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Richardson, TX
A 28-year-old female asked:

i was sick with severe coughing a couple of weeks ago. cough has gone away but now im left with this headache that wont go away. ?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Headache: Persistent headaches warrant an evaluation by your physician or neurologist. They could be muscle contraction tension headaches, but a paranasal sinus infection is a possibility since you had a recent respiratory tract infection. High blood pressure, migraine, intracranial pathology like pseudotumor, actual brain tumor, intracranial bleed, temporal arteritis are other possibilities.

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Headache with light-headedness and cough. What can I do for this?

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Cough & Headache: Most common cause we see in the urgent/emergency care is upper respiratory infections. Need to review your immunization status: flu, pertusis, etc. Avoid smoking, environmental exposures:pets, dust, flowers etc.. Watch for fever, abnormal nasal discharge: green, bloody etc. I prefer nasal Normal Saline inhalations or spray, if not improving, you need to see md.
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What does it mean to have headache when you cough?

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Dr. David Liu answered
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Difficult: There could be many different causes, but if you only have a headache when you cough, you may have a type of primary headache. How serious it is, and what it can be related to, need to be evaluated by a primary care provider, or perhaps even a specialist. Without more detail, it is difficult to say more.
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What to do if I have headache/cough/bloodymucusfromthroat?

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See doctor: Those symptoms can be from a viral or bacterial infection of the upper respiratory tract.
A 40-year-old member asked:

Why might someone have a headache when they cough?

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Dr. Bert Liang
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Cough headaches: Cough headaches are relatively uncommon, but are part of a syndrome which can include headaches caused by sneezing to laughing to sex. There are primary cough headaches which the cause is unknown, and secondary ones where often there is a structural lesion in the head. Again, in general these are uncommon.
Bozeman, MT
A 24-year-old female asked:

What are the potential causes of a headache that gets worse after coughing? Are all the causes serious?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Cornelius Oleary
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Headache after cough: A headache after or associated with cough is most likely a primary cough headache and will resolve as the cough or cold resolves. Secondary cough headaches in the back of the head that are persistent include association with cervical spine pathology or Chiari malformation which also presents with dizziness, imbalance, or visual problems. Persistent headaches deserve further investigation/imaging.

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