Headache associated with infection. More often, these headaches are attributed to viral infections ie influenza or COVID 19. Occasionally, infections can be bacterial – originating in the sinuses or even the brain. The ICHD specifics headaches due to viral, bacterial and other systemic infection. This list of diagnostic criteria for headache attributed to systemic infection is listed below.
Headaches are usually on both sides (bilateral), constant and intensity gradually increases. Headaches can be aggravated by straining – and are often accompanied with nausea, green/ yellowish nasal drainage and/or fever. Headaches can develop into abscess, seen on neuroimaging. Immediate antibiotics should be given if suspected brain abscess.
By: Jordan Shankle, PA