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What are some self-care strategies for a mild headache?

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If you want to treat your headache without medication, here are some tips:

  • Drink plenty of liquids. Dehydration can cause or worsen a headache.
  • Apply a cool cloth or ice pack to your forehead, temples, or back of the neck.
  • Massage your neck and back to relieve muscle tension.
  • Apply gentle, rotating pressure to the painful area on your head.
  • Take time to rest.
  • Take a warm bath or shower.

From: Mild Headache First Aid WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Headache Society: "Types of Headaches" and "Sinus Headache or Migraine?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Headache Treatment Overview;" "Self-Care Treatment for Headaches;" "When to Call the Doctor About Your Headache Symptoms;" and "Headache Treatment Overview."

FamilyDoctor.org, "Hydration: Why it is so Important."

HealthyChildren: "Choosing Over-the-Counter Medicines for Your Child."

Headache Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 02, 2018

SOURCES:

American Headache Society: "Types of Headaches" and "Sinus Headache or Migraine?"

Cleveland Clinic: "Headache Treatment Overview;" "Self-Care Treatment for Headaches;" "When to Call the Doctor About Your Headache Symptoms;" and "Headache Treatment Overview."

FamilyDoctor.org, "Hydration: Why it is so Important."

HealthyChildren: "Choosing Over-the-Counter Medicines for Your Child."

Headache Information from eMedicineHealth .

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 02, 2018

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