Headaches are common problem to almost everyone. One of the most used methods to get rid of headaches is to drink plenty of water or eat a banana.
However these methods are not always effective because there are different types of headaches and not the same remedies are effective for all of them.
Here are the 4 main types of headache, how to make a difference between them, as well as how to treat them naturally.
1.Sinus Headache – This type of headache is caused by sinus inflammation. The main symptoms for this type of headache are feeling pressure on the cheeks, eyes and forehead.
To treat a sinus headache, drink plenty of fluids. Warm water is also quite beneficial as it effectively minimizes the inflammation and opens the sinuses. Consume foods rich in vitamin C, as the vitamin is abundant in antioxidants and aids the body in combating infections. Also, you can try to apply cold and hot compresses, reduce the pain by eating a soup, or a fresh ginger, because it has powerful anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing properties.
2.Tension Headache – Stress is believed to be the cause of tension headache as it brings about the contraction of the neck and scalp muscles. The main symptom for this type of headache is persistent pain or pressure around the head, especially on the back of the head or at the temples.
Tension headache can also cause a radiating pain above or below the eye area which often results in nausea or vomiting.
You can use a mixture of peppermint oil and ginger tea to reduce the pain. Try applying some peppermint oil on the hairline to cause cooling sensation with the intention to relax the head and the head muscles.
3.Cluster Headache – Women are more prone to this type of headache which appears suddenly and causes very strong pain on one side of the head over one eye. It can be accompanied by rainy nose, nasal congestion or watery eye.
To relieve the pain apply some capsaicin cream to your nostrils. This will lead to the blockade of nerve pain signals.
4.Migraine – Migraine can affect anyone but they mostly affect individuals aged between 25 and 55.
These are very complicated kind of headache as they exhibit many other different neurological symptoms. They’re mainly manifested by a deep, severe, throbbing pain on one head side.
Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, smell, dizziness, too much sensitivity to light, touch, sound, visual disturbances, as well as tingling or numbness in your face. These symptoms normally radiate from top of the head downwards.
Vitamin B12, or riboflavin, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids are effective in relieving migraines. To prevent migraines, ensure that your diet has sufficient amounts of these nutrients.
A study in 2011 revealed that aerobic exercise can be very effective in preventing these headaches as the preventative migraine medication topiramate. For that reason, a regular workout may substitute medications.