1. Treat Symptoms
- Have the person rest in a cool, dark room.
- Apply a cool compress or ice pack to the painful area.
- Massage the scalp.
- Give acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for pain. Discuss with a doctor which medications would be best if the person has liver or kidney disease or heart failure.
2. When to Seek Medical Help
- See a health care provider immediately or go to a hospital emergency room for a headache with stiff neck, fever, vomiting, or numbness or weakness in limbs or if the person has trouble speaking.
3. Follow Up
If you seek medical help: