Nearly everyone has experienced a headache at some point in their lives. Many more suffer from them on a daily basis. They can be dull or severe. Although some headache triggers and causes are not known, it is possible to avoid them. Here are some common headaches and what you can do to reduce the pain.

Headaches

  • Although cluster headaches are not known, it is possible that they are caused by alcohol or bright sunlight. Reduce your drinking and wear sunglasses when you drive, especially if you are driving. These practices can help reduce headaches.
  • Tension headaches are often caused by stress. You can de-stress yourself to get rid of tension headaches. Use soft music and candles to relax and enjoy a warm bath. Avoid stressful situations. Trigger points, particularly in the trapezius muscles, are believed to cause the temple headache. A headache may be caused by motion in the area where the shoulder meets with the neck, along the collarbone and on the side of your neck. These headaches can sometimes be relieved by massaging the muscle. This is the most severe type of headache. It causes sharp pain, nausea, dizziness, and sometimes vomiting.  These headaches can be very severe. A study has shown that laying in a dark, quiet room can reduce the duration of migraine headaches.
  • Sinus headaches are often associated with the flu season. They consist of pressure and pain in the sinus area. Sinus headaches can be caused by pressure or pain in the back of your eyes or in your cheeks. Also, a stuffy nose or runny nose could indicate that you have sinus problems. You may also experience pain in your forehead and upper teeth, as well as aches. Sinus headaches can be treated with some over-the-counter medications. Cervicogenic headaches can be caused by the neck or upper back. These include whiplash injuries, weak neck muscles, progressive facial joint arthritis, tension on the spine, neck strain, and weak neck muscles. Physical therapy, chiropractic care and massage are all options for relief.