Tension-type headachesOverview


A tension-type headache is the most common type of headache.


The main symptom of a tension-type headache is pain on both sides of your head. Your neck may also ache.


Tension-type headaches can be triggered by things like stress, tiredness, dehydration and loud noises.


Tension-type headaches are usually treated with painkillers. Putting a cool flannel on your forehead or a warm flannel on your neck may help.

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