When a headache strikes, it can feel like an eternity before it disappears. Don't stress out – if it's a tension headache, you'll just make it worse. Try these methods instead for quick relief:
- Take a warm shower – steam relieves sinus pain.
- Apply an ice pack for a maximum of 20 minutes at a time.
- Massage temples with your fingertips (better yet, get someone else to do it!).
- Place a cold, moist towel over your forehead while lying down.
- Take a walk – fresh air helps.
- Rest and take a nap.
Preventing headaches is better than treating them. We're often too quick to grab that bottle of painkillers. Here are some non-pharmaceutical ways to avoid tension headaches:
- Avoid or eliminate the stressful situation.
- Get regular exercise.
- Get plenty of rest and sleep.
- Eat regular meals – skipping meals can cause headaches.
- Avoid excess caffeine and alcohol.
- Prevent eyestrain – don't work for long periods at the computer without taking breaks to rest your eyes.
- Wear sunglasses and avoid squinting in the sun.
If you need to grab those pills, talk to your doctor or pharmacist to find the best one for you. There are a variety of headache medications to choose from. Remember to continue with the non-pharmaceutical methods above to get the best results.
No matter what, if headaches get worse or become more frequent, see your doctor.
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