A headache is one of the most common pains experienced by humanity every day in life. Some individuals suffer from it at least 5 days in a month and for some others it is a rare occurrence. Almost half the population in this world suffers from a headache at some point of time in life. Most headaches don’t indicate any serious medical problem and often arise as a result of stress, fatigue or allergy. Migraine headaches and tension headaches are common while some other people feel the pain only on the right side of the head which causes worry in individuals.
Allergies, infections such as sinus, fatigue, head injury, muscle strain, tumors and variations in glucose levels in the body can lead to pain on one side or both sides of the body. Neurological issues such as occipital neuralgia and temporal arteries too can cause a right-sided headache sometimes. Certain medications can trigger a headache (rebound headache) and this is one of the most common causes for a headache. Certain types of headaches too affect the right side of the head:
Migraine headache commonly strike the right side of the head accompanied by a throbbing pain, blurry vision, nausea, sensitivity to light and vomiting. Several factors trigger a migraine headache and minimizing the triggering of these factors are critical to save yourself from severe pain. While most people consider a migraine to be as simple as a normal headache, practically it affects a person’s quality of life and disrupts his/her day-to-day living. Read more about migraine and the primary causes of this headache from www.firsteatright.com.
Cluster headaches are rare but when they occur, they cause too much pain in cylindrical patterns. It is focused around one eye and the pain might spread to other areas of the face and head in course of time. Restlessness, sweating on the face, runny nose and watery eyes are common symptoms. More common in men compared to women smoking, alcohol or family history of cluster headaches are said to be the primary causes.
Tension headache is the most-prominent type of headache present in more than three fourth of the population globally occurring in both sides of the head mostly. There are occasions when it can affect one side of the head too. Constant pain, pressure across the forehead or back and tender or tight shoulder muscles are common symptoms.
Headaches are very common and resolve on their own mostly. Its recommended to visit a doctor only when it occurs too frequently accompanied by symptoms such as fever, numbness, weakness, improper sleep, confusion, vision changes, pain during movement, neck stiffness and cognitive changes. Even without any of these symptoms if a headache is too severe or feels painful it is recommended to meet a doctor.
Most people prefer to try home remedies before choosing pain killers. Most common of them include:
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