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How can you treat a tension headache at home?

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If you have a tension headache, place a heating pad on your neck or the back of your head. If you have a sinus headache, hold a warm cloth to the area that hurts. A warm shower might also do the trick.

SOURCES:

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "Have a Headache at Work? 13 Quick Fixes."

National Headache Foundation: "Hot and Cold Packs/Showers."

National Health Service (UK): "Sinus headache."

Blau, JN. , published online May 2004. Headache

The International Headache Classification ICHD-2: "External Compression Headache."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Managing Your Migraines"

National Health Service (UK): "10 Headache Triggers."

National Headache Foundation: "Bruxism."

American Headache Society: "Dental Appliances and Headache."

The Migraine Trust: "Medication for Migraine."

American Headache Society: "Acute Therapy: Why Not Over-The-Counter or Other Nonspecific Options?"

American Headache Society: "Ten Things That You and Your Patients with Migraine Should Know."

Lawrence C. Newman, MD, President, American Headache Society and Director, Headache Institute, Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital, New York City.

American Academy of Neurology: "Migraine Headache."

American Migraine Foundation: "Headache Hygiene - What is it?"

American College of Physicians: "Managing Migraine."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Chronic Daily Headache."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 21, 2018

SOURCES:

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center: "Have a Headache at Work? 13 Quick Fixes."

National Headache Foundation: "Hot and Cold Packs/Showers."

National Health Service (UK): "Sinus headache."

Blau, JN. , published online May 2004. Headache

The International Headache Classification ICHD-2: "External Compression Headache."

Mount Sinai Hospital: "Managing Your Migraines"

National Health Service (UK): "10 Headache Triggers."

National Headache Foundation: "Bruxism."

American Headache Society: "Dental Appliances and Headache."

The Migraine Trust: "Medication for Migraine."

American Headache Society: "Acute Therapy: Why Not Over-The-Counter or Other Nonspecific Options?"

American Headache Society: "Ten Things That You and Your Patients with Migraine Should Know."

Lawrence C. Newman, MD, President, American Headache Society and Director, Headache Institute, Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital, New York City.

American Academy of Neurology: "Migraine Headache."

American Migraine Foundation: "Headache Hygiene - What is it?"

American College of Physicians: "Managing Migraine."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Chronic Daily Headache."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on May 21, 2018

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