Saturday, March 28, 2009


Headaches are among the most common health problem that people have especially in the Philippines.

While the doctor do not understand the precise cause, researchers have made considerable progress in finding the treatments.

The 3 major types of headaches and their symptoms are the ff:

1. Tension Type Headaches - Pain is felt as a mild to moderate pressure, ache or tightness, generally on both sides of the head. The pain can last from 30 minutes to one week.

Treatment: Episodic headaches usually respond to the over the counter painkiller. Sometimes doctor prescribe muscle relaxants or antidepressants to reduce frequency.

2. Migraine Headaches - Throbbing pain , usually on one side of the head, is often made worse by routine movement, such as walking up and down stairs. Associated symptoms include nausea and sensitivity to light and noise. the pain generally lasts between 4 hours to 3 days.

Treatment: Most people require prescription medication to relieve migraines. A combination of aspirin and the anti nausea drug metoclopramide has proved effective.

3. Cluster Headaches - A sudden series of excruciating headaches on one side of the head. Other symptoms on the painful side may include a stuffed, runny nose, a droppy eyelid and a watery eye. A typical attack lasts 15 minutes to 3 hours.

Treatment: Sometimes inhaling pure oxygen at the first sign can stop the headaches. Some people gain relief by applying a local anesthetic in the nostril on the affected side or thaking drug sumatriptan. Drugs such as ergotamine and verapamil can help prevent headaches.

S o if you encounter these kind of headaches, you'll know what to do.

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