10 Common Headache Types And Their Surprising Causes

Headaches happen to everyone, and everyone hates them. They can be mild or severe, they can be all over your head or radiate from one side.

Whatever they are, they’re the worst. They make simple tasks seem insurmountable and make even a great day miserable.

What you might not realize is that different types of headaches come from different causes, and that means they can be soothed, at least a little, if you know what’s causing the pain.

Just like with any other part of your body, you can learn the habits of headaches, and have a better idea of how to make them hurt less, as well as how to avoid them in the future with some simple changes to diet and habits.

There are actually several types of headaches. The most common are migraines, tension headaches, and cluster headaches. They can be the result of illness, injury, or a problem elsewhere in the body. They can also occur from stress and emotional tension, overexertion, or even dietary issues.

In addition, there are primary and secondary headaches. Primary headaches are annoying and painful, but are harmless. A secondary headache is a symptom of another problem, and can be anything from harmless to dangerous.

If you have recurring headaches or ones that really inhibit living your life, talk to a medical professional to learn about your treatment options. And read on to see what your headaches are trying to tell you.

Headache Type 1: Allergies

Headache Type 1: Allergies

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Allergies are a major source of headaches, especially as they can cause blockage of the sinuses and pressure in the head.

Allergy headaches are often accompanied by watery, itchy eyes, and the ache is usually felt all over the head and face. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you’ve probably had these.

Treatment can include antihistamine and cortisone medications, which  are typically prescribed by a doctor.

Headache Type 2: Sinus

Headache Type 2: Sinus

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A sinus infection causes pressure, but the infection does too.

These headaches are usually felt in the forehead, around the eyes, and in the cheeks. They’ll usually get worse as the day wears on.

Sinus headaches can be cleared up with antibiotics and/or nasal decongestants.

If you get these more than most people do, talk to your doctor to make sure there isn’t an internal issue like a deviated septum.

Headache Type 3: Anxiety

Headache Type 3: Anxiety

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If you’re stressed out, you might feel pain across your forehead in a “headband” formation.

These headaches usually come during periods of stress and anxiety, such as being overworked or going through an emotional time.

Stress management is the best way to prevent these headaches. Breathing and mediation help when your head starts to throb, and getting enough sleep is important in soothing these too.

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