COLD AND FLU BASICS
Headaches: Causes & Treatment Options
A headache is pain in any region of the head, but that’s a rather simplistic definition. They can come in all shapes and sizes. A headache may appear as a sharp pain, a dull ache, or a throbbing sensation. They can last for a short period, for hours, or even for days. They can be on one side of your head, both sides, or even radiate from one side to another.
What causes a headache?
Headaches generally fall into 2 types: primary headaches and secondary headaches. A primary headache is caused by chemical changes in the brain, with the surrounding tissue, brain blood vessels, nerves, and muscles producing the pain. A secondary headache is a symptom of something else attacking your immune system, such as the flu.
How do you treat a headache?
Headaches often go hand-in-hand with the flu, and the best thing to do is get plenty of rest and drink lots of liquids to keep hydrated. Pain from a headache can often be diminished using aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen. can help temporarily relieve painful symptoms associated with the cold or flu.