What’s causing your headache, you’d be surprised, and what you can do about it

What’s causing your headache, you’d be surprised, and what you can do about it
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November 7, 2022 | 9:54 a.m.

MANILA, Philippines — Headaches are a common phenomenon that happen to even the healthiest of us, but what are they?

According to norman harden neurologist, a headache is pain felt in the head or face, sometimes in the upper part of the neck. There are also pain-sensitive structures in the head and face that cause headaches, such as the skin, bones, and structures in the eyes, nose, mouth, and even the jaw and teeth. The brain, although believed by many to be where headaches come from, is not sensitive to pain and therefore not a source.

There are many reasons why our head hurts. Some common, and some surprising and unexpected! Here, we list a few:

1. Flu

What's causing your headache, you'd be surprised, and what you can do about it

Of all the causes of headaches and fever, the flu deserves first place.

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Of all the causes of headaches and fever, the flu deserves first place. According to a 2016 national report pollInfluenza is more frequent between June and November, coinciding with the monsoon season. This transmitted through droplets from coughing, talking, and sneezing or by contact with anything the infected person has come into contact with.

2. Vaccination

When you get inoculated with any type of vaccine, the body goes to work building a certain level of immunity against the disease. Consequently, you may experience headache and feveramong other side effects.

3. Time

What's causing your headache, you'd be surprised, and what you can do about it

Sometimes the environment you’re in is the prime suspect for a headache.

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You don’t have to be sick to have a headache or a fever. Sometimes the environment you’re in, especially considering the seasons, is the prime suspect. Changes in weather and temperature are triggers for headaches. So is atmospheric pollen during certain times of the year: they can trigger allergies and sinus infectionswhich can cause fever.

4. Weekend headache

Weekends are usually reserved for sleeping or relaxing while doing slow, leisurely activities, so it’s a good idea to skip or delay your caffeine intake.

But this particular headache is caused by caffeine withdrawal, which usually begins 12 to 24 hours after your last sip, after consistently drinking coffee in the mornings throughout the work week.

5. Sugar headache

What's causing your headache, you'd be surprised, and what you can do about it

Sugar or carbohydrates may be the cause of headaches, according to neurology professor Dr. Peter Goadsby.

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A little caution for those with a sweet tooth or those who like to load up on carbs: Sugar or carbs can be a cause of headaches, according to neurology professor Dr. Peter Goadsby. Foods high in sugar or refined carbohydrates cause your blood sugar to rise, triggering what’s called “reactive hypoglycemia,” a condition in which too much insulin leads to low blood sugar , and headache is one of the symptoms.

6. High altitude headache

Do you have plans for a trip to the highlands soon? Well, that can be cause for a headache. According to the UK National Health Servicetraveling to high altitudes, where there could be a change in barometric pressureit can cause altitude sickness or what is also known as acute mountain sickness, of which headache is a main symptom.

Control fever and headache

When it comes to headaches, mild and moderate pain and fever, there is always Paracetamol (Biogesic). This brand has been caring for generations of Filipinos for over 50 years and is even the most prescribed brand among oral pain and fever medications. It can also be taken on an empty stomach.

Have Paracetamol (Biogesic) on hand at home and experience the care it provides.

For more information visit www.unilab.com.ph/biogesic/alagang-biogesic either www.facebook.com/biogesic. To buy Paracetamol (Biogesic), you can go to your nearest Mercury Drug Stores, Watsons and South Star Drug stores across the country or buy via e-commerce at to buy Y lacing.

If symptoms persist consult your doctor.

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Ref. ASC. No.: U175P091322BS

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