According to healthline Headaches are a frequent medical complaint that can be brought on by anything from emotional strain to more serious illnesses. To effectively manage and treat your pain, you must first be able to identify if your headache is merely temporary or indicative of a more serious health concern. Here we'll take a look at some of the symptoms that may indicate your headache is due to anything more serious.
Before anything else, I want to stress how severe a headache can be and how quickly you should see a doctor if it lasts more than a few days, comes with a fever, or has been getting worse over time. It's also helpful to write down where and what kind of discomfort you're feeling.
Meningococcal meningitis is an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord caused by a bacterial infection, and its symptoms include a headache in the back or front of the neck, a sense of pressure, and a sore throat. Therefore, if you experience any symptoms of meningococcal meningitis, it is crucial that you get medical help right away.
Cluster headaches, another potentially hazardous medical disorder related with headaches, are characterized by intense pain that occurs frequently and lasts for fifteen minutes to an hour. The pain is concentrated in one eye and accompanied by other symptoms including a drooping eyelid, a runny nose, and a red face. Persistent headaches, especially if they are reported as scorching or stabbing in the eye, warrant medical attention
Healthline reports that migraines may be an indicator of a more serious condition. Migraines can range from being very mild for some people to being extremely painful and accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, and even abnormalities in eyesight for others. If you are experiencing a migraine and it is not being alleviated by over-the-counter medications, or if any of the preceding symptoms are present, you should consult a doctor.
The recurrence of headache symptoms after a concussion may indicate a more serious problem. Persistent headaches after a concussion may be a sign of traumatic brain injury, which occurs when the brain is injured due to an external force like a fall or a car collision. Seek medical attention immediately in the event of a traumatic brain injury.
Last but not least, if you've recently battled an infection, you should know that you may get a post-infectious headache. When the immune system overreacts to an infection, it can induce symptoms like headaches. A migraine-like headache, brought on by an inflammatory response in the brain, can linger from a few days to a few weeks in such cases. If any of these symptoms persist or worsen, medical attention should be sought.
There are many potential medical causes for headaches, so it's vital to recognize the early warning signals that may accompany them. When a headache lasts more than a few days, is accompanied by a fever, or is unresponsive to home remedies, it's best to contact a doctor. A headache in the back or front of the neck, especially if accompanied by a feeling of pressure, is another warning symptom of meningococcal meningitis and warrants prompt medical care. In a similar vein, if the headache occurred after a concussion or an illness, it's important to contact a doctor to rule out more significant health issues.
It is easy to diagnose and treat any underlying health concerns that may be causing headaches by being aware of the warning signals that may accompany them. If you have a headache that lasts more than two days and is not relieved by over-the-counter medication, you should consult a doctor since it may be a sign of a more serious medical problem.
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