Left-sided headache and everything you need to know about it

Left-sided headache and everything you need to know about it

Left-sided headache and everything you need to know about it

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A headache on the left side can be caused by a number of things. Understanding the causes of pain and how to treat them can help a person manage their symptoms and determine when professional aid is needed.

Around half of all adults around the globe suffer from headaches. Some headaches are minor and may be treated at home, while others are more serious and require medical attention.

Seek medical help if you have a headache that is accompanied by blurred vision, nausea, or any other symptom that is alarming.

Here are the two common types of headache;



Migraine and cluster headaches are two types of headaches that induce discomfort on the left side. We will go over each one in detail below.

Headaches can develop in any part of the body, including the left side.

Migraine headaches can range from mild to severe on the left side. In the United States, the ailment affects 12% of the population, with 17 percent of women and 6% of males suffering from it.

A migraine headache might throb and be more severe on one side than the other. The discomfort might start around the eye or temple and then extend throughout the head.

Other migraine symptoms include visual disturbances, nausea, and vomiting, as well as dizziness. Numbness or tingling sensations in the face or extremities acute sensitivity to sound, light, touch, or scent numbness or tingling sensations in the face or extremities.

Cluster Headache


A cluster headache is characterized by extreme pain on one side of the head, typically around the corners of eye. The pain might be excruciating, with sharp, searing, or piercing sensations.

Cluster headaches affect about 1% of the population in the United States. The headaches usually appear in a series of episodes lasting 4–12 weeks, then go away, sometimes for years. They frequently affect the same side of the body.

The following are some common characteristics:

Discomfort behind one eye, one side of the temple, or one side of the forehead that begins at night and generally lasts 1–2 hours pain that peaks after 5–10 minutes severe pain that lasts 30–60 minutes less intense pain that may last up to 3 hours.

Symptoms that are related to this condition include:

  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Watering and redness in one eye
  • Droopy eyelid
  • Sweaty face
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