Spring weather brings flowers, grass, and dreaded spring allergies. Hay fever season causes those with allergies to suffer through sneezing, sniffling, and can even cause headaches. Headaches caused by hay fever (rhinitis) are common. Headaches related to sinus diseases are also possible, although they are less common. Migraines are often misjudged as sinus headaches. If you are suffering from headaches, consult your primary care physician. It is important to consult your primary care physician to find the true cause of the headache. Different causes lead to different forms of medications and treatments. Treating an allergy headache is different than treating a migraine, with different forms of treatment and medications.

Allergy Headaches:

Allergy headache triggers include certain foods, smoke, stress, and/or nasal or sinus congestion. These allergy headaches can include the following symptoms: throbbing, aggravation by sunlight, nausea, and pain over the sinus area. This can also sometimes cause facial pain rather than an actual headache. Causes of facial pain involve multiple scenarios. If the maxillary sinus in the cheeks is obstructed, your cheeks may be tender, and there may be pain in your jaw and teeth. A sinus headache occurs when the sinuses swell. The swelling causes obstructions in the nasal passages which will stop drainage and cause pressure to build up within. However, experts believe sinus headaches to be uncommon and misdiagnosed.

When treating allergy headaches it is important to identify the trigger(s). This allows you to avoid the trigger and experience less headaches. Treatment also depends on the underlying cause of the headache. Seeing an allergist will assist you in identifying the cause of your allergy headache and treating the issue effectively. A Board-Certified Allergist at National Allergy & ENT can assist you in finding the cause and the best treatment option for your symptoms. To schedule an appointment, please call (843) 797-8162 or schedule online.



Source: American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology