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Head pain

Head pain

What to do if you or someone else has head pain.

Most headaches are minor, and you can treat them with a pain reliever. Some head pain, however, signals a dangerous or serious medical problem. Don't ignore unexplained head pain or head pain that steadily worsens.

Get immediate medical attention if your head pain:

  • Develops suddenly and severely
  • Accompanies a fever; stiff neck; rash; mental confusion; loss of consciousness; seizures; changes in vision, such as blurring or seeing halos around lights; dizziness; weakness or paralysis, such as in the arms or legs; loss of balance; a reddened eye; numbness; or difficulty speaking
  • Is severe and follows a recent sore throat or respiratory infection
  • Begins or worsens after a head injury, fall or bump
  • Is a different type of headache from your usual and you're older than 50
  • Progressively worsens over the course of a single day or persists for several days

<p> Most headaches are minor, and you can treat them with a pain reliever. Some head pain, however, signals a dangerous or serious condition. </p> <p> <strong>Get immediate medical attention</strong> if your head pain: </p> <ul> <li>Develops suddenly and severely</li> <li>Accompanies a fever; stiff neck; rash; mental confusion; loss of consciousness; seizures; changes in vision, such as blurring or seeing halos around lights; dizziness; weakness or paralysis, such as in the arms or legs; loss of balance; a reddened eye; numbness; or difficulty speaking</li> <li>Is severe and follows a recent sore throat or respiratory infection</li> <li>Begins or worsens after a head injury, fall or bump</li> <li>Is a different type of headache from your usual and you're older than 50</li> <li>Progressively worsens over the course of a single day or persists for several days</li> </ul> <p> Most headaches are minor, and you can treat them with a pain reliever. Some head pain, however, signals a dangerous or serious condition. </p> <p> <strong>Get immediate medical attention</strong> if your head pain: </p> <ul> <li>Develops suddenly and severely</li> <li>Accompanies a fever; stiff neck; rash; mental confusion; loss of consciousness; seizures; changes in vision, such as blurring or seeing halos around lights; dizziness; weakness or paralysis, such as in the arms or legs; loss of balance; a reddened eye; numbness; or difficulty speaking</li> <li>Is severe and follows a recent sore throat or respiratory infection</li> <li>Begins or worsens after a head injury, fall or bump</li> <li>Is a different type of headache from your usual and you're older than 50</li> <li>Progressively worsens over the course of a single day or persists for several days</li> </ul>

2011-12-20

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