General Information

Most Headaches are temporary and are caused by tension of the muscles in the forehead and back of the head, or from fatigue, eye strain or emotional upset. Some may be due to infection, injury allergy, eye , ear, nose disorders, or other problems. A headache that happens without other symptoms and disappears over several hours is probably not reason for concern.

Migraine headaches are severe , throbbing head aches. We think that migraines result from narrowing and swelling of the blood vessels in the head. Most people also have nausea, vomiting and cannot tolerate light or noise. Migraines may last from a few hours to as long as 3 days. Treatment includes headache medication and avoiding things that trigger attacks.


To help get rid of your headache, try some or all of the following measures:

  • Stretch and massage the muscles in your shoulders, neck, jaw, and scalp.
  • Take a hot bath.
  • Lie down and place a warm, dry cloth, or cold wet cloth, or an ice pack (whichever feels better) over the aching area.
  • You do not need to restrict your diet, but do not skip meals or delay meals for very long. Drink plenty of liquids.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages and cigarette smoking. These may often make your headache worse.
  • A good nights sleep is often the best way to get rid of a headache.

Go to Emergency or See a Doctor if:

  1. Your headache gets worse.
  2. You have a temperature higher than 38.5 C (101F) that Tylenol (acetaminophen) does not help.
  3. You are drowsy or have mental confusion.
  4. You have a stiff neck.
  5. You develop vomiting.