Everyone gets a headache at some point. Headaches (throbbing pain in your head) come in many forms and there can be many reasons behind aching temples, ranging from poor nutrition to stress.
Health experts have classified headaches into two categories – primary and secondary. Primary headaches are the ones that don’t have any association with an underlying medical condition. Secondary headaches are the ones that occur as complications for infections, fever, dental conditions and other medical reasons.
Migraine is one of the most common forms of headache. It is caused because of the reduced blood flow to various areas of the cerebral cortex. Tension headaches are primary headaches that are caused by muscular strains in the head and neck and/or emotional stress. Eye strain (poor vision) is another reason behind tension headaches. Cluster headaches are headaches that occur repeatedly or over a period of weeks or even months. These usually occur on one side of the head and are centered around the eye. The change in blood flow is the most common cause of cluster headaches.
Secondary headaches occur as a result of some other problem or medical condition. Once you recover from the condition, you get rid of the secondary headaches.
When you have been experiencing chronic or frequent headache, see your physician. It may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. For women, checking hormonal imbalances may be helpful.
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