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Throat - sore; Pain - throat
Clean your hands frequently, especially before eating. This is a powerful way to help prevent many sore throat infections. You might avoid some sore throats by reducing contact with people with sore throats, but often these people are contagious even before they have symptoms, so this approach is less effective.
Not too long ago, tonsils were commonly removed in an attempt to prevent sore throats. This is no longer recommended in most circumstances.
A cool mist vaporizer or humidifier can prevent some sore throats caused by breathing dry air with an open mouth.
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Full Question: Just wondered if any studies have been done to determine if depression can be a cause of migraines? I have experienced mild depression for the last 15 years during which time I also developed an increase in headaches. These were diagnosed as migraines about 8 years ago. However, I've also gone through menopause during the last 8 years, which has not changed the frequency or severity of my headaches. Thanks, Marge . Answer: Dear Marge; Depression is not the cause of Migraines, nor does depression trigger Migraines. Migraine is a genetic neurological disease. Currently, the best information we have on the cause of Migraines is overactive neurons in the brains of Migraineurs. When a Migraineur encounters their physical Migraine triggers, those neurons fire in a wave across the brain, creating a chain reaction that’s responsible for the symptoms of the Migraine attack. It is well established, however that Migraine and depression are often comorbid c...
Headaches come in all shapes and sizes, from tension headaches caused by excessive stress or even excitement to the devastating pain of cluster headaches to debilitating and recurrent migraine headaches . Headaches have one thing in common. They make you miserable.
What causes headaches ? As mentioned above, stress is one cause. Allergies , sinusitis , head colds can all bring on a headache. Some medications also can cause headaches.
Another cause of headaches is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a dangerous disorder that can cause high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks. It's also the most common cause of excessive daytime sleepiness, weight gain, impotency and, yes, headaches.
If you awaken in the morning feeling unrested, and if your throat is dry or sore, or, if you wake most mornings suffering from a dull headache that's hard to shake, then you may be a victim of sleep apnea. Other symptoms are loud snoring, jerking awake during the night and unrefreshing sleep.
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