Other Treatments for Headache
The different types of headache respond to different treatments. Consult your doctor before trying a remedy on your own. Other treatment options that may help ease the pain of your headaches include the following:
Relaxing the muscles can help prevent and decrease the severity of tension and some other headaches.
Note: Oxygen therapy is expensive and has associated health risks. Talk with your doctor about the pros and cons of this therapy.
- These supplements have been studied for treating cluster headaches:
- Several herbs and supplements have been studied in treating migraine headaches. Examples include:
- For migraine and tension headaches, different alternative therapies and treatments have been tried, such as:
When to Contact Your Doctor
Contact your doctor if the following occur:
- Your headaches are getting worse
- You develop any side effects to treatment
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