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Head pressure when coughing, laughing, sneezing, bending and passing wind?

Head pressure when coughing, laughing, sneezing, bending and passing wind?

Several possibilitie: All these activities increase venous blood pressure during the action so it may be normal especially if you cough frequently. May also indicate inflammation throughout the sinuses particularly if there is nasal congestion or drainage. Make sure your blood pressure is normal. If body mass index over 40 may indicate benign intracranial hypertension.

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Head pressure feeling when coughing or sneezing and my boogers were yellow/green but now are orange what's the cause?

Head pressure feeling when coughing or sneezing and my boogers were yellow/green but now are orange what's the cause?

Sinusitis: Use warm compresses to head pressure areas and use a decongestant to help keep your nose draining and it usually will pass. If you have fever or headache or neck pain it is time to see a clinician.

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Hi have full flu. Dr said chest ok but full thick mucus. Have trouble spitting also bad head pressure near pass out when cough. Ok to swallow?

Hi have full flu. Dr said chest ok but full thick mucus. Have trouble spitting also bad head pressure near pass out when cough. Ok to swallow?

Thick mucous: Drink plenty of water if you can keep it down. Try Mucinex (guaifenesin) over the counter to thin the secretions. Try delsym for the cough. It is ok to swallow the mucous if you would prefer that to spitting it out. If it is colored see your doctor for an antibiotic. You could be getting a secondary infection. Good luck. Feel better.

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Intermittent low grade fewer mainly at night for past 7 days. Wet cough w yellow/green pleghm, sinus/head pressure, occasional chills. Any concerns?

Intermittent low grade fewer mainly at night for past 7 days. Wet cough w yellow/green pleghm, sinus/head pressure, occasional chills. Any concerns?

Likely you have: Bronchitis, upper respiratory and/or sinus infection from a viral or bacterial infection. See your dr for possible imaging studies and antibiotics. Take care!

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Have stuffed up nose head pressure cough and double ear aches. Been taking amoxicillin 3 days now. What else can I do? And what is this I have

Have stuffed up nose head pressure cough and double ear aches. Been taking amoxicillin 3 days now. What else can I do? And what is this I have

Drug failure: I rarely use Amoxicillin any more for infections due to frequent bacterial resistance. On the other hand, I use Amoxicillin clavulanate often because the bacteria are less resistant to it. You should talk to your doctor re. Changing your antibiotic.

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What to do for head pressure when I lay down?

What to do for head pressure when I lay down?

See a doctor: As I always say to others, any type of headache can be benign, but there are serious causes to consider as well and these must always be ruled out.

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What can instantly relieve head pressure/tension?

Stretching temples: It depends on the cause; common tension headaches can be due to muscular tension and stretching the temples by massaging them with fingertips could be helpful. Also try taking some ice in a thin cloth and rub it on the temples and back of the neck.

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What to do if I have head pressure that doesn't seem to go away?

What to do if I have head pressure that doesn't seem to go away?

Many causes: There are many causes of head pressure, from sinus disease to migraine headaches. Need to see your physician for a comprehensive examination.

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Facial and head pressure when I lay down what could be causing this?

Sinus congestion: The most common thing to cause such symptoms is sinus congestion, or reaction to things like barometric pressure. However sometimes high blood pressure can cause such symptoms as well. Reactions to medications or allergies are also possible causes.

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Can you give me advice with head pressure that doesn't seem to go away?

Can you give me advice with head pressure that doesn't seem to go away?

Often due to stress: Head "pressure" often is most often due to stress-tension-anxiety. Especially if you've had similar symptoms in the past when anxious or stressed. If the pressure is of recent onset, unrelated to stress, and located in sinus areas of forehead or cheeks it may be a sinus condition. If non of the above apply then the patient needs a neurological evaluation. 4-7-8 Breathing video:bit. Ly/1uyQgg8

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Is there any home remedies that can help me relieve head pressure throughout the day?

Is there any home remedies that can help me relieve head pressure throughout the day?

Depends: The first question is, why are you having the head pressure? Maybe tension type headaches? Any changes to your health or lifestyle habits recently? Particularly sleeping habits? Medication side effect? Ask your regular doctor all of these questions.

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I Have G A Dand on Medication. Why have I head pressure most days, nagging feeling at front of head. Thanks?

I Have G A Dand on Medication. Why have I head pressure most days, nagging feeling at front of head. Thanks?

SINUSITIS: Yes you should rest irrigate sinuses with saline/take a nasal spray like Flonase/Zyrtec. If symptoms persist an exam and potentially a course of antibiotics ie bactrim/augmentin /cipro. I avoid abrupt changes in pressure. Ie flying/scuba/swimming if diving or snorkeling is undertaken. These activities may increase risk of worsening sinusitis and potentially rupturing ear drum.

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I have head pressure that comes and goes for about a month, however it's getting less frequent. What could this be?

I have head pressure that comes and goes for about a month, however it's getting less frequent. What could this be?

Headache / Pressure: The most common causes are primary headache, sinus pressure caused by sinusitis or allergy, and problems with blood pressure. The severity of the pressure, duration, location, other symptoms (nasal drainage) and factors which make it better or worse can help differentiate what the pressure is from. Sometimes it is as simple as pressure around the eyes indicating a need for new eyeglasses.

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I have head pressure which is not painful. Feels as though there is something in my head pulling it down. What could it be? Have this a lot.

I have head pressure which is not painful. Feels as though there is something in my head pulling it down. What could it be? Have this a lot.

Multiple causes: Without more information not possible to say for sure. Evaluating headaches requires a thorough history and physical exam and at times imaging. Most causes of headaches would be considered benign and manageable but some are more serious. Compiling a written history describing how long present, location on head, associated symptoms, how frequent/intense, and if worse will help with evaluation.

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My husband is experiencing very painful head pressure. Bp was high when it occurred. Lp showed that fluid pressure was high. Still don't know why

My husband is experiencing very painful head pressure. Bp was high when it occurred. Lp showed that fluid pressure was high. Still don't know why

Pseudotumor cerebri: Is a condition characterized by raised intracranial pressure. The differential includes venous sinus thrombosis, hypercoagulable state, obstructive sleep apnea, endocrine disorder, vascular malformations, and previous scarring from infection/bleeding. Please meet with your neurologist to sort out the cause. Good luck and happy holidays.

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Been having light head pressure - very slight light-headedness - for almost 1 week. Is there something I should be worried about?

Tension-type: headache can develop from episodic Tension-type Headache and the resultant headache is considered a chronic form. The clinical presentation is similar to episodic TTH except for the increased frequency of attacks. The headaches are usually bilateral and diffuse and often have tenderness in the cervical muscles (neck) as well as the pericranial muscles. Rec.: see orofacial pain/headache specialist.

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Why is it that I get head pressure when I laugh?

Why is it that I get head pressure when I laugh?

Increased pressure: Laughing causes abdominal contraction which leads to increased abdominal pressure leading to increased intracranial pressure. If you have a sinus condition, this could feel uncomfortable. If you have baseline elevated increased intracranial pressure, this too would feel uncomfortable. You should see your primary care physician to assess if you have further symptoms of these conditions.