• Identify precipitating factors including foods, alcohol, and oversleeping. Trigger foods typically
• Avoid overuse of pain relievers. Rebound headaches can occur when pain relievers are taken too often, reducing your body’s natural ability to fight pain. When using over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, follow package directions.
Using medication should be only one part of a wellness program. Life-style changes—such as avoidance of any known headache triggers, personal and counselling, stress management, and relaxation therapy—should accompany any drug plan your doctor prescribes.
Some signs that the headache is a sign of a serious disorder include change in headache pattern, headache is associated with a neurological or medical problem, vision changes, the pain becomes progressively more severe or is the ‘worst’ headache ever experienced, or individual is using prescription or over-the-counter pain relievers every day.
How do I treat a headache?
In most cases, you will probably find relief in OTC pain relievers (aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen).
• For chronic headaches, you should consult your physician. • For sinus headaches, decongestants and antibiotics can provide relief.