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Headaches

Feeling pain or pressure in the head is very common. Headaches can be caused by stress, not enough sleep, hunger, flu, sinus problems, too much alcohol, allergies, or more serious illnesses like head injuries, stroke or brain tumours.

HOW TO TREAT AT HOME

  • Consult your neighbourhood pharmacist about over-the-counter pain reliever, such as Aspirin (not recommended for children) or Ibuprofen.
  • Rest

SEE YOUR GP IF:

  • Your headache lasts for more than one day, even after taking pain relievers.
  • Your get headaches frequently
  • The pain or throbbing is so strong you cannot go about your daily routine.
  • You are experiencing nausea or vomiting
  • Your vision is blurry.

GO TO THE A&E IF YOU HAVE:

  • Slurred speech
  • A sniff neck
  • Weakness or numbness in your limbs
  • Fits or seizures, e.g. your body is shaking spasmodically, or becomes rigid with arches back, clenched jaw, and eyes rolling upwards.