Pharmacist Doug: Debunking Headaches

Types of Headaches:

Tension: This is stress. Oxygen,water and rest are probably the best medicines here.   Oxygen is my way of saying take deep breaths and remember to continue to breathe. But, many people use pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin and ibuprofen.

Sinus/Allergy: This is when you have an sinus allergic reaction to some external source and it causes inflammation and irritation in your sinuses,nose and eyes. Decongestants are what you need for this type of headache. Also, things like a vitamin C complex are natural antihistamines and decongestants as well. 

Medical: High Blood Pressure, extremes in blood sugar levels, PMS and hyperthyroid. Obviously, you need to get to the Dr. pretty quick. 

Migraines: These are a bit more mysterious. Many people talk about triggers with migraines..stress, certain odors, certain lights, a change in the weather. Often times caffeine and aspirin help with migraines. Research has shown that magnesium will help with migraine headache pain and can even help with the prevention of them. Magnesium is being used to decrease the number of migraines a person has on a regular basis. The probable reason magnesium is so effective with migraine headaches is the fact that the majority of people are deficient in magnesium. More than half the population does not get the RDA of magnesium. 

Dehydration: Many activities or items we consume causes us to become dehydrated and the lack of those important minerals can make our head scream for a re-fueling of sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, magnesium, lithium,etc...I am talking about sports, being outside in the summer, drinking too much alcohol and being hungover.  

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