Cluster headache is a severe type of headache, which is felt mainly in the facial area and accompanied by concomitant symptoms such as eye or facial flushing, lacrimation or running nose. The cause of this disease is not yet fully understood.
Cluster headaches are painful attacks of pain felt in one side of the head, often around the eye. Anyone of any age can be affected however cluster headaches tend to develop in people over the age of twenty and are more common in men. While the cause is still unclear, people who smoke seem to be at a higher risk.
Cluster headache is about ten times less common as migraine and is more common in men, particularly among smokers. Often the cluster headache affects patients in middle or old age. The patient suffers from sudden headaches that always occur on the same side and mostly in the temple, eye or brow area. They last about 1-2 hours. In some cases, the patient may feel a photophobia or nausea. Unlike migraine-patients, patients with cluster headache will not lie down, but have to move from the pain. Cluster headache is typically accompanied with eye redness, lacrimation, runny nose or facial redness on the painful affected side.
Cluster headaches are not life threatening but they cannot be treated with over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol as these drugs are too slow to have an effect. The patient instead will need specialist treatment. A therapy during the attack is always effective. Using migraine drugs and inhalation of pure oxygen can help. In addition, various drugs will help in reducing the frequency of the attacks.
Several years of work in academia, medical practice and finally commercialization make it possible to provide an end-to-end process to help users to “find the appropriate medical help based on their present symptoms”. Below you will find a short explanation, showing you which part of the platform will help you best in finding the appropriate medical support.
Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
Note: Your information will be kept anonymously.
Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
Enter your mobile phone number to identify yourself and you can finalize the appointment booking.
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