Compression Headaches

1 What are External Compression Headaches

External compression headaches usually occur due to pressure on the forehead or scalp.

This usually happens in people especially athletes that wear helmets and eye protections.

It affects people who have a history of migranes more although the reason why this happens is not known.

Other causes include wearing tight headbands or hats. Removing the headwear decreases the pressure and relieves pain.

2 Symptoms

The main symptom of external compression headaches is moderate, constant pain.

It usually causes pain around the area where pressure is being applied.

If the cause of the pain is not removed and persists, the pain becomes more severeas time passes.

If it still persists it can cause the affected individual to reduce his/her movements as this is the only way in which the intensity of the headache reduces.

3 Causes

Headwear like tight hats, headbands, helmets and goggles are the main causes of external compression headaches.

4 Treatment

Several treatment methods are used for external compression headaches.

Removing headwear can reduce headaches.

Treatment by medications is usually not required, although people with a history of migranes may need migraine medication to relieve pain.

Relief usually appears within an hour after taking off the headwear that caused the headache.

Other treatments include lying downand applying ice to the forehead.

5 Prevention

Avoiding tight headwear can help prevent external compression headaches.

Removing headwear temporarily can help to remove pressure.

6 Risks and Complications

The only risk for developing external compression headaches is wearing tight headwear.

One complication that can occur as a result of external compression headaches is the development of migranes since pressure is applied on the vessels of the head for a long period of time.

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