Getting rid of a headache means using pain-relieving medicines, such as acetaminophen, and making sure to get enough rest. Find out why children with headaches should not be given aspirin with help from a practicing pediatrician in this free video on headaches.
Hi, I'm Dr. David Hill, and today we're going to be talking about how to make a headache go away. Now, headaches are one of the most common complaints in human existence. Everybody gets them sometimes. There are some headaches that you may not be able to make go away and you need to see a doctor for. So, if you have a severe headache that awakens you in the middle of the night, a headache that causes vomiting, a headache that makes it difficult for you to bend your neck, or that makes you sensitive to light, you may want to seek medical care for that unless you have a known history of migraines and this is a typical migraine for you. However, the run of the mill daily tension headache or even hangover who involve a dull or throbbing pain in a band-like sensation all the way around the head; it may radiate down into your neck and shoulders, and this is a common and relatively harmless type of headache. The things we reach for the most often, of course, are pain-relieving medicines and they fall into two classes; one includes only acetaminophen. This is medication known popularly as Tylenol, Paracetamol in Europe that causes a decrease in pain sensation within the brain itself. There is another larger class of medications called anti-inflammatories of which aspirin is the oldest and best known. Key here, if you're thinking about relieving a child's headache, do not give a child aspirin. Aspirin has been associated with a rare, but deadly disease called Rye Syndrome. The other medicines in their class, however, are safe for adults and children for the most part. They include things like Naproxen, Ibuprofen, which is in Motrin or Advil and a few others. These medications work by relieving inflammation out in other parts of the body. That's why they're good for muscular skeletal injuries, but they also seem to have a pain relieving affect within the brain. You might take these medications with food because they can cause stomach upset due to their affect on the lining of the stomach. Rest is always a good idea when you have a headache, and if you know you did something to cause the headache like drinking too heavily, or drinking too much caffeine or smoking, you might get rid of that in your life and just avoid the next headache rather than worrying about how to get rid of it. Talking about how to get rid of a headache, how to make one go away. I'm Dr. David Hill.