Headache is defined as a pain occurring in any region of the head. Headaches may be isolated to a specific region or may be located in one or both areas of the head, radiate across the head, or have an extremely tight and firm quality. The pain may be sharp, throbbing or dull. The onset of the pain may be gradual or sudden, lasting from less than an hour to several days.
According to the World Health Organization report, approximately half of adults worldwide experience headaches regularly, making them one of the most widespread medical complaints. Most headaches aren’t reflecting a serious health condition and may be relieved by a short rest, some food or water, or over-the-counter pain relievers.
According to International Headache Society classification, headaches are classified into 3 main categories:
The most common primary headaches include:
Some lifestyle factors may trigger headaches, including:
In case if you prefer to manage your headache avoiding painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, here are some self-care strategies:
Seek Emergency Care, if:
Schedule Doctor’s Appointment, if: