Do you have an attack after coming in contact with a food or beverage? If you have difficulty breathing or experience anything out of the ordinary, go to the doctor immediately.
Think about what you did, what did you come into contact with? For a migraine food trigger, it may take up to a day before you get a headache. A diary can help keep tract of what you were doing prior to your headache/migraine.
According to many researchers, food allergy is the number one cause of migraine headaches. But allergies to foods are usually not a factor in causing an allergy headache, which is an unusual headache. Sound confusing?
An allergy is a hypersensitivity disorder of the immune system. Since headaches can develop in response to something you encounter in the environment, then it's reasonable to say that allergens can be headache triggers. Many people do experience an increase in the frequency and severity of their headaches during the spring, and fall. (allergy seasons)
But foods, stress and even to much sun can trigger migraines, and allergens, (allergens are a substance that can cause an allergic reaction) can be a headache trigger for some people as well.
It's important to address the exposure to the trigger, but once your headache begins, treat it as a migraine.
Many people believe that allergies lead into sinus headaches, but it's generally not true. Sinus headaches are caused by bacteria.
If you can identify your trigger ahead of time, you may be able to eliminate or control your allergy headaches before they start.
Misdiagnosing allergic headaches...
Let's start by saying again that an allergy is an overreaction of the immune symptom to a particular stimulus. It could be something like medicine, something you eat, inhaled pollen, something you smell, cleaning products, or even tobacco smoke.
Now let's stop here. What are all of the mentioned above? If you said migraine triggers, you're right.
You could also have an allergy to such things as:
With symptoms such as:.
You've probably heard of someone being rushed to the ER because of an allergic reaction to something. But this doesn't cause substantial headaches in people.
But the above, plus much more, can also trigger migraines in migraine suffers such as.
The mechanism of a migraine is not that of an allergy. Migraine triggers don't act by stimulating overreaction of the immune system, as allergic triggers do.
And to farther complicate matters on allergy headaches, doctors may prescribe decongestants, and they temporarily help, because they constrict blood vessels, therefore relieving swelling, reducing congestion, and pain, and that relives migraines. But if taken to often, decongestants can cause rebound headaches.
Something may be triggering migraines, and you could be treated with a nasal steroid spray for an allergy headache, and you could have headache relief, whether it's from an allergy or from migraine. To treat an allergy headache may be as simple as what may be "triggering your headaches", and yet so complicated. Consider paying close attention to your diet.
In a small English study of eighty eight migraine headache children, that had headaches at least once a week, 93% became symptom free when they followed a very restricted hypoallergenis diet. Interestingly, while the children avoided the foods that provoked their reactions, they became resistant to other triggers that had been thought to activate migraines.
Also for allergy headaches, don't eliminate all at once. Cut out a few at a time to see the difference. I know that this may be a confusing page for headache sufferers that also have allergies.
To sum this page up.
An allergy to something, and a migraine/headache trigger work to different mechanisms.
An allergy would cause something like a runny nose, stuffiness, eyes watering, maybe in severe cases, difficulty breathing. But rarely a headache.
And the same things you could have an allergy to, is also the same things that could trigger a migraine headache. That's the reason even Doctors sometimes make the wrong call. So for allergy headaches, visit the doctor. Print the diary at the top, and fill it out to see if you can make a connection for your allergy headaches. A specialist should be seen and he/she would give the best treatment.
Thanks for reading.
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