Primary headaches are stand-alone illnesses caused directly by the overactivity of, or problems with, structures in the head that are pain-sensitive. This includes the blood vessels, muscles, and nerves of the head and neck. They may also result from changes in chemical activity in the brain.
What are the different types of headaches?
There are 150 different types of headaches. The most common ones are Tension-type headaches: They are the most common type of headache among adults and teens. They cause mild to moderate pain and to come and go over time and usually have no other symptoms.
Can you get a headache from stress?
No wonder you have a headache. Headaches are more likely to occur when you’re stressed. Stress is the most common cause of tension-type headaches and can trigger other types of headaches or make them worse. But stress doesn’t have to go to your head.
Headaches can be annoying and debilitating. Make an effort to identify any behaviors that may trigger or contribute to your headache pattern.
Any pain medication taken on a long-term basis can cause a headache when suddenly stopped. This is called rebound or a withdrawal headache. If you take more medication to relieve the pain, the headache-rebound-headache cycle continues.
Caffeine withdrawal can cause a mild headache. Options are to avoid caffeine entirely or to continue moderate use to avoid withdrawal. If you choose to stop chronic caffeine use and get caffeine withdrawal headaches, they should last no more than a few days.
Alcohol use can cause a headache and dehydration especially after consumption of large quantities (binge drinking).
Nicotine in tobacco products has been shown to cause a headache. Avoiding these products may decrease the number of headaches as well as greatly improve overall health.
You started with a seemingly perfect skin—until you hit puberty. Hormones surge through your body causing havoc to your metabolic processes. Sebum production is increased, as well, causing your face to get easily greasy. You tried your best to minimize breakouts.
Finally, your puberty is over and your skin returns to normal. For a couple of years or so, acne breakouts no longer frighten you. You thought it is gone forever—or so you think—until you get pregnant.
Pregnancy and Acne
During pregnancy, the production of certain hormones in the body is increased. This is supposed to support the growth of a new organism inside. While this supports the survival of the new life and proves to serve the best interest of rearing a new life, it comes with a price: acne.
On the first and second trimesters of pregnancy, the mother produces increased amounts of androgens. This hormone supports growth and development of the baby inside her womb.
Its ability to increase the growth and reproduction rates of cells, however, isn’t just confined to the baby but extends to the mother’s skin, as well. As a result, the skin produces more amounts of sebum and skin cells tend to grow and reproduce faster than usual. The change in the growth and reproduction rates of the cells, coupled with elevated amounts of sebum in the skin, increase the likelihood of the pores being clogged and cause acne.
Comparably, acne caused by puberty is easier to treat than that caused by pregnancy. For one, some cosmetics have active ingredients that, while they treat acne effectively, are harmful to the fetus. Thus, a pregnant woman has to be careful with what product to use in her face.
Natural Remedies for Pregnancy Acne
Instead of resorting to the use of common skin products designed to treat acne, a safer way to treat it without fearing for its adverse effect on the growing fetus inside the womb is to use natural remedies.
The following natural remedies are not only used for acne by people for years now, they are also composed of basic ingredients that are harmful and neutral but highly effective.
#1 Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar works perfectly as a natural toner. It helps remove excess oil and control the production of sebum.
To use, dilute one part of vinegar with three parts of distilled water. Soak a cotton ball on the mixture and apply to your skin like a regular toner. This will help absorb excess oil and remove dead skin cells.
Apple cider vinegar contains alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) and a wealth of natural enzymes to keep acne at bay.
Apple cider vinegar smells like vomit to some. If you do not like to use it because of such an issue, you can use lemon juice as an alternative.
Citrus fruits, like lemon and limes, natural contain AHA which helps remove dead skin cells and free your pores up. Soak a cotton to the juice and apply it to face like a regular toner. Leave it on for 10 minutes or until the juice dries up. Rinse it with cold water afterward. Leaving it longer will irritate your skin as lemon juice is such as powerful exfoliant.
#3 Oatmeal and cucumber
Another great exfoliant is oatmeal. You can use it as a cleanser to remove dirt and excess sebum without the need for soap. Because it’s rich in saponins, a compound that binds with and removes dirt and oil, oatmeal has been a popular ingredient in many cleansers.
Oatmeal is best combined with cucumber, which has a nourishing, moisturizing and cooling effect on the skin. You can blend the two ingredients and apply them on your face as a face mask.
To boost its effects, it is best to combine oatmeal and cucumber with honey and yogurt. Apply the mixture to the skin of the face for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing it off with water.
You might even want to try the all-natural mask after pregnancy. It’s all-natural yet all effective.
Not only is honey safe for the skin, it also has antimicrobial and healing effects that makes it an effective natural remedy for acne. Bees make honey to nourish the young thus it is relatively harmless for pregnant women.
In addition, honey has is a good exfoliant. A pregnant woman produces elevated levels of hormones, such as androgens, to support the growth and development of the baby. One of its effects on the skin that contributes to acne, is it causes skin cells to grow faster than the usual rate.
