How do you make a tension headache go away?
Here are some tips for headache relief:
- Close your eyes and rest.
- Massage your neck and temples.
- Warm up your neck Try putting a heating pad or a warm cloth around your neck and the base of your skull to ease tension headaches.
- Minimize stress.
- Watch what you eat and drink.
How long does a tension headache last?
An episodic tension-type headache may last only 30 minutes. But it may linger for as long as 7 days. A chronic tension-type headache typically lasts for part or all of the day for most days of the week. The pain can also be continuous.
What triggers tension headaches?
Tension headaches occur when neck and scalp muscles become tense, or contract. The muscle contractions can be a response to stress, depression, head injury, or anxiety. Sleeping in a cold room or sleeping with the neck in an abnormal position may also trigger a tension headache.
Are tension headaches dangerous?
Plus, if you have frequent episodic tension headaches, you can also have migraines. Unlike some forms of migraine, tension headaches usually aren’t associated with visual disturbances, nausea or vomiting. Although physical activity typically aggravates migraine pain, it doesn’t make tension headache pain worse.