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Who hasn’t been inconvenienced by a nasty headache? When it strikes, take control of it. Here’s how!
Headaches—we hear about them in daily conversations; sometimes as a pretext not to do something (“I can’t, I have a headache”) or sometimes to express dismay (“this problem is giving me a headache”). This isn’t surprising, since it is at the top of the list of the most common health problems. In fact, a vast majority of individuals will be affected by them several times in the course of their lifetime.
Also known under the medical term “cephalalgia”, a headache is not an illness, but rather a symptom. A headache occasionally occurs for no apparent reason, but its presence can sometimes be explained by certain lifestyle or medical-related problems.
Here are some examples of factors that may be at the root of a nasty headache:
It is normal to be inconvenienced by headaches on occasion. However, if they persist or occur frequently, it is advisable to try to identify their origin. Once the cause has been determined, measures or a treatment plan can be implemented to rectify the situation. A medical visit may be necessary.
Here are a few tips intended to ease an occasional mild to moderate headache, without alarming factors (see When to consult a doctor below).
In rare cases, a headache can be a sign of a more serious problem. You should see a doctor promptly if the headache:
Speak to your pharmacist for additional information about headaches and the ways to ease them.
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