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Mild Headache Treatment

1. Take Pain Medication

2. Try Self-Care Strategies

  • Apply a cool cloth or ice pack to the forehead, temples, or back of the neck.
  • Massage the person's neck and back to relieve muscle tension.
  • Apply gentle, rotating pressure to the painful area of the head.
  • Have the person rest or take a warm bath or shower.

3. When to Call a Health Care Provider

Seek medical care immediately for:


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Reviewed by Neil Lava, MD on November 22, 2015

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