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When is a headache a migraine? How can you tell? The WebMD Migraine/Headache Guide will help you take the first steps toward finding relief for you or your child.   

Headache Overview

Migraines are painful headaches often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light.

Children’s headaches occur for the same reasons adults get headaches. See how they are evaluated and diagnosed in children and adolescents.

Get answers to frequent concerns about headaches and migraines. Read about the role of caffeine and pain relievers as causes of headaches.

A migraine episode can be a complicated event, with symptoms that change over hours or even days. Migraines tend to progress through several stages.

If you have migraines, learning a few new words may help you better understand and describe your symptoms.

Causes

More women suffer from migraines. Menstrual migraines or hormone headaches -- female hormones are to blame. 

In some people, certain foods and drinks -- or components they contain -- can trigger a migraine. One well-accepted migraine trigger is tyramine.

Improved sleeping habits can reduce migraine headaches. See how.

Overweight children and teens are more likely than thinner youngsters to have more frequent and severe headaches.

Many drugs can induce headaches; find out if your medication is on this list.  

Are You at Risk?

Exercise and sex may seem like strange bedfellows, but both trigger headaches.

Is dinner causing dismal migraines? Learn what to avoid and get tips on controlling migraine food triggers.

If you’re sensitive, smoking and secondhand smoke can ignite frequent and sometime severe headaches.

Caffeine can serve as a treatment for headaches or cause caffeine headaches from withdrawal. See how.

Prevention

Don’t just put up with them. Learn how to prevent migraine headaches and treat them.

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