There are all sorts of drugs on the market for headache relief, including a wide array of over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen and aspirin. In addition, prescription medications are available for dealing with migraines, as well as severe tension-type headaches that interfere with daily function. While these treatments are generally effective, using them too often can result in rebound headaches (headaches that occur as the medication wears off).
Hot and cold packs. While it’s not clear exactly why this combination is so effective for pain management, alternating hot and cold packs on your forehead may help make headaches more bearable until the pain dissipates. This is a recommended form of pain management for people taking medications that may interact with headache relief drugs or for pregnant women who should avoid unnecessary medication whenever possible.
Relax. The Mayo Clinic advises, “Rather than looking for ways to squeeze more activities or chores into the day, find a way to leave some things out.” Studies show that time to relax and sufficient amounts of high-quality sleep are absolutely essential in preventing tension headaches, and they may help relieve the symptoms and shorten the duration of the headache. Stress is widely accepted as a huge contributing factor in headaches, and it’s one of the easiest things to reduce in daily life. Take care of yourself first — the rest of the world has to come second. You cannot effectively deal with the rigors of work and family unless you keep yourself in the best possible health.
Other headache remedies. A number of naturopathic and homeopathic remedies are available for headache as well, all with varying levels of usefulness in relieving headaches. Popular herbal remedies include feverfew, willow bark (which contains aspirin), garlic and red peppers. In addition, it is very important to stay hydrated, ensure proper nutrition and get some exercise on a daily or near daily basis. Overall health is a key factor in preventing headaches, as well as managing a number of other common health issues.