Headaches

Most headaches go away on their own and are not a sign of something more serious.

Headaches can last between 30 minutes and several hours.

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The most common reasons are:

  • having a cold or the flu
  • stress
  • drinking too much alcohol
  • bad posture
  • eyesight problems
  • not eating regular meals
  • not drinking enough fluids (dehydration)
  • taking too many painkillers
  • women having their period or menopause
[Last reviewed 2021-02-09]
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