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The Link Between Migraines and Allergies

Alice ThorpeAlice Thorpe
Nov 17, 2017

After some research there appears to be a link between migraines and allergies. A study that was conducted in 2013 found that allergy sufferers were 33 percent more likely to suffer from migraines too.

So what can you do about your migraines and allergies? Alice offers some practical tips to help combat the two.

The Link Between Migraines and Allergies

So today I wanted to talk to you about the link between migraines and allergies. I have actually been suffering from migraines for over half of my life now so I have found some tips and tricks that hopefully will help you out.

So after doing a little bit of research, it seems that migraines and allergies can have a link.

There was actually a study that was conducted in 2013 that found that allergy sufferers were 33 percent more likely to suffer from migraines too. So, that’s bad for those of us who also have allergies.

Now there are four allergy types:

  1. Nasal allergies, like sinusitis
  2. Food allergies
  3. Histamines can also cause allergy and migraine triggers because that is the chemical that your body produces when it comes into contact with an allergen, and wants to fight it off.
  4. Indoor allergies, like pet fur, dust, all the different things like that.

So there are a few different triggers that can cause it.  So hopefully if you’re already receiving treatment for your migraines, you have figured out the trigger. But if you haven’t actually thought about allergies being the reason, maybe it’s worth going back to your doctor and talking about the allergy side of things.

Hopefully, if you can control your allergies, the tie between the migraines becomes a little looser, and fingers crossed, you don’t suffer as much.

What Can You Do to Combat Migraines and Allergies?

The best thing to do is probably go to your doctor. Keeping a headache journal, and a food journal will helpfully aid them in finding out what it is that’s causing your migraines.

So, keep a note of what you’re eating, how often you’re getting headaches, kind of what they’re like, and then take that to your doctor and then hopefully can pull everything together and kind of figure out what it is that’s doing it.

If it is allergies, the best thing to do is probably go and see an allergy specialist.

That specialist will hopefully be able to prescribe you an over-the-counter medicine that is probably stronger and more targeted than your usual kind of drugstore medicine that you can just buy anywhere. So hopefully your doctor can prescribe you something a little bit more effective.

Of course, if you can, avoid the triggers. So maybe avoid those allergens and avoid any foods that you noticed have triggered your allergies.

Fingers crossed, if that is the link between you and your migraines, hopefully controlling the allergy side will help control the migraines.

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