A headache is a pain in the
head which almost everyone feels at one time or another. Almost half of all
people have a headache at least once a year. Most headaches are not
dangerous but they get in the way of your work and disturb your life.
Although many people see a doctor when they have a headache, physicians
normally cannot see any causes in their offices.
Types of headaches
Tension headaches cause a mild to strong pain in the head. Many people
describe such headaches as a tightening feeling. Some headaches cause a dull
pain that can last for hours. They occur anywhere from the front to the back
of your head. Other people feel a sharp, throbbing pain in their head.
About 20% of all headaches are migraines. They are strong headaches that can
cause extreme pain. They can last as long as a couple of days. Warning signs
like nausea, vomiting and seeing flashes of light sometimes occur shortly
before migraines attack. Such a forewarning is called an aura. Migraines are
often passed down to you from your parents and grandparents.
Causes of headaches
• not enough sleep
• not enough water
• watching TV or looking at a computer screen for a long time
• coffee, tea and certain foods
How to fight off headaches
Pain relievers and other drugs are often used to combat headaches. Many
people take aspirin when they have a headache. Doctors also suggest that
patients should relax when they experience a headache. In some cases,
changing your diet may result in relieving pain and weakening headaches.
In any case, you should exercise regularly and get a lot of fresh air. This
may not make headaches disappear completely but it can help make you feel