Headache

A headache is a common condition which can vary in intensity and duration, ranging from mild and fleeting to severe and persistent. While most headaches are not serious, and can be treated at home, you should speak with a pharmacist if the pain is lasting for longer than usual or is causing too much discomfort.

You might have a headache if you have:

Pain or pressure in the head or neck region
Tension or tightness in the muscles of the head, neck, or shoulders
Sensitivity to light or sound, nausea, or dizziness accompanying the headache
  • Tension headaches caused by muscle tension or stress
  • Migraine headaches triggered by factors such as hormonal changes, certain foods, or environmental stimuli
  • Cluster headaches characterised by severe, recurring pain around one eye or temple
  • Secondary headaches resulting from underlying conditions such as sinus infections, head injuries, or medication overuse
  • Pain or pressure in the head or neck region, ranging from mild to severe
  • Tension or tightness in the muscles of the head, neck, or shoulders
  • Sensitivity to light, sound, or certain odours
  • Nausea, vomiting, or dizziness accompanying the headache
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day
  • Use over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen to reduce pain
  • Practice relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, or gentle stretching exercises (if stress is the cause)

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