Zap Constant Headaches With Peppermint And Eucalyptus Oils
Constant headaches are one of the most common medical conditions that provoke 50 million people in the United States alone to seek medical relief in a single year. It is so common that it afflicts about 70 percent of adults and 20 percent of children every now and then in their lifetime.
Typical symptoms of this ailment are temporary and transient, and are due to tension, cold and flu symptoms. However, some can have serious underlying problems so if you experience recurrent attacks, it will be wise to seek medical attention to diagnose the underlying cause.
Various Types Of Constant Headaches
Depending on the degree of severity and what is causing the pain, common categorizations are migraines, tension, cluster, rebound, or sinus pains. In fact scientists have spotted and named 150 different types of constant headaches. The following are brief descriptions of the common types of constant headaches that pound the scalps of millions of Americans.
Migraines - These usually occur on one side of the head, and involves severe, throbbing pain. It is often accompanied by extreme intolerance to light and sound, as well as nausea and vomiting. Some people also see an aura of flashing or twinkling lights about twenty minutes before their other symptoms. Migraines may last from several hours to several days.
Cluster - These are the most incapacitating of all vascular headaches. They can last from 15 minutes to 3 hours and typically occurs in clusters, meaning that during periods of the time called cluster periods, you are likely to have several attacks every day.
Its typical tendency is to repeatedly come and go over several days or weeks and then disappears for months or even years. It is more common in men, especially among those who are heavy smokers and drink frequently.
Tension Headaches - These are the most common type and are caused by muscle contractions in your neck and head. They are most associated with stress, exhaution or repressed anger.
The pain causes pressure around the head and may be accompanied by a sense of tightness in the head, neck and shoulder muscles.
Rebound - Stop the headache medicine to stop the constant headaches. Popping pills every time you get a pain in the head can be a headache in itself.
Taking over-the-counter medication may erase the pain, but constant daily use deranges your pain system in such a way that the medicines are now causing your chronic head pain. Then you take more pills and the pain continues. The result? A vicious cycle is formed.
Sinusitis - This an inflammation of the lining of the sinus cavities which causes a deep, dull ache around the eyes and sometimes in the forehead and ears.
Who Experiences This Pounding Predicament?
The National Headache Foundation has concluded that, more than 45 million Americans suffer from chronic, recurring and constant headaches, and 70 percent of this number are women.
This dull, sharp and throbbing pain of the head is no respecter of persons. It can affect children as well.
According to the American Academy of Neurology, about 20 percent of school children are afflicted with constant headaches.
The pain can make them irritable and affect their social and academic development. It is a major cause of missed school days and failure to complete school assignments.
What Are The Causes?
Causes of this debilitating ailment can range from hunger and dehydration to inflammation of the sinus cavities, to life-threatening conditions such as aneurysms. However, many causes are more elusive.
This pain can result from signal interactions among the brain, blood vessels and surrounding nerves. Specific nerves of the blood vessels are activated during a headache, sending pain signals to the brain.
Impulses are then sent to the blood vessels, causing constriction. This is followed by dilation of the vessels and the release of other inflammatory substances that cause painful pulsations.
A sudden occuring headache are usually caused by an illness or infection. Other conditions that can cause a sudden or acute headache include inflammation of the sinuses, ear infections or infection of throat.
In other cases, trauma or a blow to the head might be the cause of a headache. Some Common causes constant headaches include:
*Emotional stress related to money worries, marriage problems, work or school.
*Use of alcohol
*Poor diet and meal patterns
*Sleep patterns and disturbances
*Excessive use medication
*Tension and body strains
*Anxiety and depression.
Keeping a headache diary may help you identify if stressful occurrences, food triggers, medication or illness are some of the culprits causing you.
When Constant Headaches Hides
A Serious Problem
Sometimes a severe head pain strikes unexpectedly or shows up with worrisome symptoms. Get medical help if it seems unusual in any way, especially if you are over the age of 55.
It could be hiding one of these more serious conditions:
*Meningitis - This is a serious infection of the tissues surrounding your brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include stiff neck, nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light and fever. Some of these symptoms are similar to migraine so seek medical advise if you are not sure.
*Stroke - If you experience weekness or inability to move one side of your body, feel confused or drowsy, don't delay in getting help.
*Brain Tumor - Characterized by dizziness after head injury, blurred vision or unequal pupil size, confusion and vomiting.
*Glaucoma - Symptoms are dull pain around your eyes, an enlarged pupil, blurry vision and watery eyes. Check with your doctor to rule out this eye problem.
*Heart Disease - If you are past the age of 50, take notice of a headache that start when you begin to exercise and go away when you stop. This could be sign of heart disease, even if you have no other symptoms.
Heads-Up For Pain In Head Remedies
The next time your head throbs and you feel like someone is tying your scalp into a knot, try on of these natural cures that have been used for generations to fix pounding of head syndrome.
Zap It With Essential Oils - Mix peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, and rubbing alcohol in a small bowl. Gently sponge the fragant oils over your forehead and temples, avoiding your eyes. You should feel better in no time.
Rub Out The Tension - Sit in your favorite chair and close your eyes. Begin to massage your temples and forehead, then work yuor way down to your neck and shoulders. Breathe slowly and deeply, and focus on the relaxing your entire body.
Draw Out The Pain - Make a hot compress by heating up salt in a dry pan until it's warm but not too hot. Pour the salt into a thin dish towel and bundle it up. Hold the compress to the back of your head and rub. The dry heat from the salt can draw out the ache.
Wrap Your Head - Try tying a bandana around your head, just above your brow. This reduces the blood flow in your scalp and can rid of the pounding in your head.
Hot And Cold Relief - While soaking in a steamy bath, hold an ice pack on your head. The combination of hot and cold relieves the pain by drawing blood away from your head and narrowing the blood vessels in your scalp.
The Water Cure - No! I don't mean pour water on your head - although that might cool the head down. Sometimes when the protective covering of the nervous system becomes dehydrated, it can trigger an attack. Drink 8 (64oz) glasses of water every day.
Diet Connection - Cut down on coffee, tea, colas and other beverages containing caffeine. Avoid red wine, vermouth, champagne and beer.
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