What is forehead pain?

Forehead pain is a common symptom of infection, inflammation, vascular conditions, or physical trauma. Forehead pain can result from increased fluid (edema) in the soft tissues surrounding the forehead, sinuses or brain. It may occur in conditions affecting the forehead area itself or in association with more generalized conditions such as colds, flu, or low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).

Inflammation and infection are common causes of forehead pain. Infection of the sinuses (sinusitis) can lead to forehead pain. Meningitis (inflammation of the sac that surrounds the brain and spinal cord) also results in forehead pain. Trauma to the head may cause forehead pain and can indicate a serious or life-threatening condition. These traumas include concussion, intracranial bleeding, and subdural hematoma.

Common causes of forehead pain include migraines, vascular headaches in which pain may occur on one side or the entire forehead. Forehead pain is also commonly caused by tension headaches due to stress or muscle tightness in the neck, jaw or scalp. Other causes of forehead pain include eye strain and withdrawal from substances such as caffeine or alcohol.

Sudden forehead pain accompanied by numbness or weakness of the legs, especially when it occurs on only one side of the body, can be a sign of stroke, meningitis, intracranial hemorrhage, or subdural hematoma. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, experience these symptoms.


What other symptoms might occur with forehead pain?

Forehead pain may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the forehead may also involve other body systems.

Infectious symptoms that may occur with forehead pain

Forehead pain may accompany other symptoms related to infection such as:


What causes forehead pain?

Forehead pain results from multiple processes that affect the forehead. Headaches are a common cause of forehead pain. Such headaches may result from vascular abnormalities, muscle tension, or inflammation. Forehead pain is commonly caused by sinus infection, viral infections such as cold or flu, or even bacterial meningitis. Many other conditions may lead to forehead pain, including drug withd... Read more about forehead paincauses

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 23, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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