Headaches affect more than 50% of the population. But not all headaches are the same. There are different types of headaches and they all have different causes and treatments.
Sinus headaches are relatively common and they can occur when someone is congested from a cold or from sinus allergies. A feeling of head stuffiness, head pressure and a sensation of fullness behind the eyes and cheeks characterize sinus headaches. Sinus headaches often improve when the congestion resolves or with decongestants or sinus allergy medication.
Tension headaches are the most common type of headache. Most tension headaches are characterized primarily by head pain, although sometimes eye pain or neck pain can be a component of tension headaches. Tension headaches are mild to moderate in severity and respond to over-the-counter painkillers.
Tension headaches can be caused by lack of sleep, stress, muscle strain, vision strain or even without an identifiable reason. Some people are more prone to tension headaches. A person who is prone to tension headaches may experience tension headaches regularly or may experience sporadic bouts of increased headaches for weeks or months at a time.
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