Usually, when you complain about a headache, you’re talking about the most common type – a tension headache. In fact, most adult headaches can be categorized as tension-type or stress headaches. Tension headaches are more common in women than men, with a significant number of children experiencing one by the time they’re 15. These headaches are typically mild and don’t last long.
What causes a tension or stress headache? Anything from a particular food, an intense activity, eye strain, smoking, caffeine, poor posture, alcohol or stressful event can be at fault. Symptoms include a dull head pain or pressure around the forehead.
If tension headaches are infrequent, they can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen. For more severe or frequent headaches, it’s best to consult your doctor to determine the underlying cause(s) and appropriate treatment.
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The Headache Center of Northwell Health Neuroscience Institute specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of headaches caused by neurological and psychiatric illnesses as well as hard-to-treat migraines.