Cluster headachesOverview

overview

Cluster headaches are a rare type of severe headache.

symptoms

The main symptom of a cluster headache is attacks of severe pain in 1 side of your head, often felt around your eye.

causes

The exact cause of cluster headaches is unclear. They can sometimes be triggered by alcohol or strong smells like perfume, paint or petrol.

treatments_overview

The main treatments for cluster headaches are injections or nasal sprays that you use soon after a headache starts.

prevention

You can help prevent cluster headaches by avoiding things that trigger them. Doctors can also prescribe medicine to help prevent attacks.

Page last reviewed: 22/05/2017
Next review due: 22/05/2020