How to Reduce Cluster Headache
Cluster headache is marked by one-sided debilitating pain. It is also termed as suicide headache because it leaves the individual exhausted and drained. This condition is largely non-threatening because you do not have any long-term complications.
What Is Cluster Headache?
Cluster headache is one-sided headache that involves trigeminal nerve of the face. It is more common in males that in female and is common between the ages 20 to 40. This condition affects about 0.1 percent of total global population.
What Are The Symptoms Of Cluster Headache ?
Cluster headache include deep and burning pain around the eyes. The pain is intense and repeats several times throughout the days, weeks, or months. Along with the pain around the eyes that radiates to cheek, forehead, temple and upper gum on one side of the face the others include restlessness, nasal congestion, sweating and photophobia. The affected side may become flushed and red.
To understand the cluster headache properly you need to understand the pattern of the attack. Cluster headache happens in a particular pattern in each individual. A person may experience more than one attack in a day and the attack may awake the person in the middle of night. Headache may occur at the same time every year. It is common during spring and autumn season. The pattern of headache differs from the person to person. Cluster headache attack may last for several days, weeks or months before the symptoms reduce and finally disappear. The period when there is no attack extends from few months to years.
What Causes Cluster Headache?
The cause of cluster headache is not known, but the headache pattern suggests that it may happen due to the abnormality in the body’s biological clock. Unlike tension or migraine, headache cluster headache is not generally associated with the trigger such as stress, food or hormonal changes.
What Are Trigger Of Cluster Headache?
Studies show that the sudden release of chemical compounds such as histamine and serotonin me at as an irritant on the Trigeminal nerve. Thus, the common irritants of cluster headache include smoking, alcohol, high altitude, intense physical activity, hot weather, intense light and certain medications such as nitroglycerin.
Tips To Manage Cluster Headache
A Hot compress –
One of the easiest solution to ease cluster headache is cold compress. Cool temperature numbs the affected area and alleviates the pain.
Take a bag of frozen vegetables and applying it to the back of your neck. You may also use a washcloth dipped in cold water for this purpose. Apply cold compress for 5 minutes and repeat this several times as needed.
Consider Acupressure –
Acupressure is application of pressure on specific points in hands and fingers to stimulate these points in order to reduce pain and other health ailment. Make sure to get the acupressure done under professional supervision by the expert.
Get a Massage –
Massage promotes the production of serotonin and triggers the serotonin receptors. It relax the headache and decrease the frequency of headache. Massage your head gently in circular motion with the help of first two fingers. Press the pain relieving pressure points that lie at the base of the skull, between the eyebrows and in the corner of the eye.
Essential Oil to Treat Cluster Headache –
Essential oils are anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. It soothes the nerve and calms the headache. Essential oils should not be taken orally. Essential oils are used for topical use and only after dilution. A few effective essential oils are Rosemary oil, Peppermint oil and Lavender oil. Take 3 drops of essential oil and mix with carrier oil such as olive oil or almond oil. Massage your Temples with this oil mixture for relief.
Besides the above home remedies, you also need to bring some changes in your lifestyle to prevent the onset of cluster headache. Drink lots of water so that you are not dehydrated. Eat fresh fruits and vegetable. Do yoga, meditation and quit smoking and alcohol.
A Hot Compress –
Heat relaxes the muscles and relieves the pulsating headache. Dip a washcloth in hot water. Wring out the excess of water and then apply to the back of your neck. Keep it for 15 minutes and then repeat it a few times in the day as needed.
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta: Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.