Headaches are an unfortunate common occurrence in our everyday lives. They can make it difficult to carry out tasks to the best of your ability, and depending on the severity, can even prevent you from performing routine activities. You may have noticed that not all headaches act in the same way or can be treated with over the counter medication. Knowing the type of headache you have will help you plan the best course of action to relieving the symptoms and getting you back to your everyday routine.
Which Kind of Headache is it?
Tension headaches are one of the most common headaches from which people suffer. They will typically feel as if there is a constant pressure around your head, mainly around your temples or the back of your head and base of your neck. Unlike migraines, tension headaches will not typically cause nausea or vomiting. You can treat these headaches with over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen (Tylenol).
As the name suggests, cluster headaches occur in groups or cycles. The constant headaches can be severe and usually exist on one side of the head. Men will typically be more affected by these types of headaches, but women can also suffer from them as well. Cluster headaches can cause symptoms of watery eyes on the side of the pain as well as nasal congestion or a runny nose. Currently, there is no specific medication for this type of headache, but over the counter pain medication can be used to help alleviate some of the pain and duration.
When you have the flu or a cold, your sinuses can become congested with mucus causing a pressure to build up. The sinus can become inflamed due to an infection and can cause pain. Reducing the inflammation through antibiotics can help alleviate the pain as well as clearing the sinuses with the use of a neti pot.
Migraine headaches are one of the most severe types. This type of headache can be genetic and is diagnosed based on certain criteria. You should stop by a quick care facility if you have experienced:
- At least five previous episodes of headaches
- Lasting between four to 72 hours
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sensitivity to light and sound
Migraine headaches can prohibit routine activity and cause mild to severe pain. If you feel that you are experiencing these symptoms, visit an urgent care to help alleviate some of the symptoms.
Headaches are a naturally occurring illness in many people’s lives. While you may be able to ease the symptoms of headaches through over the counter pain medication, some headaches may be too severe. At Las Vegas Urgent Care, our patients always come first. Whether it is an illness or injury, we have the tools and knowledge to get you feeling better as soon as possible. Skip the long wait time by making an appointment today through Quick Pass.