Headaches are perhaps the most commonly experienced form of pain by human beings, and the reasons for this can range from the perfectly innocuous to the grimly worrying ones.
While most headaches are nothing to worry about, the headaches treatment can also range from the popping of a simple pain reliever to more sustained or complex solutions.
Types of headaches
To determine the kind of headaches treatment that is required, it is important to determine what kind of headache a person is suffering from:
1.Primary headaches can be tension headaches, migraine headaches or cluster headaches.
Primary headaches are very rarely, if ever, life threatening and the headaches treatment for each will depend upon the extent to which a person is suffering or having their quality of life impacted by them.
2.Secondary headaches are those that are caused by another underling cause that can range from a tumor, to bleeding in the brain, to very serious infections such as encephalitis or meningitis.
Different types of headache treatments
The most common headache treatment is pain medication that includes Aspirin, Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, and others) or Acetaminophen (Tylenol, and so on) which is effective in the case of tension headaches.
For throbbing and severe headaches such as migraine, prescription medications may be required if over-the-counter medications are inadequate.
In addition, migraine patients also may find relief in taking rest in a quiet, dark room or by the application of hot and cold compresses to head and neck. Small amounts of caffeine and massage are also thought to help overcome a migraine headache.
Clinicians recommend that though headaches are a common occurrence, headaches treatmentother than the regular over-the-counter pain relievers and so on should be explored in the following cases:
- If it is seen that a person over 50 years of age experiences a new onset of headaches (for the first time or of a different kind from before) then further investigations should be carried out.
- If a person experiences sudden onset of headaches then this could be a cause for concern. This may be a particular concern for those who have compromised immunity due to diseases such as AIDS or cancer.
- If a person experiences the kind of headache that is mild to begin with, but which gets progressively worse and which may then last for days or even for weeks.
- If a headache is accompanied by symptoms other than just pain, such as nausea, fever or vomiting that seems to have no visible cause such as an illness or infection should be investigated.
- Neck stiffness can also be a warning sign of a deeper underlying problem.
- If a person displays symptoms such as altered consciousness or cognition, having difficulty in speech, reading, thinking and so on, along with their headache, then this requires medical attention and appropriate headaches treatment and solutions for the underlying problem as well.