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Headaches from an infection?
Headaches with Fever

Headaches are common and usually nothing to worry about. But if you have a fever in addition to your headache, then it’s a good idea to talk with your healthcare provider to make sure there is nothing more serious (like an infection) going on.  Fever and headaches can be a potentially dangerous combination.

Headache and fever can be a sign of an infection that is localized to your central nervous system, which is made up of the brain and spinal cord.  Examples of central nervous infections that can cause headache and fever include: meningitis, encephalitis, or brain abscess.  Systemic or whole body infections, such as the “flu”, or more serious infections like HIV or AIDS, can also cause headache and fever.

Sinus Headache Is One of the Most Common

A sinus headache and fever, in addition to a variety of other possible symptoms, like facial tenderness or swelling, ear pain, tooth pain, and thick nasal discharge persisting for more than 7 days, may indicate a sinus infection.  If this is the case, a course of antibiotics, rest, fluids and steam should clear it up quickly.  If your doctor diagnosis a sinus infection, and your fever persists or your symptoms worsen, despite being on an antibiotic, than you need to contact them immediately to ensure there is not something else going on.  Very rarely, sinus infections can lead to other complications, such as: a brain abscess, meningitis, blood clot, or osteomyelitis which is an infection of the facial bones, especially the forehead.

Sinus Headache Without Fever

Most people don’t know that sinus pain and headache may not always originate in the sinuses.  The muscles and bones of the neck refer pain to different parts of the head (trigger points of the neck and head; Click here to see photo) masquerading as a sinus problem.  Dr. Strauss corrects that musculoskeletal problem that feels like a sinus headache using chiropractic adjustments, exercises and muscle therapy so you can avoid unnecessary antibiotics.

Article text supplied by Colleen Doherty,

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