What’s The Science Behind Coughing and Head Pain?

When flu season approaches, temperatures drop to a considerable extent. It is common to experience colds, coughs, or allergies at that time. But, does your head also hurt when you cough everytime? If so, it is time to find out why.

Head Hurts When You Cough – Here’s Why

If, during your medical checkups, one of the initial complaints is the head pain you experience while coughing, do not let brush it off and ask about the cause and treatment. Your healthcare expert needs to identify the root cause of your problem in order to give an appropriate treatment plan to follow.

Here are 2 types of cough headaches explained in detail.

  1. Primary Cough Headaches
    Usually, the most prevalent type seen in people is primary cough headaches. Usually, they are temporary and do not lead to long lasting issues.
    It does not matter what you are suffering from, a cold, sneezing because of allergies, or even excessively laughing; the pressure that flows through during coughing may trigger a headache which in turn increases the force on your head to cause discomfort and pain.
  2. Secondary Cough Headaches
    Although they are less common to occur; however, they are more serious. Secondary cough headaches are often due to a dangerous underlying condition like a brain disorder.
    Causes of this type of cough headache include the following:

    1. Brain tumor
    2. Hydrocephalus (an accumulation of fluid in the brain)
    3. A condition affecting the CSF – the cerebrospinal fluid.

Symptoms of Cough Headaches

While headaches, coughing, and sneezing are all symptoms that are seen during a cold or flu, cough headaches may also occur independently without any underlying allergens present.

If you have head pain when coughing, you may feel sharp or stabbing sensations. The pain can occur during or afterward the episode.

How To Relieve Head Pressure When Coughing?

You can try various DIY remedies at home to lessen the pain and discomfort because of primary cough headaches.

If a cold or flu is the underlying cause, consider taking medications specifically targeting those symptoms. For coughing related to allergies, clearing your sinuses can help eliminate allergens from your body and reduce pressure on your head.

When it comes to secondary coughing, get in touch with your doctor to learn about the root cause (disease) and start treatment for it immediately.

Other than that, adequate resting is a necessity for your body to heal, so make sure to give yourself ample time to sleep and allow your immune system to fight effectively.

Moreover, take care of your hydration. Consuming a good amount of fluids, including warm beverages like honey and lemon-infused hot tea, can help soothe a sore throat.

Closing Note

Our team at Aqeeq Internal Medicine is merely a call away to help you with your medical queries. Talk to us at (832) 786-8195. You can also visit our team at 16125 Cairnway Dr. Ste 114 Houston, TX 77084, right next to Chiropractic Clinic.



Skip to content