Ask Dr. Jen Tan

Headaches and flu

Headaches can be one of the most debilitating symptoms of flu

Echinacea is a traditional herb known to aid the body in its fight against colds and flu by supporting the immune system – but not all Echinacea is the same! Research shows that the fresher the herb, the more effective the remedy will be, which is why our Echinaforce cold and flu remedies are made using freshly harvested Echinacea.


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    Audrey — 08.02.2018 23:21
    I do not normally get headaches however I currently have flu and it seems I have pain in my brain. It is like small surprising strikes in various places. I actually have had this before, particularly the last several months, perhaps once in a while when I am under stress. It will be just 1 which may last for just a little bit and typically I pause and breathe to still it (maybe 1.5 min tops). However with this flu it is every few minutes and shooting all over place. Little lightning strikes the front temples. And then a small grip on left about four finger above ear. Are these typical with flu?


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      Jen Tan — 09.02.2018 08:06
      Hello Audrey. Yes, headaches can be part of flu. However, these are usually mild. What you have described seems to me to be more severe than the normal symptom we would expect from flu and it will be wise to go to your doctor to have this checked out.


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    Robert — 24.01.2018 20:35
    I was just sick with flu for 3 days, then seemed to be ok and got slammed with this migraine out of no where, what is the best way to ease pain.


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      Jen Tan — 24.01.2018 21:51
      Hello Robert. Migraines are very specific headaches. If you have experienced them in the past, you will find that you can be more prone to them with any acute illness such as the flu. If this is the case, take your normal pain-killer for the headache and in addition, Echinacea to help rid your body of any residual viral symptoms. If however, this is the first time you have experienced a 'migraine', there could be a different explanation and you should then seek further help from your doctor locally.


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    Ben — 15.01.2018 20:51
    Hello DR. JT. I thought that I had the flu, as I had whole body aches and severe head ache. Vomited only a little bit. I'm goin on my third day f a splitting headache behind my right eye. Can you give me some advice?


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      Jen Tan — 16.01.2018 09:33
      Hello Ben. The headache you have could be due to sinus infection or inflammation - this is a known complication of the flu. It will be best to get this confirmed by your doctor as we do not want to miss another cause of headache. Using a nasal decongestant can help, but your doctor may suggest the use of antibiotics. As much as we would like to avoid the use of this class of medicine, it is sometimes necessary.


    • Eileen 's photo avatar
      Eileen — 08.02.2018 00:07
      A splitting headache behind one eye and a bit of vomiting are classic signs of migraine, not sinusitis.


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