What are some of the symptoms of a headache?
Symptoms of a headache can vary depending on the type of headache you have. Most headaches will have some or all of these symptoms:
1. Pain in the head
2. Pain or discomfort in the neck
3. A tender scalp
They can be severe and last for many hours or come on quickly and disappear.
The signs of a headache depend on the type you’ve got, but usually include pain in the head.
There are many different types of headache. For example, migraines which tend to affect just one side of your head, or cluster headaches which can occur regularly over a certain period of time.
These are most common types:
The most common headache type is called tension type headache. It often feels like a tight band of pressure around your head.
Possible symptoms vary according to the cause and severity of your headache:
The pain generally ranges from mild to moderate and can last anywhere from half an hour to a number of days.
As the name suggests, cluster headaches come on in episodes which last between 15 minutes to three hours. Some people can get up to eight cluster headaches in a single day.
Cluster headache can feel much more severe than a tension headache. They are more likely to happen in men than in women but anyone can get them.
What causes headaches?
The exact cause of a headache can be difficult to pinpoint. Different types of headaches have different causes.
If you’re unsure of the cause of your headaches, seek medical advice.
The most common triggers of different types of headache are:
How to relieve a headache?
Once a migraine or tension headache starts, try treating it with suitable pain-relieving medicine, such as Panadol Rapid.
Other methods of management you can try for mild-to-moderate headaches include:
Over-the-counter pain medication and home remedies may help you feel better, but it’s important to address the underlying cause to avoid recurring head pain. Always consult your doctor as a first step.
What relief can be used for a headache?
Over-the-counter medicines like paracetamol and ibuprofen may be useful if you have headaches less frequently than once every two weeks.
More frequent headaches, migraine and cluster headaches will need attention from a doctor to advise on treatment.
A dose of 1000 mg of paracetamol or Panadol Extra which contains an additional 65 mg of caffeine can be effective in treating acute migraine headaches.