Cough Headaches -


Introduction -
Cough Headache can be caused by cough; sneeze or bending, when the blood pressure in the veins in the head increases and the pain may be sharp or stabbing usually on both the sides of the head and at the back of the skull. These may be mild, severe and/or long-lasting. It may start suddenly and can be for a few seconds to few minutes.

Primary Cough Headache is a milder form of cough headache and not a very serious condition. Secondary cough headache (a more serious form of cough headache) may be a result of serious causes like brain tumors and malformations in the brain.

Cough headache is a slight variation from Vascular Headache and usually occurs during a bowel movement, coughing, sneezing, bending or straining.

Who suffers from cough headaches?
More men than women suffer from this. Men are three times more likely to suffer from this type of headache. It can occur in men who are 40 years old and above.

Diagnose of Cough Headaches -
It is best to visit the physician if the headache becomes severe. The physician first needs to determine if it is really a cough headache and if it is serious. They usually recommend an MRI exam (Magnetic Resonance Imaging).

Primary Cough Headache -
An unusual type of cough headache, it is characterized by sharp splitting or stabbing pain on both the sides of the head or at the back of the skull. It occurs due to excessive coughing or other types of strains like laughing, crying or blowing the nose, lasting for a few seconds or a few minutes, but a mild pain may persist for a few hours in some cases. Increased pressure in the head (intracranial pressure) while coughing and other types of strains, a previous infection, and irregularities in the brain are said to be the causes, but the exact cause is not known. If the headaches are sudden and severe then a visit to the doctor is advisable. MRI exam is conducted to diagnose the condition. If it has a long history, then indomethacin to help reduce the pressure in the brain is prescribed or else, acetazolamide or topiramarate may be prescribed. A spinal tap (lumbar puncture) involving the removal of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord may be done in some rare cases.

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