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Headache pain in teenagers

According to studies, 1%-2% of teenagers suffer from headaches more than 15 days per month. These are usually different in severity to the headaches an adult might experience so they can often go unnoticed by parents or healthcare professionals. The headache can start off suddenly and can bring with it feelings of nausea and tiredness. This type of headache can easily be mistaken for a stomach upset when it may actually be the headache that is causing vomiting or a nauseous feeling.

The most common headaches for teens are tension-type headaches and migraines.

  • Tension-type headaches often feel like a tight squeezing or pressing band is around your head. The pain is dull and achy and is usually felt on both sides of the head, but may be in front and back as well. There is usually no sense of nausea or vomiting with tension-type headaches.

  • Migraines are very painful episodes of headache. A migraine often lasts for hours up to 2 days. It may feel like the inside of your head is throbbing or pounding. Migraines are usually felt on only one side of your head, but may be felt across the forehead. A migraine may make you feel light-headed or dizzy, and/or make your stomach upset. You may even vomit with a migraine. Sometimes, you may see spots or be sensitive to light, sounds, and smells. If you get migraines, chances are someone in your family also has this problem.

Most headaches in teenagers are not serious and will get better quite quickly either on their own or with the aid of simple painkiller medication. Always check the dosage instructions before administering any drugs to a child or young adult. However, if your teenager is experiencing frequent severe headaches you should consult a neurologist. The headaches could be an indication of a more serious problem that needs to be diagnosed and treated sooner rather than later when it becomes intense.

 

The good news is that children and teenagers can recover very quickly from this type of headache without any intervention. Before you know it, they will be back on their smart phones or watching TV again like nothing happened.  #headache #migraine #pain #doctor #neurologist #winnielimkhoo #manila #philippines #health #advise #healthytip #philippines

 

 

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