Headaches and Fevers


Take over-the-counter pain medicine as directed. Message the back of your neck with your thumbs. Rub gently along the sides of your eyes. Take a warm bath or shower. Rest in a quiet dark room with your eyes closed. keep a diary of when where and why your headaches occur. Avoid, smoking, and excess caffeine.


Call a doctor if your fever is over 104 F. Drink lots of fluids. Take a sponge bath using cold water, do not use rubbing alcohol. Take over-the-counter pain medicine as directed.

Reasons to Call a Provider

  • Fever over 100 F for three consecutive days
  • Severe, quick onset of a headache and pain that peaks rapidly
  • confusion
  • memory loss
  • slurred speech
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • numbness
  • seizures
  • headache that begins after injury to the head

Powell, D. (2006). Healthier at home: The proven guide to self-care & being a wise health consumer. Farmington Hills, MI: American Institute for Preventive Medicine.