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When to Contact a Medical Professional

sinus headaches

Take the following symptoms seriously. If you cannot see your health care provider immediately, go to the emergency room or call 911 if:

See your provider soon if:

What to Expect at Your Office Visit

Your health care provider will obtain your medical history and will perform an examination of your head, eyes, ears, nose, throat, neck, and nervous system.

The diagnosis is usually based on your history of symptoms. A "headache diary" may be helpful for recording information about headaches over a period of time. Your doctor may ask questions such as the following:

Diagnostic tests that may be performed include the following:

If a migraine is diagnosed, medications that contain ergot may be prescribed. Temporal arteritis must be treated with steroids to help prevent blindness. Other disorders are treated as is appropriate.

Prevention of Headaches

The following healthy habits can lessen stress and reduce your chance of getting headaches:

Alternative Names

Pain - head; Rebound headaches; Medication overuse headaches

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