Many factors including age, genetics, and gender affect your risk of experiencing migraines. A migraine is a long-lasting headache often accompanied by throbbing pain, nausea, and light and sound sensitivity. Many find migraines make work or school difficult, or in extreme cases, migraines can leave the afflicted person incapable of activity until the pain subsides. Migraines can be triggered by internal states such as dehydration or fatigue, but can also be impacted by external factors including seasonal allergies.
In the Sinus, Allergy, and Migraine Study published in Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain by Michael Eross and Drs. Eric Eross, DO and David DoDick, MD, 54% of the participants who suffered migraine headaches experienced allergic rhinitis, also known as seasonal allergies. Of those surveyed, 76% of those with migraines had experienced at least one acute sinus infection. The pain associated with migraines can often last between 4 and 72 hours and may occupy the space behind the eyes or manifest as a throbbing facial pressure or pain around the eyes, nose and temples. These areas are where the sinus cavities are located, which can become inflamed by seasonal allergies or sinus infections. This inflammation can lead to congestion and mucus buildup which in turn can trigger repeated or chronic migraines. This unpleasant side effect of seasonal allergies, when paired with other symptoms such as nasal drip, sneezing, itchy watery eyes, and congestion, can impair your ability to go about daily life.
Dr. Pasha and one of his patients, Linda, went on Great Day Houston to discuss this uncomfortable connection between allergies and other sinus troubles, and frequent debilitating migraines. While Dr. Pasha does not treat migraines, patients with migraines as well as sinus troubles often find their migraines improve after they receive treatment that enables their sinuses to drain properly again, which relieves migraine-triggering pressure. Before seeing Dr. Pasha, Linda had managed her pain and congestion through prescription and over-the-counter medications. It wasn’t until Dr. Pasha found and treated the source of her troubles that she was able to breathe freely again and find relief from frequent migraines.
If like Linda, you’re tired of being held back from everyday life by your allergies and sinus problems, discuss migraines with Dr. Pasha. Stop treating your symptoms, take care of your sinus condition at the source, and get back to enjoying life to the fullest.