Different Kinds of Headaches

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Fever, headache, vomiting, stiff neck, red rash and confusion can be an indication of meningitis. Call the physician for medical advice. If unavailable, go to the emergency room or dial 911.

A migraine headache usually involves intense pain (throbbing), often starting on one side of the head, vomiting, nausea, problems with vision, sensitivity to light & noise, and dizziness. Over-the-counter pain relievers, resting in a darkened room, and applying ice packs, can be helpful depending on the individual. Seeing a doctor to discuss stronger medications could also be helpful with pain management.

Non-throbbing but severe pain usually located near or around one eye, nasal congestion, red or watery eyes, and a flushed face can be signs of a cluster headache. Applying ice packs and taking hot showers can offer some relief. See a doctor after the first cluster headache to rule out a more serious medical condition. Some chronic sufferers have received relief by inhaling pure oxygen. See your doctor to discuss this possibility.

Tension headaches can involve a steady, dull, and intense pain around the head with neck and shoulder stiffness. Learning stress reduction techniques, applying ice packs, taking hot showers and over-the-counter pain relievers can be helpful.

Fever and pain behind the forehead and eyes, along with sinus congestion can be signs of a sinus headache. Call a doctor for advice. Infections can be treated with antibiotics.

A sudden and intense headache with weakness, paralysis or numbness in one area of the body as well as disturbances with speech and vision, dizziness or confusion can be signs of a stroke. Call 911 immediately.

Glaucoma can cause intense eye pain, headache, vomiting and visual disturbances. Call to make an appointment with your doctor.

A sudden and intense headache with dry mouth, thick saliva, thirst, and fatigue can be indications of dehydration especially if these symptoms follow vomiting or diarrhea. If the symptoms are severe call the doctor for an immediate appointment. Be sure to drink small amounts of liquids such as water or sports drinks on a frequent basis.


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