Fever Headaches: Do Not Ignore Them
Running a fever and experiencing headaches are two separate symptoms that are not necessarily alarming; however, fever headaches may be a sign that there’s something much more serious that is causing the symptom. The combination of headache and fever symptoms has been associated with viral infections such as influenza, as well as serious conditions like bacterial meningitis, typhoid fever and encephalitis. While enduring headaches when one is running a fever doesn’t automatically mean that one is suffering from a life-threatening illness, if you’re experiencing fever combined with headaches or other symptoms, consult a specialist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Most people tend to take action to relieve the symptoms, but when headache medications and fever reducers aren’t working like they’re supposed to, chances are, something else is causing the fever and the headaches. The illnesses that cause fever headaches can be bacterial and viral in nature, which is why it is important to know what’s causing these symptoms in order to get the right treatment for the right illness.
Treatment for Fever Headaches
Relieving symptoms may not be able to help cure the underlying illness that cause them, but they can definitely help the patient feel better and more comfortable. The simplest treatment method for headaches and fever is to get some sleep. The body has a better chance of fighting off infections when it is at rest, and also, the symptoms aren’t so bothersome when one is asleep. Over the counter pain and fever medications can be taken to lower a person’s temperature and relieve headaches.
- Ibuprofen is effective in reducing fever and relieving pain; however, it’s best to consult a doctor first because it may cause adverse effects especially if the fever headaches are caused by a serious viral or bacterial infection.
- Acetaminophen is also effective in relieving fever and headaches on its own, but is often used to compliment ibuprofen use.
- Applying cold compress or a cool wet washrag on the forehead can also cool down a person’s body temperature and relieve headache symptoms at the same time.
In cases of high fever, mild to severe headaches may occur as a result of dehydration. If efforts to rehydrate do not relieve the headache, it’s best to go see a doctor to find out what illness is behind these symptoms.
Experiencing fever and headaches at the same time may not seem like something to be worried about, and a lot of times it isn’t. However, ignoring these symptoms may lead to serious complications. Treating the headache and fever can result in temporary relief, but in cases where there’s an underlying illness causing these symptoms, waiting too long before seeking medical attention can lead to complications that may result in death. If you are experiencing fever headaches combined with other symptoms that may signify a serious underlying cause, get help from a headache specialist immediately. (If you suspect your condition is from an occupational illness or injury, read more about your options here).
If you’re experiencing any type of headache pain, schedule an appointment with one of our headache specialists immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment.