Cluster Headache

Friday, October 04, 2013

A cluster headache is one-sided head pain that may involve tearing of the eyes and a stuffy nose. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about these types of headaches in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A cluster headache is a rare type of headache in which there is very bad pain on one side of the head, often around the eye. The pain lasts from 15 minutes to two hours, but comes back at about the same time each day and may happen up to eight times in a day.

With the headache, you may notice other changes on the same side of your face, such as eye redness or tearing, stuffy or runny nose, or swelling of the eyelid, forehead, or face. You may also have a droopy eyelid or changes in the size of the pupil.

Cluster headache is more common in men than in women. It usually starts between 20 and 40 years of age.

Treatment starts with avoiding things that trigger the headache. These can include alcohol, tobacco smoke, or things you may be allergic to. Once symptoms start, oxygen therapy or prescription medicines are the best treatments. Your doctor may also prescribe medicines that can reduce the number of headaches.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.