Can migraines cause fever? Severe headaches can occur for no reason, or at least that is what it feels like. However, things like sinus infections, central nervous system problems, or a head injury can be the cause of headaches and/or migraines. A fever can occur with a migraine. However, fevers are more typically associated with infection in the body. This article teaches what a migraine is, its symptoms, and how migraines and fevers may occur simultaneously.

What are Migraine Headaches?

Migraine headaches are one of the most common types of headaches, and they can be very debilitating. Nausea with or without vomiting commonly occur with migraines. Migraines may be preceded by an aura, a visual disturbance that can include light flashes, zigzag lines, or blind spots. The migraine headache is typically unilateral (one-sided) and throbbing and may be accompanied by sensitivity to light and sound as well as nausea and vomiting. Migraines can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection , which is rare but can be more severe.

Migraine Symptoms.

There are many different migraine symptoms. Some people experience neck stiffness, blurred vision, and a sensitivity to light and sound. Others may experience an upset stomach, mood changes, or difficulty speaking. In severe cases, people may experience a temporary loss of vision or even a stroke.

What are Migraine Attacks?

A migraine attack is a severe, throbbing head pain often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and/or sensitivity to light and sound. The pain can be so severe that it can interfere with daily activities. Migraine attacks can be caused by a viral or bacterial infection, stress, or changes in weather or altitude. Sometimes food sensitivities will result in migraines. Hormonal fluctuations, primarily in women, can trigger migraines.

Sporadic Hemiplegic Migraine.

A Sporadic Hemiplegic Migraine is a very rare, disabling form of migraine. Some attacks can last for days and often include temporary paralysis on one side of the body. Triggers for these migraines can include stress, changes in weather, bright lights, and noise. There is no cure for Sporadic Hemiplegic Migraine, but treatments can help lessen symptoms. These treatments may include natural medications, muscle relaxants, and therapies to help reduce stress.

When Does a Fever Occur?

A fever is a body temperature that is higher than normal. Fevers can be caused by many things, such as illness, infection, or even hot weather. A fever is part of the body’s immune system response, usually to an infection. In most cases, a fever is not dangerous and will go away. However, it is important to monitor a fever and contact a doctor if it becomes too high or lasts too long.

For example, if you have a dental abscess, the infection in your mouth may cause a series of symptoms. One of these symptoms could be fever due to your body recognizing and responding to an infection. Your body will continue to work and fight off the infection, and your cells may release chemicals to fight the infection that raise the body temperature.

Are Fevers Associated with Migraines?

There is some evidence to suggest that fevers may be associated with migraines. Some people who suffer from migraines report that their symptoms worsen during high fever periods. It is not clear why this is the case, but the increased body temperature may trigger a migraine attack in some people. More research is needed to determine if there is a true link between fever and migraine headaches. In some cases dehydration from nausea and vomiting or poor liquid intake could lead to a fever.

Migraine and Fever.

Migraine and fever are sometimes connected by a third factor. Sinus headaches can lead to migraines, and the symptoms of a sinus infection can cause a fever. A sinus headache is one of the most common types of headaches. It is caused by inflammation and congestion in the sinuses, which can result from allergies, colds, flu or bacterial infections. Sinus headaches can also be caused by structural problems with the nose or sinuses, such as a deviated septum.

A bacterial infection is a condition that results when bacteria invade and multiply in tissues and organs. Many different types of bacteria can cause infections ranging from mild to life-threatening. Bacterial infections can occur in any part of the body. Still, some of the most common include respiratory infections (such as pneumonia), ear infections, urinary tract infections, skin infections, and food poisoning.

The symptoms of a bacterial infection vary depending on the type of bacteria involved and the location of the infection. Some common symptoms include fever, chills, cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, rash, diarrhea, and vomiting. If left untreated, a bacterial infection can lead to serious health complications.

Migraine Triggers.

Migraines are a type of headache that can be extremely debilitating. While the cause of migraines is still not completely understood, it is believed that they may be caused by various factors, including changes in the brain and spinal fluid flow, neurologic conditions, and even weather conditions. What is known, however, is that any factor that can worsen migraines can also increase the number or severity of migraines.

Migraine pain can come out of nowhere. Typically there are signs that an attack will occur, starting with a throbbing headache. Migraines can cause people to be extremely light-sensitive, so sitting in a dark room can be helpful. If you suffer migraines repeatedly, having an evaluation by a physician is important to have a game plan to avoid triggers and a set of things you can try at home to manage your migraines. Treatment options including supplements or prescriptions can be successful at preventing or treating migraines. If your pain is severe, or accompanied by any signs of paralysis or blindness, please seek a healthcare professional immediately.

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Key Takeaways on Migraine Headaches.

Migraines are severe headaches, usually one sided, and are often accompanied by nausea and/or vomiting, visual disturbances and/or sensitivity to light or sound. Fevers may occur with migraines, but can also be a sign of an infection or other cause of a headache or migraine. Working with a healthcare professional to try to find and manage migraine triggers is important. With appropriate evaluation and treatment plans migraine sufferers can improve their quality of life and decrease the frequency and severity of the attacks, and possibly even resolve them altogether.