Types of Headaches

The American Council for Headache Education reports that, during the past year, nearly 90% of men and 95% of women have experienced at least one headache. Tension headaches, the most common type, often result from muscle tension and stress. Fortunately, over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen provide relief; however, headache sufferers should use these drugs sparingly. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen can cause stomach ulcers if taken too frequently, and high doses of ibuprofen have been linked to increased cardiovascular disease.  Because sinus headaches may be caused by infections or allergies, antibiotics (to fight infection) and antihistamines and corticosteroid sprays (to treat allergies) may help. Migraine headaches sometimes require treatment with prescription drugs.

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HINT: If a headache is sever or does not respond to treatment with over-the-counter medications, consult with your doctor to rule out a number of medical conditions or medication side effects.