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Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

A high temperature and headaches can be a symptom of an underlying condition, or may crop up on their own. Usually, these will clear up over time, without the need for medication or treatment.

But if you’re experiencing both at the same time, this could be a sign of a serious infection. In cases like this, it’s vital to consult with your GP as soon as possible.

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Headache and fever in a man
Fever symptoms in a child

Fever and Headaches: Symptoms

The biggest feature of a fever is, of course, a high temperature. Generally speaking, if your temperature is above 37.5℃, this could be a sign that you are developing a fever.

This is often combined with a dull, throbbing pain in your head. Together, they can make it difficult to carry out everyday tasks.


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What’s Causing Your Fever and Headaches?

Experiencing a headache and high temperature at the same time could indicate a range of medical issues, including:

  • Flu
  • Ear Infection
  • Tonsillitis
  • Meningitis
  • Encephalitis
  • Brain abscesses
  • Systemic or whole-body infections (like HIV or AIDS)
  • Systemic Lupus
  • Erythematosus
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Temporal Arteritis
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High temperature can be caused by another medical issue
Keeping cool while the fever is high

When to See a Doctor

In most cases, a fever is nothing to worry about and can be handled by keeping cool and taking ibuprofen. It will usually go away in about five days.

However, as you can see, in some cases this combination of fever and headaches can be caused by a serious medical problem. Since these can be very complex to diagnose - it’s important to get the opinion of a doctor as soon as you can if your fever lasts longer than a week.

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3. Start feeling better

As well as treatment advice, our doctors can issue prescriptions and referrals following your consultation.
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