Tension-type headaches are not life threatening and are usually relieved by painkillers or lifestyle changes.
Relaxation techniques can often help with stress-related headaches.
This may include:
- applying a cool flannel to your forehead or a warm flannel to the back of your neck
Painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can be used to help relieve pain. Aspirin may also sometimes be recommended.
If you're taking these medicines, you should always follow the instructions on the packet.
Paracetamol is usually the best choice if you're pregnant. Do not take ibuprofen during pregnancy without speaking to a GP, midwife or pharmacist first.
Children under 16 should not be given aspirin.
Medicine should not be taken for more than a few days at a time.
Medicines containing codeine, such as co-codamol, should be avoided unless recommended by a GP.