The only thing worse than developing a headache is not knowing why you have it. There are different treatments for each type and not all of them work on all heads. Fortunately, most of them are fairly easy to figure out and to treat, most with home remedies already in your house.
1) Alcohol : A hangover is just one way alcohol can give you a headache. Some types, such as red wines and dark hard liquor have additives that can trigger head pain. Drinking a lot of fluids can help with this problem, and with the hangover, electrolytes are needed. Sports drinks or coconut water are good for this purpose.
2) Barometric Pressure : Head pain is common when the barometer starts to fall. While it can trigger migraines, it can also cause problems for those without that condition. Watching the weathercaster may give you an idea when to expect it, though if the problem is severe, you may want to move to a location that is typically under high pressure most of the year.
3) Caffeine : A recent study indicates that tea can actually help hydration, but that is the only beverage containing caffeine that does if it is true. Coffee, sodas, energy drinks and weight loss products that contain caffeine increase your risk of dehydration. Also, stopping caffeine suddenly can result in an intense headache.
4) Dehydration : It's easy to become dehydrated. Hot weather, intense exercise and alcohol use can increase the likelihood of the problem. As the brain contains a lot of water, dehydration can lead to a serious headache. Drinking enough fluids is important, and you may require electrolytes as well. Sports drinks and coconut water can help if you do.
5) Eye Strain : This is probably the most boring headache on the planet. You can stop the pain, but to do so you have to stop using your eyes for a while. No computer, no TV, no books … no fun. If you have the problem frequently, you may want to visit the eye doctor, as you may need glasses. This is especially true if you stare at a screen for more than three hours a day. One method that may prevent the headache is to stop looking at the screen every twenty minutes or so. Focus on something in the distance to change the type of focus your eyes are using.
6) Flu : It's not like there is a need for more pain when suffering from the flu, but an intestinal headache is one of the symptoms. Over the counter pain killers may help to ease some of the pain, but only time will get rid of it completely. You may also find some relief by laying a damp cloth on your forehead. This will also help with the fever.
7) Migraines : While women suffer from migraines in a slightly larger percentage than men, it is only on a 3-1 basis. There are three ways to handle migraines. One is to avoid your triggers, which can be difficult. Light, sound, heat and rain can all start one off, but food is probably the largest factor. Anything with tyramine in it could start an episode. That includes wine, aged cheeses and some meats. Second, your doctor can prescribe medications that will help stop attacks when they begin. Third, capsules of feverfew taken daily may help prevent a migraine and stop one if it occurs.
8) Sinus Inflammation : If you know what to look for, you can see sinus problems; there will be swollen areas on your cheeks and above your eyes. This can either be caused by a virus, allergy or an infection. Anti-inflammatory medications will help with the swelling and some of the pain. Allergy medications can help further by stopping the reaction. You may need an antibiotic for the infection, but the doctor may want to wait to see if it clears on its own, so as to prevent the germs from becoming resistant. Garlic tablets could help, and should not cause resistance to prescribed antibiotics. Steam is another beneficial treatment for sinus headaches. You can use a hot shower, but vinegar and water are better. Mix them together, bring it to a boil and breathe the steam.
With these tips, it may be easier for you to figure out what is causing the pain and whether or not a doctor is required. If you do decide to see the doctor, be sure to speak about other medical conditions you may have and any medications / supplements you are using. This will help you avoid dangerous side effects and herb / drug interactions.