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COVID-19 Symptoms Explained: Experiencing a Headache

Among the many COVID-19 symptoms, headache may be the one we’re most likely to attribute to other causes, like dehydration or stress. But having a headache—while not the most common COVID-19 symptom—shouldn’t be ignored. That’s because a headache can be one of the first signs of this virus, even before fever and cough.

What Does a COVID-19 Headache Feel Like?

A headache from COVID-19 can present differently than a migraine or tension headache. Researchers have discovered that some of the prominent features of a COVID-19 headache include:

  • Having a pulsing, pressing, or stabbing sensation
  • Occurring bilaterally (across the whole head)
  • Presenting with severe pressure that won’t respond to typical pain relievers, like ibuprofen and acetaminophen
  • Lasting for longer than three days

It’s not uncommon for a virus to cause headache symptoms; fighting an infection is a lot of work for your body! As your body mounts its immune response, your immune cells release cytokines, which are small proteins that can cause inflammation in the body. An excess of inflammation (coupled with fever, not sleeping well, and not drinking enough water) can lead to headaches.

Headache Treatment at PhysicianOne Urgent Care

If you are experiencing a headache, come to PhysicianOne Urgent Care for prompt treatment. We can administer a COVID-19 test to determine if that’s the reason for your pain. We can also recommend other solutions to help your headache pain, such as prescription medication.

PhysicianOne Urgent Care has facilities in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York, all of which are open every day of the year with extended hours. Just stop in when you need us, and we’ll take care of you. Click here to view our locations. You can also book a Virtual Visit with our team to discuss the symptoms you’re experiencing, and your COVID-19 test will be prioritized when you come in.

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