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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Headache


Headaches are a common ailment that can range from mild to severe in intensity. They can be caused by a variety of factors, including infections, fever, tension, stress, sinus pressure, and changes in hormones.


Headache is very common during and after fevers and infections. Some people might get frequent and recurrent headaches after recovering from recent viral infections like common cold.


There are several types of headaches, including tension headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches. Tension headaches are the most common type of headache and are characterized by a dull, aching pain in the head, neck, or behind the eyes. They are often caused by stress or tension in the muscles of the head and neck.


Migraines are a type of headache that is characterized by severe, pulsating pain on one or both sides of the head. They are often accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraines can be triggered by a variety of factors, including stress, changes in hormones, and certain foods.


Cluster headaches are a type of headache that is characterized by severe, sharp pain on one side of the head, often around the eye. They can occur in clusters, with several headaches happening in a row over a period of days or weeks.


To help manage headaches, it is important to identify and avoid any triggers, such as certain foods or stressors. Drinking enough water and getting regular exercise can also help prevent headaches. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can be effective for mild to moderate headaches.


If your headaches are severe, frequent or disabling, and/or are not relieved by over-the-counter medications, it is important to consult with your doctor. They can help determine the underlying cause of your headaches and develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs.


Natural home remedies for headache


There are several natural home remedies that can help alleviate headaches. Some of the most effective include:


  1. Ginger: Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and can help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with headaches. You can consume ginger in the form of tea, supplements, or by adding fresh ginger to your cooking.

  2. Peppermint: Peppermint oil has a cooling effect on the skin and can help relax tense muscles and reduce pain associated with headaches. You can apply peppermint oil to your temples or add a few drops to your bathwater.

  3. Lavender: Lavender has a calming and relaxing effect on the body, which can help ease the pain and discomfort associated with headaches. You can inhale lavender oil, add a few drops to your bathwater, or add dried lavender to your pillowcase.

  4. Hydration: Dehydration is a common trigger of headaches, so it's important to drink enough water throughout the day. Aim for at least 8 cups of water per day, and avoid dehydrating beverages like alcohol and caffeine.

  5. Yoga and Meditation: Yoga and meditation can help relieve stress, which is a common trigger of headaches. Practicing yoga or meditation regularly can help prevent headaches from occurring in the first place.


It's important to note that some of these remedies may not work for everyone, and some may not be suitable for certain medical conditions, so it's always best to consult with your doctor before trying any new remedies.


Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist


Kify Hospital

Danavaipeta

Rajahmundry

Phone : 85000 23456



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