Symptoms and Signs of Headache (Mild)

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Medically Reviewed on 8/6/2021

Doctor's Notes on Headache (Mild)

Headaches are common but usually not serious. There are many different causes of headaches and the pain in different types of headache can vary in intensity, location, and duration. Mild headaches may occur frequently and predictably and many people who have them know what triggers them.

Symptoms of mild headaches usually do not need medical treatment. Symptoms of mild headache may include mild head pain that is aching, squeezing, or band-like, on both sides of the head, generally above the level of the eyebrows. Pain can be sharp, dull, constant, intermittent, or pounding. Additional symptoms that may accompany a headache include dizziness, numbness or weakness, changes in vision, balance problems, eye/ear/face pain, cold symptoms, fever, sensitivity to light or sound, or nausea with or without vomiting.

What Is the Treatment for Mild Headache?

Mild headache is usually treated with supportive measures and/or over-the-counter pain control medications, such as:

Other pain relief techniques and home remedies for mild headache include resting in a dark environment, consuming a small amount of caffeine, massage, and application of hot or cold packs. More severe headaches and chronic headaches may be managed with prescription medications or preventive medications.

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