Most of the time headaches get
better or go away with home treatment and do not require a visit to a doctor.
Home treatment for headaches can often help reduce the severity of pain and the
length of time the pain is present. Home treatment may also relieve other
symptoms, such as fever, nausea or vomiting, anxiety, or muscle aches. Start
home treatment as soon as you can. Be sure to review the home treatment
information for any other symptoms you may have.
If your doctor has
prescribed a specific treatment for your headaches, begin treatment as soon as
a headache starts. Be sure to follow his or her instructions when taking any
prescription medicine for your headache.
mild pain without other symptoms, try the
- Rest in a quiet, dark room.
- Place a
cool compress on your forehead.
- Do not smoke, drink alcohol, or use
Medicine you can buy without a prescription
| Try a nonprescription
medicine to help treat your fever or pain:|
Talk to your child's doctor before switching back and
forth between doses of acetaminophen and ibuprofen. When you switch between two
medicines, there is a chance your child will get too much medicine.
| Be sure to follow these
safety tips when you use a nonprescription medicine:|
- Carefully read and follow all directions
on the medicine bottle and box.
- Do not take more than the
- Do not take a medicine if you have had an
allergic reaction to it in the past.
you have been told to avoid a medicine, call your doctor before you take
- If you are or could be pregnant, do not take any medicine other
than acetaminophen unless your doctor has told you to.
- Do not give aspirin to anyone younger than age 20 unless your doctor tells you to.
You may be able to reduce the frequency and severity of your
headaches by trying: