Mild Headache Overview
Although headaches are not considered a dangerous illness, many people suffer from this problem which may be quite painful and disrupt most of our daily activities.
There are many different types of headaches, they mainly vary according to the intensity, location, and duration of the pain.The quality of the pain can be also an important feature to determine its type, as it may be a sharp, dull, constant, intermittent, or pounding pain.
Symptoms of a Headache
The symptoms of a headache usually varies according to its type; however, these are the most popular ones:
1- Sharp, dull, constant, intermittent, or pounding pain in the head.
3- Numbness or weakness.
5- Cold Symptoms.
6- Changes in vision
7- Nausea with or without vomiting.
8- Difficulty with balance.
9- Sensitivity to light or sound.
10- Eye, ear, or facial pain.
These factors can tell whether this headache is serious or not so you can decide whether it needs emergency treatment.
Additionally, knowing the cause of this headache is the main factor to decide the needed treatment.
There is no rules for who will get a headache, as it may affect anyone of any race, socioeconomic status, age, and gender.
Furthermore, most studies suggest that stress and anxiety trigger most people’s headaches, but there are some headaches which don’t have any apparent cause till today.
Types of Headaches
There are many types of headaches, but the most common type is known as tension-type.
The next most common type is called migraine. Additionally, sometimes people suffer from a mix of mix of tension-type and migraine and this mix causes a very mild pain.
1- Tension-type headache
The most common headache type which occur in women more than men, is called Tension-type and it attack occasionally.or more frequently.
Symptoms: The head pain include tight, or pressing, mild-to-moderate head pain, which may be on one side or both sides. This pain usually radiates from the neck and the back of the head around the sides.
2- Migraine is the second most common headache type which also occur in women more than men. It is one-sided, throbbing, of moderate-to-severe intensity, and can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound.
There are two kind of Migraine according to whether they include an aura or not. If the Migraines comes with aura, it is called classic, while if it doesn’t, it is called common.
Notice that aura is a visual disturbance, weakness, or numbness which mainly occurs for 1- 2 hours before the onset of the headache.
A less common headache is called the Cluster headache, and it usually occurs in men more than women. In this case, you feel an intense pain on one side of the head and located around the eye or temple. This kind of headaches is sometimes accompanied with swelling, tearing, bloodshot eye, runny nose, or eyelid drooping on the same side of the face. Additionally, this headache occur daily or every couple of days over a period of weeks to months, then it may stop for years before occurring again.
What Causes Headache?
Headache is mainly caused by irritation or injury to any of the pain-sensing structures of the head.
In other words any compression, spasm, tension, inflammation, irritation or injury to the scalp, forehead, top of head, the muscles of the neck and head, major arteries and veins in the head, the sinuses, and the tissues that surround the brain will cause headache. However, the brain itself cannot hurt since it doesn’t have any sensory nerve endings.
Additionally, the scientists didn’t understand all the possible causes of mild tension-type headache till today, but they have a common theory which claims that mild tension-type headache occurs when the nerve endings in the head are irritated by tight muscles in the neck, face, and scalp, this irritation comes with an irritation to the arteries and veins nearby.
Furthermore, there are many still ongoing researches to know more about all the mechanisms related to various headache types.
All what can be said in this stage is that there are some known headache triggers including:
3- Muscle tension in the back and neck.
4- Alcohol, caffeine, and sugar withdrawal.
5- Hunger and dehydration
6- Medications (when stopping a drug which you used to relieve pain after using it for a period of time.)
7- Hormonal fluctuations before, during, or after menstruation
8- Household hazards such as carbon monoxide poisoning.
Home Remedies to treat Headaches:
There are many effective remedies to treat headaches, so please try them before using any pills as you may find something which works for you:
Ginger is a home remedy used for treating the headaches and offering instant relief. Actually, ginger is considered as an elixir for headaches,as it can reduce the inflammation of the blood vessels in the head and stimulate the digestion which will ease the pain and quell the nausea which occurs during migraines.
– Make a mixture of ginger powder and 2 tablespoons of water and apply it on your forehead for few minutes l.
– Drink the ginger tea, or mix some parts of ginger with lemon juice and drink up. Consume it twice a day.
2. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint Oil has a very refreshing scent, it really helps in opening up the clogged blood vessels which cause headache and regulate blood flow in the body.
– Breathe it in a cool, dark room for few minutes. – Mix 3 drops of peppermint oil in one tablespoon of almond oil or water and massage the temples and the back of your neck.
– Put some crushed peppermint leaves on your forehead.
– Add 1 teaspoon of dried peppermint to a cup of boiling water with some honey and drink it .
3. Lavender Oil:
Lavender oil has an amazing fragrance and a great ability to alleviate headaches.
– Just smell the the lavender’s scent by putting few drops on a tissue and inhale it.
– Inhale the steam of 2 drops of lavender oil added to two cups of boiling water
– Massage your forehead with two or three drops of lavender with one tablespoon of almond oil or olive oil.
Note: Do not take lavender oil orally.
Cinnamon can also treat headaches effectively.
Treatment: Mix some water to some cinnamon and apply a thick paste on your forehead and temples for 30 minutes, then wash it off with lukewarm water.
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