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Headaches: signs, symptoms and relief

  • Headaches are quite common.
  • Most of us will suffer from them at some stage.
  • Not every headache feels the same or has the same cause.
What to do:
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day - dehydration can be a trigger

  • Keep your mealtimes regular

  • Improve your sleeping routine and position

What to avoid:
  • Drinking alcohol – it dehydrates your body

  • Sleeping more than usual – it can worsen your headache

  • Skipping meals – even if you don’t feel like it you should eat regularly

Frequent headache causes:

  • Sinus congestion as a result of a cold or flu
  • High levels of stress
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Poor posture
  • Eyesight conditions
  • Skipping meals or not eating regularly
  • Dehydration
  • Hormone changes caused by periods, menopause, or oral contraception

Common types of headaches:

Sinus-related headaches

Sinus headaches can occur as a result of inflamed sinuses and the build-up of mucus. This results in a feeling of pressure and pain in the cheekbones, forehead and around the eyes.

Tension headaches

A tension headache is identified by an aching type of pain. It can feel as though your head is being squeezed, or like a build-up of pressure in your head.


The wide range of symptoms of a migraine can include a throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head and sensitivity to light or sound.

There are a number of things you can do to help prevent a headache occurring and there are ways to ease the symptoms, if and when you have one.

Taking pain relief medication can also help. Ibuprofen is one such pain reliever medication. It helps to relieve pain, fever and inflammation. Nurofen Zavance Liquid Capsules contain 200 mg of ibuprofen, providing temporary relief of pain associated with headaches (including migraine and tension headaches) and other body pain.

This article is for general information only and not intended as a substitute for medical advice. All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. In all health-related matters, always consult your healthcare professional.

This medicine may not be right for you. Read the label before purchase. Follow the directions for use. Incorrect use could be harmful. If symptoms persist, talk to your healthcare professional.