A headache may have varying symptoms, such as migraine headaches (which tend to affect just one side of your head) and cluster headaches (which occur regularly over a certain period of time). The most common headache type is called tension headache. It often feels like a tight band of pressure around your head.
As soon as you start feeling tension headache symptoms, treat them with a suitable pain-relieving medication, such as Panadol Extra.
If you experience tension headaches often, try making some lifestyle changes to help you avoid the triggers.
Rest and relax, or even try to sleep, as some people find this helps reduce tension headache symptoms.
Most people get tension headaches from time to time, so you're not alone. While uncomfortable and annoying, they are generally not severe enough to stop you carrying out everyday activities.
Symptoms vary according to the cause and severity of your headache, but they can include:
The pain generally ranges from mild to moderate, and can last anywhere between half an hour and a number of head-pounding days.
The exact cause of tension headache pain is not yet known. Tension headaches can be triggered or worsened by a tightening of the muscles of your neck, scalp or jaws, as a result of poor posture or tension. Other triggers are thought to include:
Once a headache starts, treat it with suitable pain-relieving medication, such as Panadol Extra. Other things you could try include:
If symptoms persist or you get frequent headaches, it’s a good idea to consult your doctor.
It could be worth keeping a 'headache diary' to help identify what's causing your headache. Making some lifestyle changes is the first step to help get rid of tension headaches.
A few things that may help stop headaches include: