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Symptoms and Signs of Cluster Headache

Written by Avinash Ramani, M.S. (Biotechnology)  | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Nithin Jayan, MBBS, DNB on Feb 24, 2014
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Symptoms and Signs of Cluster Headache

Cluster headaches begin as a severe, sudden headache, usually occurring 2 to 3 hours after falling asleep. An intense, sharp, burning and steady pain occurs on one side of the head and tends to get worse, reaching its peak within 10 minutes.

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Typical Cluster headaches are associated with the following symptoms-

  • Burning sensation and discomfort in one side of face and head.
  • Inflammation (redness and swelling) of the one eye
  • Drooping and swelling of the eyelids on the affected side.
  • A smaller pupil during the attack
  • Watering / Tears from the eye on the affected side
Cluster Headaches Tears on Eyes
  • Excessive sweating of face and temples
  • A blocked or runny nose (Rhinorrhea) on the affected side of the face
  • Red, flushed face on the affected side
  • Light sensitivity and intolerance to bright or flashy lights.

References:

  1. Cluster headache - (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000786.htm)
  2. Cluster Headache FAQs - (http://www.emedicinehealth.com/cluster_headache_faqs/article_em.htm)

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