Types of Headaches and How to Relieve Them

Having headaches is one of the worst feelings while trying to go on with your daily life. The easiest way to make them go away is with ibuprofen, but sometimes this doesn’t work due to the type of headache it is. Here are the most common primary and secondary headache types and ways to fix them!


A migraine is a throbbing and intense type of headache. They can lasts for hours or even days, and usually get in the way of carrying out your daily routine. Light and sounds may make the headache worse and people that get them are often sensitive to these. Migraines usually run in the family and can be triggered by dehydration, skipping meals and an irregular sleep schedule. Medication that can reduce the pain include pills and even nasal sprays. Some useful medication is Advil, Tylenol, Motrin and Naxopren.

Tension Headaches 

A tension headache can be identified as an aching sensation all over your head. This headaches can be caused by stress, and can cause sensitivity around the neck, shoulders or forehead.  A tension headache can become chronic, and a trip to the doctor will be needed. Aspirin and Ibuprofen can help, but drinking caffeine can also relieve your headache. A light massage with your fingers may also help.

Cluster Headaches 

Cluster Headaches are intense pain in one specific part of the head, it can also be a sharp pain behind one of the eyes. This type of headache can cause nasal congestion, swelling and even sweating depending on where the headache is situated. They can lasts for days and even resurge a couple of days a month. They happen in series, one can last 15 minutes and another one can happen later on the same day and last 3 hours. This headaches need to be treated by a doctor and can be relieved with oxygen therapy, Melatonin or Topiramate. 

Hormone Headaches 

This type of headaches are very common in women. They can be caused by your period, birth control pills and pregnancy. They can be described as a pain all over the head. They can be relieved with Naxopren and Frovatripan. Techniques like yoga and even changing your daily diet can help prevent this headache.

Post-Traumatic Headaches

This occurs when your head hurts after hitting it with something or after suffering from a concussion. They can last up to 12 months and feel like a tension on your head. They’re often described like a migraine and can become chronic. Medication like Sumatriptan and Amitriptyline can help and should control the pain of these headaches. 

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