What is a Headache?

A headache is pain in any area of the head, which may occur on one or both sides of the head. Pain may also be isolated to a certain location, radiate across the head, or feel like a throbbing, sharp, or dull ache. Headaches can come on suddenly or develop over time, and can last anywhere from less than an hour to several days.

There are many different types of headaches, which can include:

Tension Headaches

Tension headaches are the most common type of headache, and feels like a constant pressure around the head, especially near the temples or at the back of the head. These headaches do not usually cause nausea or interfere with daily activities, though they may be uncomfortable.

Cluster Headaches

Cluster headaches are reoccurring and occur in groups. They will appear suddenly and bring about a severe pain on one side of the head, which is usually accompanied with watery eyes and nasal congestion.

Sinus Headaches

During a sinus infection, the sinuses will become inflamed, causing pain. Sinus headaches can usually be treated along with the sinus infection using antibiotics, antihistamines, or decongestants.

Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches are diagnosed under certain criteria. These include having at least five previous migraine episodes lasting between 4-72 hours. At least two out of these four headaches were one-sided, had throbbing pain, had moderate-to-severe pain, or had pain that interferes with activity. At least one headache will have involved nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light and sound.

Treatment for a Headache

There are many different treatment options available, depending on the type of headache. In many cases, changes to sleep, diet, and exercise can help to eliminate symptoms.

At Springfield Urgent Care, our team can help to determine the cause of your headaches, as well as help to treat and prevent these headaches from occurring. Contact our office today if you are experiencing headaches for quick treatment.

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