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Headaches

Most headaches go away on their own and are not a sign of something more serious. There are things you can do to help ease a headache.

To help ease a headache, drink plenty of water, try to rest and relax, and take paracetamol and ibuprofen if you need to.

Common causes of headaches include having a cold or the flu, stress, drinking too much alcohol and eyesight problems.

Read more on the NHS website.

To help ease a headache, drink plenty of water, try to rest and relax, and take paracetamol and ibuprofen if you need to.

Self-care

Headaches can last between 30 minutes and several hours.


Do

  • drink plenty of water

  • get plenty of rest if you have a cold or the flu

  • try to relax – stress can make headaches worse

  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen


Don't

  • do not drink alcohol

  • do not skip meals (even if you might not feel like eating anything)

  • do not sleep more than you usually would – it can make the headache worse

  • do not strain your eyes for a long time – for example, by looking at a screen

Read more on the NHS website.

Common causes of headaches include having a cold or the flu, stress, drinking too much alcohol and eyesight problems.

Read more on the NHS website.