This can contribute to the clogging of the pores. Regular application of honey as part of skin regimen ensures that dead skin cells are removed and prevented from blocking the pores.
#5 Coconut oil
A skincare regimen is not completed without moisturizer. Unfortunately, most moisturizers in the market have a lot of synthetic chemicals in them. If you want an all-natural one, which does its job without added ingredients, you can try virgin coconut oil.
After cleaning your face with a mixture of cucumber, yogurt, honey and oatmeal, and applying apple cider vinegar or lemon as a toner, apply virgin coconut oil. It is best applied during sleep as it can nourish your skin, as well.
If you are trying to go outside and you are concerned about looking greasy on the face, apply virgin coconut oil an hour or so before you leave. The oil will get absorbed well and will not be noticeable anymore.
Acne is an inflammatory response thus anything that could irritate your skin will likely to cause a breakout. You want to clean your skin without overdoing it thus do not over wash.
Even though you are using natural products for your skin, they can still strip your skin of natural moisture and mess up with the natural microbiome. Both are important for a healthy acne-free skin. In addition, irritation can trigger excess sebum production.
Lastly, remember to exfoliate every other day or after two weeks. Do not do it daily as it will irritate your skin and could lead to worse problems than acne.
Perimenopause, or menopause transition, begins several years before menopause. It’s the time when the ovaries gradually begin to make less estrogen. It usually starts in a woman’s 40s but can start in her 30s or even earlier. Perimenopause lasts up until menopause, the point when the ovaries stop releasing eggs.
the average age for menopause being 50 in Ireland, perimenopause generally starts for women in their mid-40s. However, it is possible for perimenopause to start in the late 30s (early or premature menopause) and early 40s.
Hormone production and rebalancing
As hormone production in our ovaries slows down, our bodies are designed to produce estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, at other sites in the body. For instance, estrogen, progesterone, and androgens are produced in the adrenal glands, body fat, the skin and the brain.
According to medical sources around 10% of women in Ireland experiencing difficult symptoms will require medical treatment such as HRT. The majority, however, will not require this treatment. If symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats become unbearable, HRT may provide relief for some women. For most of us, symptoms can be managed through lifestyle changes such as adapting our diet and nutrition, taking exercise and learning to relax. Difficult symptoms may be alleviated by using alternative or complementary treatments and therapies such as acupuncture, homeopathy, reflexology, and naturopathy.
The sooner we accept that we are perimenopausal the better. By addressing the symptoms and spending some time and energy looking after our health we will be able to keep them at bay.
Perimenopause can last anywhere from 3 to 10 years. Technically, premenopause lasts from when a woman has her first period to when she gets her final period and enters menopause.
If a woman experiences menopause before age 45, doctors refer to this as early menopause. If menopause occurs before age 40, it is known as premature menopause.
There are some instances when a doctor might recommend a medication- or surgically-induced menopause. This will cause menopause to occur earlier or more quickly that it would do naturally.
While hormone levels fluctuate naturally during premenopause, a woman is unlikely to have symptoms related to a loss of estrogen.
Instead, a woman in premenopause will usually have regular or semi-regular periods, be fertile, and may experience symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Symptoms of PMS include:
anxiety or irritability
There are great natural remedies that help.
Nutrition and Supplements – Herbs for Menopause
Try the following natural remedies and menopause treatments, including herbs:
Soy foods. The isoflavones in soy foods help balance hormone levels and have some estrogenic activity. There is ongoing research about the safety and efficacy of isolated soy isoflavone supplements. While the initial results look promising, we currently recommend using natural soy foods rather than supplements. Choose from tofu, soy milk, roasted soy nuts or tempeh.
Flaxseed. Substances called lignins in flaxseed are important modulators of hormone metabolism. Grind flaxseed daily in a coffee grinder at home and use 1 to 2 tablespoons a day.
Dong quaiquai. Dong quai (Angelica sinensis) is known both in China and the West for its ability to support and maintain the natural balance of female hormones. It does not have estrogenic activity. This is one of the herbs for menopause that should not be taken if a woman is experiencing heavy bleeding.
Black cohosh (Cumicifuga racemosa). One of the best-studied traditional herbs for menopause, black cohosh is used to help alleviate some symptoms of menopause and is considered an effective hot flash remedy. Black cohosh seems to work by supporting and maintaining hormonal levels, which may lessen the severity of hot flashes. Many women report that the herb works well but it isn’t effective for everyone. While any therapy that influences hormonal actions should be a concern, black cohosh does not appear to have estrogenic activity and thus may be safe for women with a personal or family history of breast cancer.
Vitamin E. A daily dose of 400 IUs of natural vitamin E (as mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols) can help alleviate symptoms of hot flashes in some menopausal women.
B vitamins. This group of water-soluble vitamins may help women deal with the stress of menopausal symptoms.
Evening primrose oil or black currant oil. These are sources of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid that can help influence prostaglandin synthesis and help moderate menopausal symptoms.