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Headache is a common condition that many of us have faced many times in our daily routine (Representational Image: Shutterstock)

Headache is a throbbing, uncomfortable and persistent pain in the head or face

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Headache is a common condition that many of us have faced many times in our daily routine. It is a throbbing, uncomfortable and persistent pain in the head or face. Headache is among the top 10 causes of disability in the World Health Organization, in women, headache is in the top 5 with similar effects to arthritis and diabetes, and worse than asthma.

There are different types of headaches:

  • tension headache
  • cluster headache
  • migraine headache
  • hemicrania continua
  • ice pick headache
  • thunderclap headache

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, approximately 95% of the general population has experienced a headache at some stage in their life, with a prevalence of about one in two adults per year.

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Headaches begin in the nerves of the muscles and blood vessels that surround your head and face. Muscles or blood vessels swell or tighten, stimulating or putting pressure on nearby nerves, causing a headache. On the other hand, migraine occurs in people whose nervous system is more sensitive. The WHO says that migraine affects at least 1 out of every 7 adults in the world. Triggers for headaches and migraines can be anything from alcohol consumption to depression to poor posture.

What usually triggers a headache?

  • hormonal changes in women
  • stress
  • sleep changes
  • poor posture
  • bright lights
  • loud music
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Reportedly, most young people, by the time they reach high school, already suffer from headaches.

Headache accompanied by fever or pain that does not allow you to sleep peacefully at night should get medical attention as soon as possible. Your doctor can help you with treatment by identifying your triggers. Stress management can also help you deal with triggers more effectively.

Is it possible to get rid of a headache?

Headaches can be relieved by treating health disorders, although there is no proper cure for primary headaches, but there are many effective treatments that can help you manage your symptoms.

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