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This content does not have an English version. The more medication is used for treatment, the more tolerant of that medication a patient may become. Speak with a doctor to figure out how to effectively manage your medication. Caffeine Warnings Limit caffeine intake: Limit caffeine treatment of headaches to no more than twice a week.

More often than this and your body can become dependent on caffeine, especially among migraine sufferers.

If you're a heavy caffeine drinker more than milligrams per day, or about 2 cups of coffee and you suddenly take it out of your diet, headaches are a common side-effect. When caffeine is withdrawn, these blood vessels constrict, causing headaches.

Learn how to slowly and effectively overcome caffeine withdrawal if you consume too much caffeine and think this might be contributing to your headaches. Stay away if your headaches are frequent: How to Rest Request absolute peace and quiet: If you're forced to rest around other people, explain that you have a headache and ask that they please try to be quiet and leave you undisturbed.

Pre-emptively asking for cooperation can help you avoid an ugly interruption later. If you'd like, get some sleep or take a short nap. Make sure your bed or couch is comfortable and that your head is supported in a position that doesn't increase the tension to your neck. If one side of your neck is stretched and the other is cramped, adjust your position so that your head and neck are evenly supported. Avoid bright, unnatural light, as light makes headaches worse -- even for blind people. Adjust the room temperature: Some people can only relax in a cool room, while others prefer a large blanket or a space heater.

Try to create whatever conditions work best for you when you go to sleep at night. Help with Progressive Muscle Relaxation Lie down in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and breathe deeply. Beginning at your forehead, tense all the muscles in a specific group for 5 seconds.

Relax the muscles and focus on the feeling of release that you experience in your muscles. Move to the next group of muscles. Muscle groups to tense and relax include: How to Use a Cool Compress Use a washcloth: Wet a washcloth with cool water, and lay it over your forehead. Refresh it with more cold water as soon as it starts to feel uncomfortably warm. Prep a heavy-hitting compress: Put a wet washcloth in a resealable plastic sandwich bag, and place the bag in the freezer for 30 minutes.

Remove it and place on your forehead for a long-lasting compress — the washcloth will be extra cold, and the bag will keep the icy wetness off of your skin. If your headache is a tension headache, such as one caused by stress, anxiety, or sore muscles, a hot shower or warm compress may help relieve the pain more effectively than a cold compress. Place your thumbs on your temples the soft spot between your upper ear and the corner of your eye.

Keeping your thumbs on your temples, use very firm pressure and move your fingers in small, circular motions from your temple to the center of your forehead. Gently massaging the bridge of your nose can help relieve sinus and migraine headaches. Do a scalp massage: Hop in a hot shower and treat yourself to a long scalp massage as you shampoo your hair. Or, for a dryer version, pour a little bit of coconut or argan oil on your fingers and rub into your scalp. Massaging for Tension Headaches To massage your neck and shoulders, sit and place your hands on your shoulders with your fingers pointed toward your shoulder blades.

Exhale and relax your neck, letting your head fall backward. Squeeze your fingers to apply pressure on your shoulder muscles. Move your fingers in small, deep circular movements toward the base of your skull. Interlace your fingers behind your head. Allow your head to drop forward, letting the weight of your arms gently stretch the muscles of your neck and shoulders.

Find two tennis or racquet balls and put them in a sock. Lie on a flat surface and place the two balls just below the base of your skull and relax. You may feel sinus pressure or minimal discomfort at first but it will go away. This is especially helpful for sinus headaches. How to Apply Acupressure Behind your ear: Locate the mastoid bone just behind your ear, and follow the natural groove in your neck to where the muscles attach to the skull.

Apply deep, very firm pressure for seconds while you breathe deeply. Locate the point on your shoulder muscle about halfway between your neck and the edge of your shoulder. Using your opposite hand right hand on the left shoulder, left hand on the right shoulder , pinch the shoulder muscle between your fingers and thumb.

Use your index finger to apply firm downward pressure for seconds. Massage the soft part of your hand in between your index finger and thumb. Apply firm, circular pressure for seconds. However, this should be avoided during pregnancy because it might induce labor. Place ping pong balls in a sock and lean back against a chair or the seat of a car , placing the balls between the seat and your back to activate pressure points.

Deep Breathing Exercise Find a cool, dark, quiet place. Inhale slowly through your nose. You should feel your abdomen expanding as you fill your lungs with air. Herbal Remedies to Try Butterbur: Studies show that butterbur can reduce migraine frequency.

Do not consume butterbur plants directly, as they contain toxic elements that are removed when made into capsules. In addition to treating headache pain, ginger can help treat nausea and vomiting, which are common side-effects of a severe headache.

