Health-Related Issues -- Headache

Symptoms

  • dull steady pain or pressure in the front, back, or in a band-like area around the head that increases gradually
  • throbbing pain, that may be accompanied by nausea or vomiting
  • change in vision or spots before the eyes, dizziness, or tingling (migraine headaches)

Treatment

  • take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to relieve discomfort
  • apply ice pack or warm cloth (whichever is more comfortable) to the back of neck
  • rest in darkened room
  • relaxation techniques or massage
  • rest eyes if caused by eyestrain
  • eat a nutritious snack if headache caused by hunger

Get Advice For

  • headache accompanied by fever, vomiting, or stiff neck
  • headache increase after head injury
  • headache accompanied by vomiting or change in vision, or drowsiness
  • severe headache or a headache persisting for more than 24 hours
  • headache with visual disturbance or numbness (without history of migraine)
  • pain in one eye