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Explore the types of headaches and pain BC® Powder combats.

    Headaches

    There are 4 types of headaches.

    While painful, headaches rarely indicate an underlying serious illness. Though frequent headaches can interfere with daily life. There are five types of headaches:

    1. The Muscle Contraction or Tension Headache

    The muscle contraction or tension headache is usually triggered by environmental or internal stress and stops when the stress is removed. How do you treat a tension headache? Take an over-the-counter pain reliever containing aspirin or acetaminophen—BC® Powder Original Formula is a good choice—and relax. Take a break for a few minutes, and focus on your breath, following your inhales and exhales for 20 breaths.

    2. The Cluster Headache

    Swelling of blood vessels in the head causes the cluster headache. This gives a very intense burning and piercing pain which may be throbbing or constant. During a cluster period, sufferers experience between one and four headaches a day. The headache reaches maximum intensity within 5-10 minutes and usually lasts 30-45 minutes, though duration may vary from a few minutes to several hours. The best way to treat a cluster headache is to consult your doctor.

    3. Migraine Headache

    Symptoms are characterized by recurrent attacks of severe pain with some of the following symptoms:

    • Intense throbbing headache, often on just one side of the head
    • Nausea and/or vomiting
    • Sensitivity to light, noise and/or smell
    • Tingling of the limbs

    Unlike other headaches, migraines are a genetically inherited component in three-quarters of its sufferers. They will arise during childhood or adolescence and will manifest at the age of 30 and may then lessen in frequency and intensity after the age of 50. The two most common types of migraines are:

    • Common migraine headaches account for 85% of all migraines. Starting with stiffness in the neck, which may already be present, they gradually increase in intensity. Non-specific symptoms including changes in mood, appetite, energy level, or sense of well-being, all of which may precede headache by hours or days. Symptoms last from hours to days.
    • Classic migraine headaches are preceded by sharply defined neurological warning symptoms known as the aura 20-40 minutes before an attack. These frequently include visual disturbances such as blind spots, zigzag lines or double vision, which disappear as the headache appears.

    Nausea, vomiting, and slowing of gastric emptying may accompany both types of migraine attacks. There are many contributing factors to migraines: stress, hormonal factors (e.g., menstruation), certain foods, lack of food or long gaps between meals, lack of sleep, fatigue, strong emotions, and environment factors (e.g., loud noise, strong smells, bright or flickering light). When it comes to treating a migraine, you should definitely consult your doctor for treatment.

    4. The Hangover Headache

    The overconsumption of alcohol induces headaches due to dehydration, dilation of blood vessels, and even the chemicals found in drinks. Severity depends on the quantity and type of alcohol. Hangover headaches are best treated with what’s been depleted: water. Drink plenty of water to re-hydrate your body. Over-the-counter pain relievers containing aspirin, acetaminophen, and caffeine are very effective at treating a hangover headache, as well, and BC® Powder Original Formula is a great choice for fast hangover headache relief.

    Arthritis

    What is arthritis?

    Arthritis refers to diseases that cause pain, swelling and limited movement in joints and connective tissue. The two most common types of arthritis are:

    • Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It is particularly prevalent in old age, with nearly 70% of adults over 65 showing evidence of osteoarthritis on x-rays. The incidence of osteoarthritis is increasing every year as a result of an aging world population. It affects joints in general and weight-bearing joints in particular, such as the knees, hips, and ankles. Alternating periods of relapse and remission usually mark the source of the disease. Inflammation is not usually significant. The precise cause is not known but risk factors include age, genetic predisposition, trauma, and obesity. Women have a greater risk of developing the disease, particularly during menopause.
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis is a multisystem autoimmune disease, where the immune system mistakenly attacks the body tissues. This causes chronic inflammation in many body tissues including the lungs, heart, eyes, nerves, kidneys, and liver. It most notably produces swelling and distortion of the joints and surrounding tissues. Sufferers may spend long periods without symptoms before relapses, known as flares.

    How to treat arthritis pain. Use Arthritis Strength BC® Powder to deliver speedy relief to minor arthritis pain. For Osteoarthritis or Rheumatoid Arthritis consult your doctor for treatment.

    Body Pain

    Lift, twist, bend, reach, pull, and push with care.

    Lower back pain injuries are often associated with these movements. Those most at risk include truck drivers, warehouse personnel, construction workers, heavy manufacturing workers and nurses. Lower back pain disorders are divided into two major diagnostic categories, and many times overlap:

    • Disorders involving irritation of peripheral nerves within, or as they meet the spinal canal. These tend to cause chronic pain.
    • Disorders involving soft tissue connecting segments together. These tend to cause acute pain and heal quickly.

    To treat minor back pain, rest! Find a comfortable position and stay there. Apply ice for 10-15 minutes every hour. Take a mild, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as aspirin in BC® Powder Original Formula as soon as you can. For chronic back pain, consult your doctor for treatment.

    Sprains and Strains

    Beware of overstretching!

    A strain is the overstretching of a muscle or tendon causing sudden, sharp pain at the site of injury. A sprain is more serious and occurs when a joint is twisted or wrenched causing damage to attachments, but without dislocation. Muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and associated blood vessels may suffer damage. In severe cases, the joint cannot be moved at all. Sprains most frequently occur in the ankle and lower back region.

    How do you treat sprains and strains? For minor sprains and strains, rest the affected area, apply cold packs or ice, wrap the area with a compression bandage, and keep the affected area elevated as much as possible. Doctors recommend "RICE" for sprains and strains, which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. A sprained ankle should always be x-rayed to rule out a fracture. Over-the-counter pain medications, such as aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen are routinely recommended to relieve minor pain and reduce inflammation. Try BC® Powder Original Formula or Arthritis Strength BC® Powder for fast pain relief. In more severe cases, consult your doctor for treatment.

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