Five Types of Headaches

Five Types of Headaches and How to Get Rid of Them

Sinus Headaches

This type of headache is originated from your sinusitis. It is often followed with fever, tension in the forehead and cheekbones, and facial swelling.

Type of headaches (Sinus headaches)
Sinus affected areas

Symptoms: You’ll feel deep pain and pressure just below your eyebrows and under your eyes areas in your forehead. Also, the pain gets vigorous when you move your head sharply, and you’ll experience a blocked or a runny nose and feel a bit tired.

Causes: The cause of sinus headache is sinusitis. They are common in people with seasonal allergies or are the results of a cold.

Treatment: Sinus headaches rarely go on their own. If you have an allergy, antihistamines may help. But in other cases, you may have to consult a doctor, and he/she might prescribe you with some antibiotics.


All symptoms of this severe headache occurs during a migraine attack that progresses through 4 main stages.

Migraine affected areas

Causes: Migraine is usually associated with false metabolic activities and dilation of blood vessels in the brain. In some cases, a person can inherit a genetic predisposition for developing migraines.

Treatment: There is no cure for migraines, but there are many medications available to help relieve the symptoms. To choose the right medicine, you should see your doctor. Additionally, regular exercise will help significantly improve your health.

Tension Headaches

This is the world’s most common type of headache: everyone experienced it at least once in their lives.

Type of headaches (Tension headaches)
Tension headache affected areas

Symptoms: This is usually a moderate non-throbbing pain. Tension headaches also trigger a feeling of pressure that feels like you’re wearing a tight band around your forehead. The severity of the pain most frequently rises from morning to evening.

Causes: Factors that appear to contribute to tension headaches are severe stress, fatigue, poor posture, and long holding the head in an unsuitable position. Chronic tension headaches are rare and often associated with head or neck injuries.

Treatment: You can get rid of a tension headache by taking any adequate pain relievers. This should be seen only occasionally though.    When headaches are frequent and last a lot longer, consult your doctor. Try to be physically active too, stretch your neck and shoulders regularly, and spend more time outdoors.


Type of headaches (hangover headaches)
hangover headache affected areas

Causes: We hear many different versions of why people often have a headache after drinking alcohol. One of these suggests that alcohol causes dilation of the blood vessels and affects body serotonin levels. Besides, alcohol facilitates water loss and dehydration, which is a prime trigger for migraines.

Treatment: The best remedy is taking a pain reliever, drinking plenty of water, and getting some good sleep. You should consider a hangover seriously. If you have a headache after consuming even a small amount of alcohol, it may indicate that you have a mild type of migraine.

Cluster Headaches

Headaches of the cluster are rare and affect fewer than 1 per cent of the population. Males commonly get affected five times more than females.

Types of headaches (cluster headaches)
Cluster headache affected areas

Symptoms: A cluster headache can cause sharp pain, generally on one side of your brain, behind or around your eyes. Sometimes it develops while sleeping. Symptoms may also include eye redness, light sensitivity, and lacrimation. The pain usually lasts between 15 minutes and 1 hour.

Causes: Scientists do not exactly know what causes cluster headaches. Quite commonly, they are related to changes in the biological clock of the body.

Treatment:  It can be a difficult task to treat a cluster headache because the pain occurs and disappears suddenly and at a moment’s notice. Only a doctor can help you solve the problem.

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