Although headaches aren’t a common symptom of an allergy attack, studies have shown that there is a link between allergies and headaches. An allergy attack can trigger any of the three types of headaches which include sinus headaches, migraines and cluster headaches. While it is possible for an allergic reaction to trigger a headache, not all allergies do. Getting proper treatment for the headache would depend on proper diagnosis of the condition and what triggers it. This is why it is important for a person who suspects that his or her allergies are causing the headaches to consult a doctor for proper diagnosis and to receive proper treatment for the condition.
What are the Allergies that Cause Headaches?
Allergies don’t actually cause the headaches, but they have been known to trigger an episode. When a person experiences an allergy attack, the body produces chemicals such as histamine and prostaglandins that are known triggers of migraines. The nasal congestion that comes with an allergy attack can also trigger sinus headaches when left untreated. Those who are already suffering from cluster headaches would be surprised to find that a food allergy they have may trigger an episode. To be on the safe side, it’s important to know which allergens are typically associated with headaches and to avoid them.
Treating Allergies and Headaches
The first step in treating allergy headaches is to determine what you are allergic to and how it affects your body. This is done by performing skin and blood work tests that would determine what food or airborne allergens your body reacts to. The next step would be to determine whether these allergies actually cause the headaches. If we remove the cause of the allergies and the headaches lessen or disappear, but come back again once we reintroduce the allergens to your body, then this would be a positive indicator that your allergies and headaches are indeed connected. Once we’ve determined the cause, you can prevent or lessen the occurrence of headaches by avoiding food that cause our allergies or by making sure you are not exposed to airborne allergens. Having an air conditioning unit with air filters at home can trap airborne allergens and keep them from being blown back to the air in the room. If you want pets, make sure you choose animals that don’t cause allergies or cats and dogs that are hairless or are considered “hypoallergenic” to avoid triggering allergies and headaches.
People tend to do a lot of self-diagnosis as far as headaches are concerned, but if allergies are suspected to be the root cause of a headache, then it’s better to know about the right steps to take. If you experience headache symptoms following an allergy attack, consult your doctor for proper testing, diagnosis and treatment.