Headache Behind the Eyes
Pain and headache behind the eyes may be a symptom of different types of headaches and even other health problems. If it is a dull ache?
Is it a headache behind one eye, or both? Does it bother you more when you move your eyes? Is it more painful in the morning or in the evening?
What Causes Behind the Eyes Headache?
Sometimes infection or just inflammation of the frontal sinuses can lead to a dull, throbbing pain between or behind the eyes.
If that is the case, it may tend to be worse in the mornings and is accompanied with frequent tearing, congestion, runny nose, fever and sensitivity to light.
Swimming in dirty water, airborne allergies, even a cold or the flu may cause or be associated with sinus headache.
What Can Be Done To Reduce the Pain of Behind the Eyes Headache?
To eliminate pain behind the eyes, you should attempt to reduce inflammation and sinus swelling. Inhaling steam and applying heat over affected area combined with Vitamin C and zinc intake will facilitate the mucus drainage and help to boost ones immune mechanism to reduce sinus headache.
Typically, ice is used to reduce inflammation, but if we are trying to promote drainage then heat is a better choice.
Less commonly people complain that they have an extreme one-sided headache especially involving the area around or behind one eye.
This is a typical description of
Other symptoms associated with cluster headache can include eye redness or tearing, smaller pupil on the affected side of the face and stuffy, runny nose.
are very severe and last from 25 minutes to a couple of hours. They may recur several times a day for up to 10-12 weeks and than disappear for a few months or even years.
Other Causes of Headaches Behind the Eyes
Eye strain can be among other factors that can be the main reason for a headache behind the eyes. Eyestrain occurs if the eyes are forced to focus on a close object (a newspaper, computer screen) for a long period of time, without focusing periodically at distant objects or due to uncorrected vision problems.
Under normal conditions, one does this with out causing headaches. It there is a weakening of the structures, then one becomes a candidate for the strain to trigger a headache behind the eyes.
Side Note About Glaucoma
As one ages, we becomes more of a candidate for Glaucoma which is caused by increased pressure within the eyeball.
If left unchecked, can require immediate medical attention as it may lead to optic nerve damage and loss of sight. Nowadays glaucoma may be treated by prescription drugs or surgery.
As for prevention, a majority of risk factors for glaucoma, including genetics, age and race, cannot be prevented or controlled.
Therefore, the most important thing to remember to help prevent glaucoma is that it is necessary to have regular eye examinations by a medical professional, especially if you are over the age of 20.
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