A headache is not always just a headache. In fact, about half of all adults have experienced the pounding at least once in the last year. By properly identifying where your head hurts, you can uncover the best treatment to get rid of the ache. As part of a two blog series and to help you get a better understanding for headaches, let’s take a look at three different types and how to treat them.

One side of your head

If you are experiencing pain only on one side of your head (it doesn’t matter which side) and it feels like a throbbing or pulsating pain, then it is likely a migraine. These headaches can be caused by a variety of factors, but there is no question that they’re extremely difficult to get through because the pain can be extreme. For treatment of migraines, it depends on the trigger. While ibuprofen or tylenol might help, rest can often be the best option. However, if you suffer from frequent migraines, it is important to visit a doctor or your dentist. You might visit your dentist if the migraine is caused by a dental condition, such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

It wraps around your head

If you feel a sort of squeezing pressure or aching pain that wraps around your head, it is most likely a tension-type headache. Taking over the counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen as directed can usually eliminate the pain. You can even try combination medications that contain aspirin, acetaminophen and caffeine.

You feel it in your face

This one can be uncomfortable too because you tend to feel it in your face, such as in your eyes and cheeks. A sinus headache can often be rare and are actually migraines, which are the more likely cause of facial pain. If you have been diagnosed with a viral or bacterial infection, your doctor might prescribe antibiotics or suggest nasal decongestant sprays or antihistamines.

To learn more about the different types of headaches, be on the lookout for part two of this blog series. You can also contact us at Craniofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Center of Georgia to learn more about headaches and what treatment options are available.