Now that we’re entering the fourth day of sun, you might find you’ve taken a bit too much sunshine.
After all the dark, stormy weather, getting outside was probably a welcome relief, but it can also cause problems.
Sun headache, or tension-type headaches, are the most common type of headache you will experience
Symptoms of the condition include a constant ache affecting both sides of the head, pressure behind the eyes and tighter neck muscles.
The tension-type headache can last for anywhere between 30 minutes to several days, according to the NHS.
They advise seeking medical attention if the headache is like nothing you’ve experienced before, causes fever, nausea or vomiting, has happened following an accident such as a blow to the head or is causing slurred speech and confusion.
Tension-type headaches can be eased with lifestyle changes or painkillers, according to the NHS.
“Painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can be used to help relieve pain,” says the NHS on its website.
“If you’re taking these medications, you should always follow the instructions on the packet.
“Medication shouldn’t be taken for more than a few days at a time and medication containing codeine, such as co-codamol, should be avoided unless recommended by a GP,” they add.
The NHS stresses that you should avoid using painkillers over a long period of time, as this could result in a medication-overuse headache developing. This is where your body has got used to the medication, and so you get a headache when you stop taking it.
Simple lifestyle changes may also help treat a headache, such as a massage, or applying a hot flannel to your forehead and neck.
Drinking plenty of water, trying to relax and exercising are all recommended as ways to reduce the symptoms by the national healthcare provider.
Patient.info, adds that you may want to try these treatments to relieve a headache.
“A neck and shoulder massage may help,” it says on its website.
“Reducing the number of pillows you sleep on can sometimes help, particularly if you sleep on more than two pillows. Sleeping on your side on high pillows means that your neck is bent which can cause tension and then headaches.”
Tension-type headaches can be caused by a variety of factors, including the sun.
Dehydration, stress, poor posture, tiredness, noise and even certain smells can all lead to this type of headache.
Drinking too much alcohol, not eating regular meals and having your period or menopause, for women, can all also be factors.
If you regularly suffer from headaches it is important to start keeping a diary of when they happen, and work out your triggers so that you know what is causing them.
“Most headaches will go away on their own and aren’t a sign of something more serious,” says the NHS.