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Here you can read about headaches in children and teenagers and about headaches in adults. You can read about different types of headaches, such as tension headaches, migraines and Horton’s headaches.

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Tension Headaches

The most common form of headache is tension headache. It usually goes by itself. The headache may be due to tense muscles, but it can also have other causes. The pain can often be triggered by anxiety, stress and lack of sleep.

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For example, pain may be due to an injury or illness. But sometimes it is not possible to find the cause of the pain. Pain can suddenly come and go quickly, or be prolonged and last for months. It is important that you who have been in pain for a long time get the right advice and treatment and help to manage your pain.

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Migraines are acute attacks of blasting headaches that usually last for half a day. The aches get worse as you physically exert yourself and move your head. The cause is not known, but migraines can be triggered by, for example, stress, hormone changes or some food and drink. The risk of having migraines increases if you have a relative who has it. Migraine attacks are almost always harmless.

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Headaches in children and teenagers

Headache is common in both children and teenagers. The cause is often colds and infections, but headaches can also be due to other illnesses, mental illness or lack of sleep. Often it is not possible to find an explanation for the headaches. For the most part, the pain goes away by itself, but sometimes it can sit for longer and come more often. Although it is very uncommon, headaches can in some cases be due to a serious illness.

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Headaches are very common. For example, it may be due to stress, tense muscles, colds, anxiety or visual impairment. Usually the headache goes away by itself, but sometimes it can sit for a long time or come more often. Although uncommon, headaches can be symptoms of a serious illness.

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Horton’s headache

Horton's headache comes in attacks and it then works a lot around one eye. Most often you get the attacks for a few weeks each year, for example spring or autumn. Some get hurt for longer periods, sometimes longer than a year. During a period of pain, it is common for an attack to be triggered by stress or small amounts of alcohol.