Before we can get to how to relieve a headache, it's important to ask “What kind of headache do I have?”
Triggers and symptoms for each type of headache can vary. TYLENOL® is recommended for temporary relief
from minor aches and pains due to
headaches, but if you think you're having migraines or cluster headaches, or have any other questions or concerns, please consult your doctor.
What is a tension headache?
Tension-Type Headache (or TTH) is the most common type of headache, and is sometimes called a
“muscle contraction headache” or simply a “a stress headache.” Tension headache symptoms can last
hours or days and cause pain with tight,
constant pressure on the head, neck, or forehead from muscle contraction. Common causes are stress,
anxiety, lack of sleep, jaw clenching and missed meals.
What is a sinus headache?
Sometimes confused with a migraine, sinus pressure headache pain feels like pressure through the
front of the face, ears, and teeth and can be caused by a sinus infection or allergies. Symptoms of
a sinus headache include a runny nose, nasal congestion, facial pressure, and nausea. The pain of
sinus headaches can be treated with OTC pain relievers such as TYLENOL®. Some things that you can
try to address the underlying sinus symptoms include taking a hot shower, using nasal saline drops,
and drinking plenty of fluids. You can try these quick tips for getting rid of a headache or
TYLENOL® Extra Strength Caplets.
What is a migraine?
A migraine is a severe headache that can last anywhere between four and 72 hours, if left untreated.
Migraine symptoms include throbbing localized pain, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to sound,
nausea and vomiting. Roughly one-third of migraine sufferers can predict an oncoming migraine from a
visual disturbance known as an “aura.” Common triggers include stress, anxiety, hormonal changes,
bright/flashing lights, lack of food, lack of sleep, and certain dietary substances.
If you think
you're experiencing migraines talk to your doctor because this type of headache requires medical
What is a cluster headache?
A cluster headache is considered the most severe type of headache. Cluster headaches occur in
“cluster periods” ranging from every other day to 8 times a day, and can last anywhere from 15
minutes to three hours. Pain associated with a cluster headache feels like a stabbing pain behind or
around the eye, usually on one side. Other symptoms of a cluster headache include nasal congestion,
tearing, a running nose, facial and forehead swelling, constriction of pupils and eyelid swelling.
Cluster headaches are most common in those who smoke or drink.
If you think you're experiencing cluster headaches talk to your doctor, because this type of
headache requires medical oversight.
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