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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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I have had migraine headaches for years. I take beta blockers.   for the last year the top of my head hurts whenever I bend over, sneeze or cough.  ?

I have had migraine headaches for years. I take beta blockers.   for the last year the top of my head hurts whenever I bend over, sneeze or cough.  ?

Assessment needed.: Several issues must be reviewed: 1, sleep problems? Even you might not realize that, 2. Any trigger points or painful points in neck as they give referral pain in head, 3. Is there any medication withdrawal or sudden stop? 4. Is scalp tender on top of head? See your doctor for assessment. ...Read more

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Cough headache for 3 months. I'm fine but if I cough, strain, laugh or bend down, the top of my head hurts. What is this? No sinus infection.

Cough headache for 3 months. I'm fine but if I cough, strain, laugh or bend down, the top of my head hurts. What is this? No sinus infection.

? Sinusitis: Kindly see your doctor to rule out sinus problems, infection or chronic inflammation, s/he may refer you to an ENT or an allergist given that you have chronic cough as well, best wishes ...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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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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Cough and my neck and head hurts what could it be?

Cough and my neck and head hurts what could it be?

URI: You could have an upper respiratory infection involving your sinuses along with swollen lymph glands. See your doctor for help. ...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 had bad headache all day. Why would by head hurt when I cough?

I have had bad headache all day. 
Why would by head hurt when I cough?

Head hurt & cough: Think of when you went to a country fair as a child and there was a game where you slammed a big sledge hammer onto one end a small seesaw and the other end made a weight rise and hopefully made a bell ring. When you cough hard enough you start a pressure wave of spinal fluid up your spinal column up to your brain (the bell) and you feel the headache. So sorry! ...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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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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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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Is there such thing as a super cold? I cough all night, my head hurts and now my eyes are affected-very watery and crusted over in the morning.

Is there such thing as a super cold? I cough all night, my head hurts and now my eyes are affected-very watery and crusted over in the morning.

Conjunctivitis: Most probably you have conjunctivits, which is a viral infection affecting your eyes.
Having a cold or flu means your body has a virus and your eyes can get it, too.
In mild cases it will run its course and no medication is needed. Try artifical tears over the counter and cool compresses to make the symptoms less bothersome.
Severe cases might need treatment of an antibiotic or anti-inflammatory. ...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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When i cough or bend over the left side of my head hurts and pressure. And when i press my forehead it is tender.?

When i cough or bend over the left side of my head hurts and pressure. And when i press my forehead it is tender.?

Sinus: An infection in the frontal sinus could cause headache and local tenderness, along with some dizziness and nausea. There may not be any other sinus drainage or congestion symptoms but there usually are. Treatments to try would be to breathe hot steam vapor and irrigate the sinuses with saline and could try some decongestants from the store. Get a check up if symptoms continue or worsen. ...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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I keep on coughing this prductive cough yet my ear hurts my head hurts my upper thighs hurts can you help telle what's wrong?

I keep on coughing this prductive cough yet my ear hurts my head hurts my upper thighs hurts can you help telle what's wrong?

Chronic or acute?: If this cough is less than 3 weeks old, it is likely due to acute bronchitis of either viral or bacterial origin. If it has been present for longer than this, the possible etiologies include bronchospasm of any etiology, post-nasal drip, gerd, or a combination of these factors. For diagnosis and treatment, see your doctor. If you smoke, your doctor can help you quit to decrease airway inflammation. ...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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Back of my head hurts wen i cough like its going to explode.Gp gave me muscle relaxants and it works. Y does it hurt? Its my first tym to exprience it

Back of my head hurts wen i cough like its going to explode.Gp gave me muscle relaxants and it works. Y does it hurt? Its my first tym to exprience it

Muscle Tension: What you are describing is muscle tension or a pulled muscle which got stretched when you started coughing or have a pinched nerve that is arising from the first two cervical nerve roots that are causing the problem. You may have slept wrong and have a mild stiff neck. If persists, discuss this with your doctor. ...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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My 14 yo son is having random bouts of chest discomfort and palpitations. Recently got over pneumonia. Has barky cough, head hurts when he coughs?

My 14 yo son is having random bouts of chest discomfort and palpitations. Recently got over pneumonia. Has barky cough, head hurts when he coughs?

Get him checked: by an allergist, seems that he has reflux, may be the cause for the barking cough, source of cough needs to be investigated, repeated cough can cause headaches, chest discomfort and palpitations also needs to be evaluated either by his doctor or a cardiologist ...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