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Red wine is more likely to trigger a headache than white wine.

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Red wine is more likely to trigger a headache than white wine.

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Drinking alcohol can trigger headaches in some people. Why? It could be because:

  • Sulfites, which are used as a preservative in some types of alcohol, like red (but not white) wine, bother some people.
  • Alcohol causes more blood flow to your brain, which can trigger a headache.
  • It could also be because of how your body metabolizes alcohol.

Red wine, beer, whiskey, scotch, and champagne are the most common alcoholic headache culprits.

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Besides head pain, sinus headaches usually cause:

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Besides head pain, sinus headaches usually cause:

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With a sinus headache you usually get head pain along with nasal discharge, congestion, postnasal drip, and a sore throat. You can often treat a sinus headache with over-the-counter pain relievers like Advil, Motrin IB, or Tylenol. A warm shower might help with congestion, too.

 

If you get a fever, too, that may mean you have a sinus infection. See your doctor if your fever doesn't improve after a few days.

"Ice cream headaches" aren't real.

"Ice cream headaches" aren't real.

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Who hasn't had the feeling? You're going to town on some ice cream or a cold drink when suddenly, the middle of your head feels like it is splitting open.

 

An ice cream headache -- or a "brain freeze" -- is definitely real. Drink something warm or hold your tongue to the roof of your mouth to warm it up and feel better.

What kind of headache affects men more than women?

What kind of headache affects men more than women?

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About twice as many men get cluster headaches as women. Cluster headaches are the least common headache, but can be very severe.

 

You usually feel the pain behind or around one eye, and it's so bad that you usually can't sit still. These headaches often happen at the same time every day, and the attacks can last a couple minutes or a few hours.

 

For relief, you can talk with your doctor about medications to help stop a headache, and there are preventive medications, too.

Some headaches can last for days

Some headaches can last for days

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Sometimes cluster headaches last only for a few minutes.  They usually last for a couple of hours, as do sinus headaches.

But tension and migraine headaches are the kind that can sometimes last for days at a time.

Taking headache medication a lot to feel better can sometimes cause headaches.

Taking headache medication a lot to feel better can sometimes cause headaches.

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It's actually kind of ironic. Rebound headaches can be triggered when you've taken headache medication frequently.

 

It can become a vicious cycle: You take medicine to feel better, and then you get a rebound headache when the medication wears off.

 

It's important to take medicine only as directed -- both how much you take and how often you take it. If you're getting a lot of headaches, talk to your doctor about ways to prevent headaches, including medication.

Resting in a dark room may help relieve a headache.

Resting in a dark room may help relieve a headache.

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Try these other home remedies to relieve some headache pain.

  • Relax tense neck, shoulder, and back muscles.
  • Use a heating pad or an ice pack where it aches. Or try the back of your neck, forehead, or your temple.
  • Gently massage your temples or neck.
  • Take a soothing warm shower.

 

"Weekend headaches" can be blamed on:

"Weekend headaches" can be blamed on:

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Weekends should be headache-free! Yet, some people who get migraines also get "weekend headaches."  Changes in your routine can bring the pain. Maybe you get more sleep, drink less caffeine (causing a caffeine withdrawal headache), or are more active on the weekend. Any of those changes can trigger a headache.

 

To avoid pain, stay with your schedule -- and off the caffeine (during the week and weekend), if that's a trigger.

Most people get:

Most people get:

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About nine out of every 10 headaches diagnosed are tension headaches. They’re usually caused by tight muscles at the back of your neck or head. You’ll feel the pain across your forehead or the back of your head. Stress is often the trigger. Not enough sleep and poor posture -- like from sitting at a computer all day -- can make it worse. Depression has also been linked with these headaches.

 

If tension headaches affect your day-to-day activities, talk to your doctor. Medications like an antidepressant or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID) may be prescribed to help prevent them.

To find out what kind of headache you have, you'll need an X-ray or brain scan.

To find out what kind of headache you have, you'll need an X-ray or brain scan.

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Your doctor will usually diagnose your headaches based on how you describe them. He or she will ask you to describe the pain, how you act when you have a headache, and what you do to relieve your symptoms.

Get help right away if your legs or arms are tingling while you have a headache.

Get help right away if your legs or arms are tingling while you have a headache.

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Sometimes headaches can be warning signs, telling you that something serious is going on in your body. Get medical help right away if, for example, you have a:

  • Sudden, severe headache along with a stiff neck and vomiting -- it could be symptoms of meningitis or bleeding in your brain.
  • Headache after recently having been hit on the head -- it could be a sign of a concussion.
  • Headache accompanied by numbness or tingling in your arms or legs, or confusion -- these may be signs of a stroke.

 

What causes a hangover headache?

What causes a hangover headache?

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Alcohol dehydrates your body, and that might be blamed for all kinds of things -- including the throbbing headache you might get after tossing back a few too many the night before. Hangover headaches also can be blamed on hormonal changes caused by alcohol and the toxic effects alcohol has on your body.

 

To avoid getting so dehydrated, it may help to drink non-alcoholic beverages before and after you drink the harder stuff.

Acupuncture is proven to help headache pain.

Acupuncture is proven to help headache pain.

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Research is mixed on whether acupuncture helps headaches. Some studies have shown that it is as effective as painkillers in relieving tension and migraine headaches. But two large studies showed that real acupuncture had about the same effect as "sham" acupuncture -- inserting needles in incorrect, non-acupuncture points on the body -- in easing headache pain.

Sex can:

Sex can:

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Some people say the rush of chemicals in the brain from sex provides some sexual healing for their headaches. But for others, sex -- just like other types of physical exertion -- can trigger headaches. Migraine sufferers and men over 40 are the most likely to get them.

 

Sex headaches are pretty rare. But they are worth talking to your health care provider about. Seek help especially if the pain hits you like a thunderclap at climax. Medical professionals can rule out anything serious, like a ruptured blood vessel, and help with the pain. Sex headaches are usually harmless but it’s good to check them out.

Eating chocolate is a major migraine trigger.

Eating chocolate is a major migraine trigger.

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Though some people say that they get migraines after eating chocolate, scientific studies aren’t so sure.

In two studies, one showed that chocolate rarely triggers headaches. The other showed no link. It seems the best strategy is to figure out what your personal triggers are and avoid them.

 

Some people think it is the caffeine in chocolate that may lead to headaches. Though chocolate has some caffeine, it usually takes a lot more to trigger a headache. You'd have to eat 14  milk chocolate bars to get the same caffeine as from a cup of regular coffee.

Interestingly, in some cases, caffeine can help relieve headaches. It’s an ingredient in some headache pain relievers.

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