Forehead pain is the most common type of pain, experienced by over 50% of the population at some point in their lives. Acute forehead pain is usually caused by a headache, and can be accompanied by a variety of other symptoms such as sensitivity to light and sound, fever, and fatigue. If left untreated, acute forehead pain can progress into chronic forehead pain, which is more difficult to treat and can lead to permanent disability.
Types of Forehead Pain
Forehead pain can be caused by a variety of different things, and there’s no one answer to solving it. However, understanding the different types of forehead pain can help you figure out the best course of action.
Here are the four most common types of forehead pain:
1. Migraine headaches: A migraine is a headache that usually comes on gradually and worsens with activity. It is usually treated with medication and/or rest.
2. Cluster headaches: Cluster headaches are rare but severe headaches that come in clusters (5-10 episodes per month). They can be treated with medication and/or surgery.
3.sinus headaches: Sinus headaches are often accompanied by pressure or pain in the forehead or eyes. Treatment options include over-the-counter medications, ibuprofen, and prescription antibiotics.
4. tension/facial dystonia headaches: Tension/facial dystonia headaches are characterized by chronic tension on one side of the face that can lead to headache pain and facial spasms (muscle twitches). Treatment options include over-the-counter ibuprofen, corticosteroids, and Botox injections.
Causes of Forehead Pain
Forehead pain is one of the most common types of pain. It can be caused by a number of things, including: headaches, sinus infections, TMJ problems, dental problems, and head trauma. Here are some of the more common causes of forehead pain:
Headache is the most common type of headache, and it’s often caused by stress or tension in the neck or head. One common cause of headaches is a misaligned jaw joint. This can cause pressure on the brain (known as secondary headache), or it can cause a rotator cuff tear in the shoulder that lodges in the neck. In either case, treating the underlying problem usually resolves the headache.
Sinus infections are a common cause of headache and forehead pain. The bacteria that causes sinus infections can spread to the brain through the nose, causing meningitis (a serious infection of the tissues around the brain). When this happens, you may have fever, neck stiffness, and a severe headache. Treatment for sinus infections usually includes antibiotics and nasal irrigation (using a saline solution to flush out your sinuses).
Symptoms of Forehead Pain
Forehead pain can be a sign of a number of conditions, including: a headache, sinus pain, dental pain, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain. Here are four signs you may have Forehead Pain:
1. You consistently experience headaches or pressure on one side of your head.
2. You have difficulty opening your mouth fully due to pain in the TMJ region or along the jawline below thelower lip.
3. You have a severe sore throat that lasts for more than two weeks.
4. You’re having trouble breathing through your nose because of blocked sinuses or a tight TMJ.