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Allergy Headaches: What Causes Them and How to Treat Them

Written by Silverstein Institute
Published: 05 Oct 2020

allergy headachesAn allergy headache is just as it sounds- when allergies cause a person to have a headache. The symptoms of an allergy headache include throbbing and pain around the sinus area, pain around the eyes, a red, swollen and runny nose, and pain on the cheekbones. The throbbing is usually on one side of the head and may be intensified by sunlight. A person may even get nauseous. Also, if you have pain around the sinus area, it may be facial pain instead of pain in the head.

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What Causes Allergy Headaches?

There are several different factors that could lead to an allergy headache. Some are triggered by foods, by allergies during certain seasons, by the weather, or by a change in air pressure. Sinus congestion can also lead to headache pain. If you’re not sure of the cause, you should see an allergist. Sinusitis, inflammation in the sinuses, could be another cause of allergy headaches. During sinusitis, the sinuses become inflamed, which causes them to be blocked and does not allow mucus to drain out. The trapped mucus can cause an infection.

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How do you Treat Allergy Headaches?

If your allergy headache is caused by a food allergy, you should avoid the food that you are allergic to and see a doctor, as food allergies can sometimes be fatal. On the other hand, there are foods that you can eat that are said to help relieve your allergies. Omega-3s are great for allergies because they help to fight inflammation. When pollen is high, horseradish, chili peppers or hot mustard help keep your airways clear. All of these may act as natural, temporary decongestants.

If your allergy headaches are caused by seasonal allergies, there are several over the counter allergy medications, like antihistamines, decongestants and corticosteroids, that you can take to help relieve them. Your doctor may also give you allergy shots for your allergies.Furthermore, there are several natural ways that you can relieve allergies, and thus relieve your allergy headache.

Some examples include using a neti pot, using nasal saline spray, using a humidifier, and inhaling steam. If you have a sinus headache, the best way to get rid of it is to treat the inflammation. If you have a bacterial infection in your sinuses that is causing the headache, your doctor can prescribe you some antibiotics.

If you suffer from frequent allergy headaches, it may be beneficial to visit an ear, nose, and throat specialist. Contact Silverstein Institute today to schedule an appointment.

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