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    Headache

    HEADACHES: SIGNS, SYMPTOMS AND REMEDIES

    • 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:

    What to avoid

    • Drink plenty of water throughout the day - dehydration can be a trigger
    • Keep your mealtimes regular
    • Improve your sleeping routine and position
    • 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

    When to see a doctor?

    Contact your doctor if your headaches are recurring, pain reliever are not helping or your headache is getting worse.

    You should also consult a doctor if you experience a very sudden headache, a worse headache than usual or a new type of headache. If you have any other symptoms such as a fever, stiff neck, rash, extra-sensitivity to light or sound, any weakness or numbness in your limbs or difficulty speaking, seek medical advice.

    Possible causes include:

    • 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