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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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Every time I cough my left side of my head hurts. Why? I'm not coughing hard I have not been sick...

Every time I cough my left side of my head hurts. Why? I'm not coughing hard I have not been sick...

Several things: This is a problem that necessitates a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. This will allow him/her to examine you, ask specific questions. And possibly order tests to find out what's wrong and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Bad cough and sinus problems for two weeks now, coughing hard right side of head hurts for a week now from it, should I be worried?

Bad cough and sinus problems for two weeks now, coughing hard right side of head hurts for a week now from it, should I be worried?

Seek treatment: You don't need to be worried, but you do need treatment. This probably started out as a viral syndrome, but now after 2 weeks, it has become a bacterial infection. You need an exam by a doctor and need to be placed on antibiotics and other supportive therapy. ...Read more

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Hi I have a cold the past week&a cough. But when I cough I get dizzy, it's a v hard cough'& my head hurts too. What's causing the dizzyness. Thanks?

Hi I have a cold the past week&a cough. But when I cough I get dizzy, it's a v hard cough'& my head hurts too. What's causing the dizzyness. Thanks?

See below.: During cough pressure in chest rises dramatically and pushes against blood that is trying to flow into the chest cavity and heart from the lower body and head. Cough long and hard enough and flow drops to the point that heart does not have enough blood to push forward. Your brain starves a little for oxygen and sugar - therefore dizzy. A little dehydration can make this much worse. ...Read more

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Watering rt eye. Headache on rt side. Strange feeling in rt temple area. Cough. Eyes hurt to move. Had this for several months. Ideas?

Watering rt eye. Headache on rt side. Strange feeling in rt temple area. Cough. Eyes hurt to move. Had this for several months. Ideas?

See a Dr.: Your symptoms could be caused by a variety of trigger. I would see a dr. You will need to have a thorough history, exam and possible tests. ...Read more

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Left sided headache from front of head to back. Mainly temple and around ear. Hurts when bend over and cough and sneeze. Intermittent pain in neck?

Left sided headache from front of head to back. Mainly temple and around ear. Hurts when bend over and cough and sneeze. Intermittent pain in neck?

See below: You may have an irritated disc or joint in your neck. Coughing and sneezing increases the pressure in the discs of your neck which may suggest this is coming from your disc more than the joints or muscles. Neck pain can cause muscle spasms that refer pain to the back of the head often causing headaches. See your physician if symptoms don't improve within 1 week. ...Read more

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Since last night, whenever I laugh, cough, or move too quickly, my left temple begins to throb and my head hurts. It's made me very sleepy/fatigued.

Since last night, whenever I laugh, cough, or move too quickly, my left temple begins to throb and my head hurts. It's made me very sleepy/fatigued.

Migraine?: At age 19 of your gender, the likely problem may be migraine often triggered by stress, alcohol, fasting, sleep disruption etc. But if this is not resolved after a day or gets worse at any time, you need to rush to the ER to make sure that there is nothing more serious happening. ...Read more

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I had a CT all was good but my headache its on the Right side of my head and face. My right forehead and temple hurt when I cough. Laugh. Sneeze. Yell?

I had a CT all was good but my headache its on the Right side of my head and face. My right forehead and temple hurt when I cough. Laugh. Sneeze. Yell?

Sinus headache: It sounds like you may have a sinus type headache. No wonder your CT of the head is negative. I believe a ct of the Osteomeatal unit - sinuses would be positive and could reveal some thickening in the sinuses or fluid levels. See an ENT. Most have this scanner in their offices. Take care. ...Read more

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Left temple area feels swollen hurts my left eye is read & watering, when I cough my head hurts worse and I hear a whooshing sound in left ear 35yr f?

Sinus congestion: You may have a sinus congestion or sinus infection. In addition you may have a post nasal drip causing your cough and fluid in your ear. Try using salt water nose drops or a nasal decongestant like claritin. ...Read more

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MY head hurts when I cough should I worry?

MY head hurts when I cough should I worry?

Evaluation: If headache persist see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I have a pain in the back of my neck going up to my head. It hurts when I cough. What is the cause.

I have a pain in the back of my neck going up to my head. It hurts when I cough. What is the cause.

Neck strain or disc: Need traction use inversion table daily for 15-20 minutes will relax the neck by traction- there are other inexpensive traction device like trueback, proneck which also helps. Take orally anti- inflammatory medication like magnesium salicylate which is otc and helps relax muscles. ...Read more

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I have a cold but the front of my head hurts when I cough?

I have a cold but the front of my head hurts when I cough?

Sinus pressure: You are likely suffering from increased sinus pressure. If symptoms have been persistent for more than 10 days without improvement see your primary doctor for further treatment. If you have had less then 10 days of symptoms try OTC nasal sprays like Afrin or saline rinses. ...Read more

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I have a specific spot on the back of my head that hurts when I cough what is this? Its a sharp down lower toward the center of my neck on the right side. Its not my neck

I have a specific spot on the back of my head that hurts when I cough what is this? Its a sharp down lower toward the center of my neck on the right side. Its not my neck

Trapezius: Your trapezius muscle runs well down your back and up into your neck. Because it makes up part of the musculature around your rib cage, it can get strained from coughing. This may cause you pain anywhere along the muscle including all the way up to where it inserts at the base of your skull in the back. ...Read more

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My head hurts when I cough and the headache has not gone even if I take paracetamol what should I do?

