Headache, cluster

  • Condition that results in bouts of repeated attacks of headaches
  • Symptoms may include head pain that may be throbbing, pressure or explosive type of pain
  • Cause unknown but may be due to an abnormality in the brain, increased blood flow to the brain or abnormal levels in certain hormones or brain chemicals
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in males
  • Can occur at any age but more common in older adults
  • May be mild to severe lasting a few minutes to several hours
  • Not life threatening but can affect quality of life

  • Maintain a regular sleep schedule
  • Do not use alcohol
  • Limit exposure to oil-based paint, gasoline, and some household cleaners
  • Use caution in high altitudes
  • Do not use tobacco
  • Do not consume any smoked or processed meats

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation Techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicines are NOT effective for this condition

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