What does it mean when my headache is only on one side?
There are over 300 types of headache, about 90 percent of which have no known cause. However, a migraine or a cluster headache are the most likely causes of a headache on the right side of the head. Tension headaches may also cause pain on one side in some people.
Can a sinus headache just be on one side?
Sinus headaches involve pressure or pain in the forehead, brow, below or behind the eye, behind the ear, and, occasionally, sensitivity in the upper gums. This pain is typically constant and on one side, but it may be on both sides of the head.
What is unilateral throbbing headache?
Migraine headaches are commonly one-sided (unilateral). The pain is described as throbbing or pulsing, and worsens with routine physical activity, such as climbing a flight of stairs. The pain is typically moderate to severe.
How do you get rid of a one sided headache?
- apply a warm or cool compress to your head and/or neck.
- soak in a warm bath, practice deep breathing, or listen to calming music to relax.
- take a nap.
- eat something if your blood sugar is low.
- take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), or acetaminophen (Tylenol)
How do you know if you have a sinus headache?
Signs and symptoms of sinus headaches may include:
- Pain, pressure and fullness in your cheeks, brow or forehead.
- Worsening pain if you bend forward or lie down.
- Stuffy nose.
- Achy feeling in your upper teeth.
Where is a sinus headache located?
Sinus headache typically occurs in the area of the sinuses (see Figure 1)—in the area of the cheeks (maxillary sinus), bridge of the nose (ethmoid sinus), or above the eyes (frontal sinus). Less often it may refer pain to the top or back of the head (sphenoid sinus—see Figure 2 ).
What causes a throbbing pain in the head?
Many things trigger migraines, including stress, loud noises, certain foods, or changes in the weather. This type of headache causes throbbing or pulsing pain, often on one side of your head. A migraine usually starts slowly, then ramps up and causes throbbing or pulsing pain.