Do you experience severe pain around your eye? Is it accompanied with runny nose and redness in eye? You might be showing signs of cluster headaches! Cluster headaches can lead to serious illnesses like blindness and obstructive sleep apnea. To treat cluster headaches you should know its symptoms. What are the symptoms? Read on…
Cluster headaches are severe headaches that reoccur at certain intervals of time.
Typically cluster headaches occur 1 to 3 times in a day. This is called as cluster period. This can last for weeks to months. Then a person is most likely to experience remission periods where there is no headache. After the remission period, the cluster periods begin. Hence this is a cyclical process.
Generally a cluster headache awakens a person from sleep. It is associated with pain around 1 eye on 1 side of the head.
What are the symptoms of cluster headaches?
The symptoms of cluster headaches are as follows:
- Severe pain around an eye that might radiate to other areas of face, head, neck and shoulders
- Drooping eyelid
- Teary eyes
- Runny nose
- Redness in eye
- Pale skin
- Pupil constriction
- Sensitivity to noise
What causes cluster headaches?
Cluster headaches occur due to various factors like genetics, smoking and hypothalamus. People whose parents or siblings have suffered from cluster headaches are 14-48 times more likely to experience cluster headaches.
Also 65% of the people who have experienced cluster headaches have been smokers.
Also dysfunction of hypothalamus can lead to cluster headaches. This is the reason why cluster headaches occur at the same time each day and during a particular season.
What increases the risk of cluster headaches?
The following factors increase the risk of cluster headaches:
- Family history: A person has a high probability of getting cluster headaches when his family members have a cluster headache.
- Gender: Men are more likely to get cluster headaches when compared to women.
- Smoking: Smokers have increased risk of developing cluster headaches when compared to non-smokers.
- Age: It has been observed that people in the age group of 20-50 develop cluster headaches for the first time. However the cluster headaches can occur at any age.
- Alcohol consumption: If a person consumes alcohol, he is more likely to get cluster headaches.
What happens when cluster headaches are ignored?
When cluster headaches are ignored, they can lead to the following diseases:
- Obstructive sleep apnea
If you ignore cluster headaches it can lead to breathing problems during sleep. If you experience any of the symptoms of cluster headaches, consult a family doctor online at eVaidya now!
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