Nothing can stop a person in their tracks quite like a headache can. There are many different types of headaches, from tension to migraines. They range in severity and duration, with some people experiencing severe splitting pain while others have more mild discomfort. Just as the causes vary widely, so do the treatments.
The following are the best ways to treat a headache, depending on where the pain is located.
Headaches that occur on the right side of your head usually indicate that you are experiencing a tension headache. The pain is similar to a tightening sensation or band around your head or eyes that comes and goes.
The treatment for this type of headache on the right side of your brain or skull is pretty simple and involves:
· Sitting or lying down in a dark room for 15 – 20 minutes.
· Putting an ice bag, cold compress, or cool pad on the forehead and temples.
· Massaging the head and neck gently with fingertips.
When you experience a headache on the left side of your head, you usually have a migraine headache. Additional symptoms include nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and sometimes excessive hunger or thirst.
Treatments for migraine headaches on the left side vary depending on the intensity of the migraine and the amount of time it has been bothering an individual but usually include:
· Resting in a dark room for 20 – 30 minutes.
· Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Advil or Tylenol containing caffeine and/or naphthalene.
· Applying cold, wet washcloths to the forehead and neck.
· Avoiding light and sound triggers.
If you have a headache on the top of your head or upper forehead, it is likely due to stress and tension. Treatments for this type of pain are similar to those used to treat headaches on the right side. However, it may require additional treatments such as napping, breathing exercises, or meditation to reduce or eliminate the pain.