional, misalignment, fatigue, exercise, etc.  If misalignment is an issue you may be asked to seek a chiropractor to re-align your neck/back, etc. A few home remedies might be to go into a dark room helps, covering your eyes with a cool compress and getting away from the noise.

Susan Wright DMV is a vet, a dog expert and freelance writer. Susan shares articles on health conditions as they relate to dogs to help dog owners learn how to properly care for their pets.

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