Headaches

Headaches are the most common type of pain. While painful, headaches rarely indicate an underlying serious illness. Though frequent headaches can interfere with daily life.

There are five types of headaches:

The Muscle Contraction / Tension Headache

What is a tension headache?

The muscle contraction / tension headache is usually triggered by environmental or internal stress and stops when the stress is removed.

How to treat a tension headache.
Take an over-the-counter pain reliever containing aspirin or acetaminophen. BC Original Formula is a good choice.

Relax; take a break for a few minutes.

The Cluster Headache

What is a 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, customers 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.

How to treat a cluster headache.

Consult your doctor for treatment if you have this type of headache.

Migraine Headache

What is a 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. It 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.

Two types of migraines are most common:

  • Common migraine accounts for 85% of all migraines. It starts with stiffness in the neck, which may already be present before gradually increasing in intensity. Non-specific symptoms including changes in mood, appetite, energy level or sense of well-being may precede headache by hours or days. Symptoms last from hours to days.

  • Classic migraine headache is preceded by sharply defined neurological warning symptoms known as 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 attack.

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
  • Environment factors e.g. loud noise, strong smells, bright or flickering light
How to treat a migraine.

Consult your doctor for treatment if you have this type of headache.

The Hangover Headache

What is a hangover headache?

The over consumption 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.

How to treat a hangover headache.

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.

BC Powder® Original Formula is a great choice for fast hangover headache relief.