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Experiencing a tightening sensation on forehead. Cause and cure?

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my 19 year old son is experiencing a tightning sensation in his forehead otherwise healthy .i am a worrier and always think of the worst .this has only been present in the past 24 hrs .
Posted Wed, 13 Mar 2013 in Headache and Migraines
Answered by Dr. Surendiran Gaj 24 minutes later
Hi there,

Thanks for writing to us,

It is actually common for headaches to start in adolescence; they are usually idiopathic and self limiting.
The causes of headaches in adolescence include either one or a combination of factors. The most common factors include genetic predisposition, especially in the case of migraine. Other rare causes include
- head trauma, produced by accidental falls;
- illness and infection, for example in the presence of ear or sinus infection;
- environmental factors, which include weather changes;
- emotional factors, like stress, anxiety, and depression; foods and beverages, caffeine or food additives; change in sleep or routine pattern.

Although most cases of headaches in children are considered to be benign related to idiopathic (unknown) factor, other may be related to migraine. Therefore you need not be worried.

If he continuously expressing the symptoms for more than 48 hours ,it is advisable to consult an neurologist and get an expert opinion to look for possible structural disorders of the central nervous system through CT scan.

Hope this answers your query.
Let me know if you have further questions.

Take care.

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