The American Academy of Neurology has found that concentrated ginger supplements are more effective at reducing headache pain than placebos. Coriander seeds can be used to decrease the inflammation that causes headaches. The seeds can be chewed, used in food or tea, or taken orally in extract form. Feverfew can be taken in capsule or tablet form, as a tea, or even eaten in a sandwich beware, it tastes bitter.

There is mixed evidence to support the effectiveness of feverfew, but it has been relied upon for centuries, so it might be worth trying. Coming from the long-term use of fever, feverfew can disrupt sleep and actually cause headaches.

Willow is used in mg tablets and may reduce the frequency of migraines when taken twice daily. A cup of tea made from passion flower, rosemary, or lavender might alleviate a headache. Peppermint or chamomile tea can help to relax you. Foods to Try Eat almonds: Almonds contain magnesium, which may help relax blood vessels and relieve headache pain. Other magnesium-rich foods such as bananas, cashews, and avocados can also help.

The effectiveness of spicy foods on headaches depends on the person and the type of headache. However, if you have a sinus headache, spicy foods may help decrease congestion and allow you to breathe better, which can help reduce headache pain. Spinach really is food with a high density of nutrients, and that offers many potential health benefits.

It may help decrease blood pressure and relieve hangover-related headaches. Use fresh spinach instead of lettuce in a salad or on a sandwich. Caffeine constricts the blood vessels, which can lessen head pain. Too much caffeine may trigger migraines in some people so instead of coffee , you might try tea, which tends to have less caffeine.

Doctors to Talk To See your dentist: If you clench your teeth or have jaw misalignment, tooth decay, abscesses, or post-extraction infection, these can be a source of headaches.

If you need glasses, but it has gone undiagnosed. Your eyestrain could be causing unnecessary headaches. See your ear, nose and throat specialist: If you have untreated infections, perforations, or other problems with your ears, nose, and throat, these could cause headaches.

To get rid of a headache, take an over-the-counter pain reliever and find a quiet, dark place to lie down for 30 minutes. While you're lying down, apply a cool compress to the part of your head that aches. If you're unable to lie down for 30 minutes, try gently massaging your temples with your thumbs or rubbing your neck and shoulders to relieve tension.

You can also drink a few glasses of water in case your headache is caused by dehydration. To learn how to get rid of a headache with natural remedies like ginger and tea, read the article! If you frequently have headaches brought on by car sickness, take an over the counter drug such as Dramamine an hour before you have to be in the car.

If you must be awake, select a non-drowsy variety. Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 11,, times. Know your type of headache. Knowing this can help you find out the best way to treat your headache. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Most painkillers won't kick in for about hours, so take a dose as soon as you start feeling the headache coming on. Even if you're already in the depths of misery, a quick dose of ibuprofen, acetaminophen, naproxen, aspirin or even a capsaicin nasal spray can take the edge off.

Know when to seek medical assistance immediately. If your headache includes other symptoms, it may be a sign of a more severe condition, such as stroke, encephalitis, or meningitis. See a doctor immediately or call the emergency services if your headache also includes: Use caffeine carefully——it can be a double-edged sword.

Though caffeine which is included in some OTC pain relievers can initially help a headache, it can also lead to more headaches over time by developing or worsening a caffeine dependence. During headache attacks, adenosine is elevated in the bloodstream. Caffeine helps by blocking adenosine receptors. Drink plenty of water. Dehydration can lead to a headache, especially if you've vomited recently or you're hungover.

You may gradually feel the pain start to ease. For men, drink at least 13 cups 3 liters of water a day. For women, drink at least 9 cups 2. You should drink more if you exercise frequently, live in a hot or humid environment, have an illness that causes vomiting or diarrhea, or are breastfeeding.

Find a quiet, dark place to take a break. If you can, try to lie down and relax for at least 30 minutes. Shut the blinds, turn off the lights, and focus on your breathing. Practice progressive muscle relaxation. Progressive muscle relaxation can help ease headache pain. Use a cool compress. Placing something soft and cool over your forehead and eyes can help the blood vessels constrict, which will reduce inflammation and may ease your headache pain.

This works particularly well if the problem is concentrated in your temples or sinuses. Massage your face and scalp. Particularly if you suffer from tension headaches, massage can help improve circulation and relieve tension, which will help relieve the pain of your headache. Tension headaches can be caused by a variety of things, from poor posture to jaw clenching to strained muscles.

Anxiety and depression may also trigger tension headaches. Massage your neck and shoulders. Tension in your neck and shoulders can cause headaches. Stretching and strengthening your neck muscles can help relieve chronic headaches, [17] but they may help in the moment as well. Here is a simple routine to stretch your neck muscles: You should feel the stretch in the back of your neck. Return your head to the upright position. Slowly twist your head to one side. Hold for seconds.

Return to facing forward, then repeat, looking the other direction. Return to looking straight ahead of you. Slowly lower your head so that your ear is approaching your shoulder but do not lift the shoulder.

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