Acute Headache


What is an acute headache? An acute headache is pain or discomfort that starts suddenly and gets worse quickly.

What are the most common types of acute headaches?

What causes acute headaches? The cause of your headache may not be known. The following conditions can trigger a headache:

What signs and symptoms may be related to an acute headache?

How is an acute headache diagnosed? Your healthcare provider will ask you to rate your pain on a scale from 1 to 10. Tell him how often you have headaches and how long they last. Show him where you feel the pain. He will ask you to describe the pain.

How is an acute headache treated?

How can I help manage my symptoms?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

When should I seek immediate care or call 911?


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