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Working title: Oxygen treatment can relieve cluster headaches

Working title: Oxygen treatment can relieve cluster headaches

DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I had an extremely painful headache that was diagnosed as a cluster headache in the emergency department. I was treated with oxygen, and the pain disappeared. Is it common to treat headaches with oxygen, or is this a treatment specific to this type of headache?

ANSWER: If you have cluster headaches and begin having a painful attack, a common and established therapy is using 100 percent oxygen delivered with a face mask. This often relieves the pain within about 15 minutes. Although oxygen has been investigated for treating migraine, there's no good evidence supporting this use. Oxygen isn't known to be useful in other types of headaches.

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