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Headache After Exercise: What to Know About Exertion Headaches and How to Treat Them.

Health Magazine discusses how to treat exertion headaches that occur during or after a workout, according to experts including Erin E. Manning, MD, neurologist at HSS.

Dehydration, sleep deprivation, and food and drink choices (e.g., chocolate, alcohol and caffeine) are some of the triggers of exertion headaches. Dr. Manning explained the best defense is to stay well-hydrated and to ensure you’re getting enough sleep. Dr. Manning also suggested trying over the counter (OTC) pain relievers. However, if OTC medicines don’t help or aren’t an option, “sometimes people actually need [prescription] medication that they take either right before strenuous exercise or regular medication that they take on a daily basis to help prevent these from happening,” she explained.

Dr. Manning concluded, “I would say if this has happened more than a couple of times, then it's probably a good time to see a doctor.”

Read the full article at Health.com.