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What are the signs of ketosis?
People who follow the ketogenic diet eat a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet to induce a bodily process called ketosis. There are several signs of ketosis that can indicate whether or not the diet is working. Learn more here.


What is sumatriptan?
The sumatriptan oral tablet (Imitrex) is used to treat severe migraine headaches. Learn about side effects, warnings, dosage, and more.


Which foods help prevent migraines?
Food is one of the possible triggers of migraines. As a result, some people who get migraines may benefit from eating or avoiding certain types of food. Learn more about the foods that could prevent, trigger, or relieve a migraine here.


Silent migraine: What to know
A silent migraine is a type of migraine that does not cause pain. However, the other symptoms, including nausea and dizziness, may be debilitating. In this article, learn more about the symptoms of silent migraines, as well as what to expect in each phase of an attack. We also cover the causes and risk factors.


What is frontal sinusitis and what causes it?
The sinuses are cavities that produce mucus. If a person has frontal sinusitis, the cavities just behind the eyes become inflamed, and the mucus cannot drain correctly. Infections, allergies, or long-term health issues may be responsible. Here, we examine the causes of frontal sinusitis and how treatments vary.


What are some tips for instant migraine relief?
Many people experience intense forms of headache known as migraine. There are many potential natural remedies for migraines, including diet changes, yoga, and stress reduction. Other remedies, such as staying hydrated, can prove helpful for migraines. Learn more about the best natural remedies for migraines here.


Is it safe to mix aspirin and ibuprofen?
Aspirin and ibuprofen are from the same family of drugs called NSAIDs. People should usually not take the two together. In this article, we discuss how to stay safe when taking aspirin and ibuprofen, what to do if you have taken both together by accident, and alternative medications that do not interact with NSAIDs.


Migraines are more common in women, but why?
Migraines are disruptive, debilitating events, but what causes them remains unclear. Notably, they are more common in women, and a new study asks why.


Does magnesium relieve migraines?
Many people use magnesium, which is a naturally occurring mineral, to treat and prevent migraine headaches, especially those with aura. In this article, learn about the effectiveness of magnesium and discover whether there are any side effects or risks. We also list some of the foods that contain magnesium.


What causes a headache with nausea?
Headaches and nausea are common complaints. When the two symptoms occur together, a range of health issues may be responsible, including migraines, the flu, a cold, dehydration, food allergies, or too much caffeine, nicotine, or alcohol. Here, we explore the causes, treatment, and prevention of a headache and nausea.


Is it possible to prevent a hangover?
A hangover is what some people experience the morning after an evening of heavy drinking. There are many supposed hangover cures, but few are proven. Here, we look at nine evidence-based ways to prevent a hangover, including drinking in moderation, eating, staying hydrated, and avoiding chemicals called congeners.


What does having both chest pain and headache mean?
When someone has chest pain and a headache at the same time, the causes are usually unrelated. However, some conditions can cause both symptoms. We explain these conditions here. We also discuss when chest pain and a headache might be due to issues relating to the heart or blood pressure, and when to see a doctor.


How to make and use a cold compress
A cold compress is a chilled or frozen object, often a piece of cloth. A person can apply one to the body to relieve pain, swelling, and fever. In this article, learn how to make a cold compress and when to consider using one. We also examine risks and what to keep in mind when trying this form of home care.


What is Eagle syndrome?
Summary description Eagle syndrome is a form of nerve pain that causes people to experience a dull, throbbing ache around the face and throat. It can be caused by an unusually long bone below the ear and can often be treated successfully with surgery. We look at the symptoms and treatments of Eagle syndrome.


Can CBD oil help with migraines?
Some researchers suggest that cannabidiol (CBD) oil can treat a range of complaints and conditions. While CBD is a compound in cannabis, the oil cannot get a person high. In some people, it may relieve pain associated with migraines. Here, learn about the potentially healthful properties of CBD oil and how to use it.


Does the 20-20-20 rule prevent eye strain?
The 20-20-20 rule says that after spending 20 minutes on the computer, a person should spend 20 seconds looking at an object 20 feet away. This may help to prevent eyes from becoming dry or watery. Here, learn why the 20-20-20 rule is effective. We also describe other ways to protect the eyes from digital strain.


New drug halves previously untreatable migraine attacks
A new compound, called erenumab, was found to be successful in treating migraines for which other treatments had previously failed.


What does a right-sided headache mean?
A person can experience a headache in many areas of their head, including the right side. Causes may include migraines or cluster headaches, but there are also other causes, including allergies. Treatment depends on the cause. The article offers some tips for quick relief, such as cold compresses and drinking water.


Thunderclap headache caused by the world's hottest chili pepper
A new study explores the 'unusual' case of the man who ate the hottest chili pepper in the world and experienced thunderclap headache as a result.


What causes dizziness when bending over?
Feeling dizzy or lightheaded when bending over is a common complaint. Many of the causes of dizziness are not harmful, such as low blood pressure or a medication. It can also indicate treatable conditions, including anemia, hypothyroidism, and inner ear infections. Learn more about the causes and when to see a doctor.


What does a headache on top of the head mean?
Headaches strike different areas of the head. One of these areas is on the top of the head. Learn here what a headache on the top of the head means, and about 11 different types of common headaches that can cause pain on top of the head. Plus find out about other more serious causes and what to do when one strikes.


Why does my head feel heavy?
The weight of the head can seem heavier sometimes, which may have a variety of causes. Learn more about the treatments and when to see a doctor here.


What to know about frontal lobe headaches
Several types of headache can cause pain at the front of the head. Read on to learn more about causes, ways to find relief, and when to see a doctor.


What are the effects of meningitis? 22 symptoms
Many people recover from meningitis with proper medical treatment, but some people may have lifelong effects. Learn about how meningitis affects the body.


Why do I feel both tired and dizzy?
Several conditions can cause both fatigue and dizziness. We take a look at five, and discuss other symptoms and treatments for each condition.