Almost everyone will get a headache at some point in their lives, and most of us get them fairly frequently. Whether they are due to stress, tension, an illness or something more serious, dealing with the pain of a headache can be difficult.
This step-by-step guide will go through the things you need to know about headaches, from possible causes to potential treatments.
If you need even more information, you will find it on About.com's Headaches/Migraines site, dedicated to getting you all the information you need about headaches.
What's Causing Your Headache?
There are many possible causes of headaches. Most of them aren't serious, but a few are — and you need to know about them. We will cover what to watch for and when to seek medical attention for headaches in the steps that follow.
Potential causes of headaches include:
- Stress or Tension
- Common Cold
- Upper Respiratory Infection
- Sinus Infection
- Temporal Arteritis (inflammation of the artery)
- Side effect of medication
- Head Injury
More serious causes of headaches include: