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I get "cough headaches." When I cough hard I get a pain in my head but it goes away after a short while. Is this dangerous?

I get "cough headaches." When I cough hard I get a pain in my head but it goes away after a short while. Is this dangerous?

Not Dangerous But: Headache caused by coughing hard is not really dangerous.But having said that the cause of cough needs to be determined and there may be co existing Sinus congestion/infection which if there may need to be treated appropriately.i suggest you consult your doctor and get checked and treated ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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I have a cold I have been getting really bad headaches when I cough. It’s to the point where I can’t do anything. What could be the source?

I have a cold I have been getting really bad headaches when I cough. It’s to the point where I can’t do anything. What could be the source?

Sinus: Common for cold virus to cause sinus congestion and this can lead to a sinus infection. Typically symptoms can be alleviated and resolved with decongestant and frequent nasal saline washes. If the problem persists and you develop a fever then an antibiotic can help. If necessary you could connect with one of the HealthTap physicians if that therapy would be indicated. ...Read more

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Slight fever, body ache, headache, when I cough theres green phlegm, slight anemia. Could this be the reason of few atypical lymphocytes seen in smear?

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Slight fever, body ache, headache, when I cough  theres green phlegm, slight anemia. Could this be the reason of few atypical lymphocytes seen in smear?

It could be: Atypical lymphocytes can be seen in the peripheral blood smears on patients with viral infection. The symptoms you described could certainly be consistent with viral infection. Having said that, f/u and discuss further with your doctor about your symptoms. Also will need to have some blood work-up to find out the cause of your anemia. Good luck. ...Read more

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I suddenly have bad balance, headache when I cough & work out, & constant ringing in both ears/bad hearing. Could this be a brain tumor? I hope not, i

I suddenly have bad balance, headache when I cough & work out, & constant ringing in both ears/bad hearing. Could this be a brain tumor? I hope not, i

Neurological exam: 24 year old woman with no past medical history presents with headache with cough, imbalance, and constant bilateral tinnitus. With these symptoms, I believe you need to be seen emergently and evaluated by a physician. Headache in the posterior area of the head/neck, cough and neurological symptoms are suggestive of a Chiari malformation, however a full history and exam are necessary . Good luck ...Read more

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I have been having headaches when i cough feel tired/weak eye irritation chest congestion throat burn when going to eat or drink anything. ?

I have been having headaches when i cough  feel tired/weak eye irritation chest congestion throat burn when going to eat or drink anything. ?

Most likely virus: These symptoms sound viral in nature. You can get cough, congestion and conjunctivitis from a virus. For the eyes best treatment is artificial tears for the irritation. Treat any fever.Drink lots of fluids. If you don't improve or significantly worsen check with your family doctor to make get throat culture to make sure its not bacterial. ...Read more

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I have a major headache especially when I cough or bend over or move too fast. No nasal congestion though?

I have a major headache especially when I cough or bend over or move too fast. No nasal congestion though?

? Hi blood pressure : Check your blood pressure first of all , and can start with your primary doctor if you would, however, headache isn't indicative of elevated bp, other reasons can be at play as muscle tension, etc.. Best wishes ...Read more

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Had unprotected sex, periods 2 weeks late, pink discharge for 3 days, fatigue, heartburn, headaches, pelvic pain when i cough or breath out hard. Pregnancy?

Had unprotected sex, periods 2 weeks late, pink discharge for 3 days, fatigue, heartburn, headaches, pelvic pain when i cough or breath out hard. Pregnancy?

Possibly: Pregnancy is always a possibility. Purchase and perform a home pregnancy test. These usuallly turn positive when you're about a week late. If it's negative, repeat in a week and call your doctor. ...Read more

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Headache and cough?

Headache and cough?

Using this site: You can get the most specific & reasoned answers from this site when you provide adequate background information to support any question you ask. Things like the time duration of symptoms/intensity/aggravating factors/past attempts to treat/etc. all help narrow the broad field of headaches/cough to what you are experiencing. You are welcome to start over.Your posts are not linked. ...Read more

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What to do in case of cough and headache?

What to do in case of cough and headache?

If it's just from...: If some cough and headache are just from a mild cold, then the over-the-counter cold medicines are what people usually find relief with. However, some illnesses such as strep throat and "the flu" also have these same symptoms, but can be treated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Why might someone have a headache when they cough?

Why might someone have a headache when they cough?

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. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have headache when you cough?

What does it mean to have headache when you cough?

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. ...Read more

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What OTC is recommended for primary cough headaches?

What OTC is recommended for primary cough headaches?

OTC cough suppress: Any medication that comes with a cough suppressant like dextromethorphan can help cut down the cough, and then Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for the headache as long as you arent allergic or have any kidney or liver issues. Be careful however, because over use of Ibuprofen or tylenol (acetaminophen) can lead to rebound headaches. ...Read more

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I have a horrible cough and headache what should I do

I have a horrible cough and headache what should I do

Horrible cough: It could be a viral or bacterial infection. I would suggest you call your doctor and discuss. ...Read more

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What to do if I have headache/cough/bloodymucusfromthroat?

What to do if I have headache/cough/bloodymucusfromthroat?

See doctor: Those symptoms can be from a viral or bacterial infection of the upper respiratory tract. ...Read more

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Cough headaches, 8/10 pain, had them before, neuro knows. Can these be dangerous? They hurt

Cough headaches, 8/10 pain, had them before, neuro knows. Can these be dangerous? They hurt

Why cough?: Cough is abnormal. There are many possibilities. Check with a lung doc to get it fixed. No need for headaches, let the doc fix it. ...Read more

Dr. Ben Glasgow
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Immunoglobulin A (Definition)

Immunoglobulin a is an antibody that plays a critical in mucosal immunity found in mucosal secretions, tears, saliva, breast milk, the gastrointestinal tract, and the lungs. It helps prevent against sinus infections, ear infections, and pneumonia. More IgA is prodced per day than ...Read more


Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more