When to seek medical advice

Get emergency medical care if your headache:

  • Is sudden and severe or the "worst headache ever"
  • Is accompanied by a fever, nausea or vomiting not related to a known illness
  • Is accompanied by a stiff neck, rash, confusion, seizures, double vision, weakness, numbness or difficulty speaking
  • Follows a head injury, fall or bump

Get prompt medical care if your headache:

  • Gets worse despite rest and over-the-counter pain medication
  • Is new and you have a history of cancer or HIV/AIDS

Headaches in adults

Find possible causes of headaches based on specific factors. Check one or more factors on this page that apply to your symptom.

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