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Causes of Headaches With Nausea & Dizziness

author image Antonius Ortega
Antonius Ortega is a 13-year veteran of the fitness industry and an athletic trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise. His articles on fitness, health and travel have appeared in newspapers such as the "The Hornet," "The Daily Bruin," and "Stars and Stripes." Ortega trains in Orange County.
Causes of Headaches With Nausea & Dizziness
Dizziness, nausea or blurred vision accompanying a headache could mean you need medical attention.

Some conditions that can cause headaches accompanied by dizziness and nausea include concussions and other head injuries, meningitis and vertigo, according to the Mayo Clinic. Medline Plus recommends that anyone with a headache who has been vomiting stay away from solid food for six hours. Seek medical attention if you experience these symptoms or others such as blurred vision or fever with a headache.

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Injuries to the head may cause headache, nausea and vomiting, depending on the severity of the blow. In the case of a concussion, the brain slams into the side of the skull, causing bleeding or tears in the surrounding nerves, according to the Mayo Clinic. Certain activities or sports, such as football, martial arts and soccer can make someone more susceptible to a concussion. Children sometimes receive concussions after falling in a playground. Aside from headache, nausea and vomiting, symptoms can include impaired balance, prolonged memory loss, ringing of the ears and loss of taste. Anyone who thinks he has had a concussion should seek medical care.


Vertigo is a vestibular disorder characterized by a false sense of motion that can make you dizzy. The vestibular system houses parts of the brain and inner ear that regulate balance. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting and headache, according to the Vestibular Disorders Association. The Mayo Clinic says one cause of vertigo may be Meniere's Disease. This condition involves a build-up of fluid in the inner ear. Meniere’s Disease can affect adults at any age and is most commonly associated with sudden bouts of vertigo lasting 30 minutes or more.


The Mayo Clinic says that symptoms of meningitis include headache, nausea and vomiting. Other symptoms may include stiff neck, fever, chills and mental-status changes. Meningitis is characterized by a swelling and irritation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Meningitis can be either viral or bacterial. People at risk of developing meningitis include those who live in close quarters, such as military personnel or college students. As with a concussion, anyone who thinks he has meningitis needs medical care.

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