Why Does Coughing Make My Head Hurt?

Sometimes, what is first diagnosed as a cough headache may be caused by a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak. Coughing or straining may trigger the headache, but the underlying cause is the CSF leak. This is one of the reasons why it’s important to see your provider for a new cough headache.

  1. How long do cough headaches last?
  2. What does it mean if you have a headache and a cough?
  3. What does it mean when your head hurts when you cough?
  4. How can I stop my head hurting when I cough?
  5. Should I be worried if my head hurts when I cough?
  6. Why does my whole head hurt when I cough?
  7. Is it normal to get a headache from coughing?
  8. How do I get rid of a headache and cough?
  9. Do cough headaches go away?
  10. How can I stop my head from hurting when I cough?

How long do cough headaches last?

Symptoms of cough headaches: Begin suddenly with and just after coughing or other types of straining. Typically last a few seconds to a few minutes — some can last up to two hours.

What does it mean if you have a headache and a cough?

A secondary cough headache may be triggered by a cough, but it is caused by problems with the brain or structures near the brain and spine. Secondary cough headaches can be more serious and may require treatment with surgery. Anyone who has a cough headache for the first time should see their health care provider.

What does it mean when your head hurts when you cough?

A secondary cough headache may be triggered by a cough, but it is caused by problems with the brain or structures near the brain and spine. Secondary cough headaches can be more serious and may require treatment with surgery. Anyone who has a cough headache for the first time should see their health care provider.

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How can I stop my head hurting when I cough?

Over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication, such as ibuprofen, may help to relieve the pain of a headache. If a cold or flu is causing the coughing, cold or flu remedies may help to reduce coughing and related headaches. Clearing the sinuses may also help to reduce pressure in the head.

Should I be worried if my head hurts when I cough?

A secondary cough headache may be triggered by a cough, but it is caused by problems with the brain or structures near the brain and spine. Secondary cough headaches can be more serious and may require treatment with surgery. Anyone who has a cough headache for the first time should see their health care provider.

Why does my whole head hurt when I cough?

Sometimes, what is first diagnosed as a cough headache may be caused by a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak. Coughing or straining may trigger the headache, but the underlying cause is the CSF leak. This is one of the reasons why it's important to see your provider for a new cough headache.

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Is it normal to get a headache from coughing?

Cough headaches are a type of head pain triggered by coughing and other types of straining. This may include sneezing, blowing your nose, laughing, crying, singing, bending over or having a bowel movement. Cough headaches are fairly uncommon. There are two types: primary cough headaches and secondary cough headaches.

How do I get rid of a headache and cough?

Over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication, such as ibuprofen, may help to relieve the pain of a headache. If a cold or flu is causing the coughing, cold or flu remedies may help to reduce coughing and related headaches. Clearing the sinuses may also help to reduce pressure in the head.

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Do cough headaches go away?

Primary cough headache events usually resolves on their own. For most people, primary cough headache goes away completely within four years. Because the headache pain goes away quickly, there is usually no need to treat each occurrence.

How can I stop my head from hurting when I cough?

Over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication, such as ibuprofen, may help to relieve the pain of a headache. If a cold or flu is causing the coughing, cold or flu remedies may help to reduce coughing and related headaches. Clearing the sinuses may also help to reduce pressure in the head.

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