Don’t Shrug Off Summer Headaches – via

Between the heat, dehydration, air quality, and July 4 fireworks, many shrug off headaches as just another symptom of summer.

But Kerry Knievel, Director of Headache Neurology at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, said we need to start taking headaches more seriously.

It is important to seek treatment for them, because often patients have frequent headaches, and they are using over-the-counter medication, which can actually worsen their headaches if they take them too frequently.

Knievel said that OTC ibuprofen — and especially Excedrin Migraine, a combination of aspirin, acetaminophen and caffeine — can cause a medication overuse headache, also known as a rebound headache.  The effect can make headaches more frequent and severe.  Patients actually perceive that their headaches are getting worse when, in fact, it’s the medications that they’re taking on a daily, or near-daily, basis, that are making them have these rebound headaches.

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