External compression headaches can occur when anything worn on your head puts continuous pressure on your forehead or scalp.
They're most often experienced by athletes who use helmets, eye protection or both for sports. External compression headaches are also sometimes known by names that come from the type of equipment causing the headache, such as "swim-goggle headache" or "football-helmet headache."
Other common causes of external compression headaches include tightfitting hats and headbands.
With external compression headaches, the solution is as obvious as the cause. Simply remove the headwear causing the pressure.
March 20, 2015
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