Thursday, August 23, 2012

How to stop a headache

Headaches are so common that it’s unlikely for people not to experience them at least once in their lifetime. That nagging pain can be caused by a number of factors including stress, hormones or fatigue, certain medications, diet, or some medical conditions. While the occasional headache is generally not cause for concern, in some cases head pain can point to more serious health problems so it’s important to consult your doctor if your headaches are persistent or affecting your life.

Top remedies to halt a headache

Gently stretching your neck and head may relieve some of the pressure that has built up, or at least stop it from worsening.

Get some shut-eye
Sleeping might give your body the time it needs to release the tension. If you’re unable to sleep, try to relax. Close your eyes in a quiet, dim room.

Go for a walk
Getting some fresh air and gentle exercise may help to clear your head so if you’re up for it, go for a walk.

Get a massage
A soothing massage can help some people, so consider booking yourself an appointment.

Many over-the-counter medications target headaches, such as Paracetamol, aspirin, and ibuprofen. Ask your pharmacist which is most appropriate for you and use as directed. Make sure to consult your doctor if you have any concerns.

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