Is Headache a Common Symptom of COVID-19?

While a new loss of taste or smell is among some of the most publicized symptoms of COVID-19, headaches are also one of the leading symptoms. Headaches have been an established symptom of the COVID-19 virus and are listed as one of the top symptoms by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

However, symptoms may not appear until 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

Other Common Symptoms of COVID-19

Headache, fatigue, and muscle aches (myalgia) are some of the most commonly reported symptoms in people who have COVID-19. Other common symptoms of the virus include:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea

This list doesn’t include all possible symptoms of COVID-19. Additionally, anyone with emergency warning signs of COVID-19 should seek emergency medical care immediately. Emergency warning signs of COVID-19 include trouble breathing, pressure or chest pain, confusion, inability to stay awake or wake up, and gray, pale, or blue-colored skin or lips. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, call your health care provider as soon as possible to get a diagnosis.

Is there a Connection Between a Headache and COVID-19?

Yes, headache has been established to be one of the leading symptoms of COVID-19. Headaches appear to be one of the first symptoms people experience, even before developing a cough or loss of smell. Pain from headaches has been reported ranging from mild to severe. Some people have reported the headaches to be sporadic while others say their symptoms last all day.

What Type of Headache Does COVID-19 Cause?

Some patients have reported that a severe headache of COVID-19 only lasts a few days. Others have reported that their headaches lasted months – even after they no longer have the virus.

Generally, patients have reported the headache as whole-head, severe-pressure pain.

It differs from a migraine, which by defined as a repeatedly throbbing headache with sensitivity to sound or light and typically affects one side of the head. Instead, COVID-19 related headaches have been reported to affect the whole head.

Anyone with a sudden onset of a severe headache should seek medical evaluation – as headaches are a possible symptom of COVID-19. If you’re also experiencing other established symptoms such as loss of taste or smell, body aches, or fever, speaking with a healthcare professional is even more urgent.

Contact Headache TMJ – Los Angeles Pain Clinic Today

Headaches are a possible symptom of COVID-19 and may serve as an early warning sign. If you are experiencing headaches contact our clinic so we can provide you with a diagnosis and treatment options. Headache TMJ – Los Angeles Pain Clinic is led by Dr. Katayoun Omrani. As a leading board-certified Orofacial Pain specialist, Dr. Omrani has treated all types of temporomandibular joint (TMJ), head, facial, and cervical disorders. Our clinic serves patients in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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