SymptomsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Primary 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 30 minutes
- Cause sharp, stabbing or splitting pain
- Usually affect both sides of your head and are typically worse in the back of your head
- May be followed by a dull, aching pain for several hours
Secondary cough headaches
Secondary cough headaches often have similar symptoms as primary cough headaches. In addition, you may experience:
- Longer lasting headaches
When to see a doctor
Consult your doctor if you experience sudden headaches after coughing — especially if the headaches are frequent or severe or you have any other troubling signs or symptoms, such as imbalance or blurred or double vision.
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