My head hurts when I cough and the headache has not gone even if I take paracetamol what should I do?

Need to see doctor: Cough headaches are usually a benign condition however sometimes they can be a sign of other problems inside your brain. You need to see your physician. ...Read more

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Hi I have a bump in the back of my head and it hurts when I couch its like my whole head hurts when I cough and it hurts my bump

Hi I have a bump in the back of my head and it hurts when I couch its like my whole head hurts when I cough and it hurts my bump

Try ice or heat: There are several things that can cause swelling and pain in the back of the head. IT can be an skin cyst, which may be infected. It could also be an area of trauma from bumping your head. It could be an enlarged and infected lymph node. I suggest trying ice or heat for 10 min to see if it improves. If you have a fever, chills, significant swelling or pus from the area, I suggest seeing a doctor. ...Read more

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I have a muscle in the back of my head that hurts when I cough or move my head and comb my hair. Could this be the trigminial nerve?

See below: There are several muscles in the back of your neck that support your head. Coughing or moving your head could apply pressure to these muscles causing pain if you have a painful joint or disk. Trigeminal nerve pain typically causes facial pain ...Read more

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Suffering from frequent stiff neck. Plus headache and dry cough (both occurred just now). My head hurts when I cough too. Help?

Suffering from frequent stiff neck. Plus headache and dry cough (both occurred just now). My head hurts when I cough too. Help?

Comments: Would suggest you likely have either an upper respiratory tract infection or asthma, and this could readily be controlled. The cough probably exacerbates the neck which triggers the headaches. All of this could readily be addressed by your regular doctor. ...Read more

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I have been coughing a lot. Back of my neck hurts when I cough and my head is throbbing. Also weird pains all over head. Could this be from a cold?

I have been coughing a lot. Back of my neck hurts when I cough and my head is throbbing. Also weird pains all over head. Could this be from a cold?

Bronchitis: It could be bronchitis. That may be accompanied by sore throat, sinus symptoms and pain and runny nose which could be a cold accompanying bronchitis. Likely to be viral with no need for antibiotics. Take acetaminophen two to three times daily, drink fluids, rest and it should improve. ...Read more

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3 yrs post post. Fossa tumor resection, complications included hydrocephalus, SAH, Tons. Herniation. Head still hurts when I cough, valsalva, etc.???

3 yrs post post. Fossa tumor resection, complications included hydrocephalus, SAH, Tons. Herniation. Head still hurts when I cough, valsalva, etc.???

Probably no issue: You have been through a lot, so not surprising that you would worry, BUT, even though a Valsalva may make head hurt, unlikely at this point, that you are in any danger. If you get dizzy, lose vision, or feel sick when you cough or strain, have an updated MRI just to be safe. ...Read more

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Everytime I stand up I get a sharp pain in the top right side of my head. I have bronchitis and I'm pretty sure a sinus infection my head also hurts when I cough. What is this?

Everytime I stand up I get a sharp pain in the top right side of my head. I have bronchitis and I'm pretty sure a sinus infection my head also hurts when I cough. What is this?

Sinusitis: Sinusitis can explain your symptoms. The diagnosis can usually be made on history and physical exam. A plain xray will also show it, or a CT scan to get more details - but this is usually not required to treat an initial episode of sinusitis. ...Read more

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My head hurts when I cough and sneeze the past few days! Been taking allergy pills and pain pills!

My head hurts when I cough and sneeze the past few days! Been taking allergy pills and pain pills!

Seasonal flu: Is very common viral infection. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water and get a good rest. NSAIDs (e.g. Aleve, (naproxen) Advil) are also recommended every 6 hours. If concerned, see your PCP for examination. ...Read more

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My head. Hurts. When. I cough. On the. Left. Side. And. My ear hurts. On the left. Side. And. My neck. Hurts. On the left. Side. To?

My head. Hurts. When. I cough. On the. Left. Side. And. My ear hurts. On the left. Side. And. My neck. Hurts. On the left. Side. To?

Left sided pain: You may have wry neck or torticollis which is responsible for your left sided pain. See you doctor for help and while you are waiting to be seen you can apply warm compresses to the left side of your nevk ...Read more

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Night before last I started vomiting and couldn't keep anything down until today now the left side of my head hurts when I cough or sneeze what is it?

Night before last I started vomiting and couldn't keep anything down until today now the left side of my head hurts when I cough or sneeze what is it?

Cough, headache: Unexplained vomiting with headache and cough are significant symptoms that require medical attention. Perhaps you had a fall and hit your head? Call your doctor to make an appointment for an examination to se e what the problem is. There are many possibilities. ...Read more

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Throat started hurting 2days ago ; ;clogged, runny nose, it hurts when I cough, and phlegm is yellow and sometimes chunky. Head hurts once a day.

Throat started hurting 2days ago ; ;clogged, runny nose, it hurts when I cough, and phlegm is yellow and sometimes chunky. Head hurts once a day.

Coughing: You have a bad cold. Mucus can flow backwards down your throat and irritate it and cause you to cough. If you cough hard enough it can cause a pressure wave to travel up to your head and give you a headache. Most colds caused by viruses. Best thing is probably chicken soup, Jewish "Penicillin". ...Read more