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From minor tension headaches to severe migraines, the articles in this section explain what's behind your headache and how it can be effectively -- and safely -- treated.

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10 Types of Headaches and How to Combat Them

 10 Types of Headaches and How to Combat Them

10 types of headaches and how to combat them are discussed by HowStuffWorks.com. Find out what makes a headache and what you can do to prevent it. See more »

Headache Quiz

 Headache Quiz

This headache quiz will test your knowledge about this common ailment. See how you score on this headache quiz from Discovery Health. See more »

Mysterious Headache Quiz

 Mysterious Headache Quiz

Headaches that occur frequently can be a sign of a serious condition. Take this quiz and test your knowledge of headache pain. See more »

Headache Exercises

 Headache Exercises

Headache exercises can help ease debilitating tension headaches. Learn about the source of this pain and headache exercises for relief. See more »

Headaches 101

 Headaches 101

Headaches are a frequent pain (literally) for many. What causes headaches, and can they be prevented? Are primary or secondary headaches more dangerous? See more »

Migraines Overview

 Migraines Overview

Migraines affect the lives of between 12 and 24 million Americans. Find out why migraines are so greatly underdiagnosed. See more »

Heal Your Sinuses

 Heal Your Sinuses

Healing your sinuses can have a positive effect on your life. Learn more about healing your sinuses from Discovery Health. See more »

Food and Headaches

 Food and Headaches

The relationship between food and headaches will surprise you. Learn more about food and headaches from HowStuffWorks. See more »

Medication and Rebound Headaches

 Medication and Rebound Headaches

Medication and rebound headaches is good information to know for your overall health. Learn more about medication and rebound headaches from HowStuffWorks. See more »

 Triptans and Migraines

Triptans and migraines are good to know about for your overall health. Learn more about triptans and migraines from HowStuffWorks. See more »