WHAT IS A HEADACHE?
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.1
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.2
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.3 Theraflu® ExpressMax® Severe Cold and Flu Syrup can help temporarily relieve painful symptoms associated with the cold or flu. It also contains ingredients that treat nasal congestion, cough, fever, and chest congestion.
1. Mayo Clinic (2016. May 04). Headache: Definition. Retrieved July 19, 2017, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/headache/basics/definition/sym-20050800
2. Mayo Clinic (2016. May 04). Headache: Causes. Retrieved July 19, 2017, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/headache/basics/causes/sym-20050800
3. CDC (2015, April 17). Symptom Relief. Retrieved July 19, 2017, from https://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/community/for-patients/symptom-relief.html
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