Cluster Headache FAQs (cont.)
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Who gets cluster headaches?
Cluster headaches affect less than 1% of the population. Many more men than women suffer from them. (The male-to-female ratio may be as much as 5-8:1.) Most people have their first cluster headache during their mid twenties, although some have the first attacks in their teens or early fifties. Most people seem to have their most frequent attacks during middle age.
People who get cluster headaches often have a distinctive face. Typically, they are tall and rugged looking and have the following features:
Should a person with cluster headaches see a doctor?
Yes. Because of the severity of cluster headaches, the vast majority of people who have them seek medical care very soon. Those who do not must understand that a full evaluation by a doctor is needed to rule out the rare cases of cluster headache -like symptoms that might indicate meningitis (inflammation of the membranes of the brain or spinal cord), subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding in the brain), or brain tumor.
A doctor should be called if a person has any of the following problems:
Persons with any of the following problems should go or be taken to a hospital emergency department:
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/4/2016
Edward Lubin, MD, PhD
Joseph Carcione Jr, DO, MBA
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
James H Halsey, MD
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