December 11th 2013 18:59
Which comes first?
I decided to do a little research to find out the connection between migraine and allergies, especially since I have allergies, sneezing all year long! Recently, with "winter" time, the weather has been going back and forth, warmer, colder, raining, light snow, it has done a number on allergies & my head! So I found the results of one study interesting.
Information was analyzed , almost 6000 people took part In 2008, American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention Study. Each person filled out a questionnaire, two thirds of them said they nasal allergies or hay fever.
The results of the study: 33 percent of those who suffered from allergies and hay fever were more likely to have frequent migraines, than those without..
(report was published online Nov. 25 in the journal Cephalalgia)
Dr. Vincent Martin, a professor of medicine at the University of Cincinnati and co-director of the university's Headache and Facial Pain Program. Dr. Martin pointed out the study is one of the first to link the frequency of migraines to irritation and inflammation of the nasal mucus membrane caused by allergic and non-allergic trigger.
In a university release, Dr. Martin said "We are not sure whether the allergies and hay fever causes the increased frequency of headaches or whether the migraine attacks themselves produce symptoms of allergies and hay fever] in these patients," Martin said in a university news release. "What we can say is if you have these symptoms, you are more likely to have more frequent and disabling headaches."
SOURCE: University of Cincinnati, news release, Nov. 25, 2013