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Common Allergies and Why They Trigger Sinus Headaches

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There are quite a few different sinus headache triggers, including seasonal changes, pressure changes, certain foods, and allergic reactions. Allergies can have a profound effect on the body, and some allergies are more common than others.

Not only is it challenging to live with allergies, but allergies can even make other health conditions worse.

The purpose of this article is to describe the most common allergies that people experience and explain the connection between allergies and sinus headaches. It will also address how to find an effective allergy treatment while treating a sinus headache and prevention methods to avoid allergy triggers that lead to sinus headaches.

The Most Common Allergies

Although people can become allergic to practically anything, certain allergens are more problematic than others. It is estimated that at least 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from allergies, which are brought on when the immune system misinterprets a something harmless as something dangerous.

Especially in the summer and fall, weeds commonly cause allergies, such as ragweed and sagebrush. Mold causes common allergies as well, and dust mites also enjoy warm, moist areas and can cause allergic reactions. Other common allergies among both children and adults include pollen, grass, and foods. Most commonly, nuts, shellfish, milk, eggs, and wheat cause food allergies in people.

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The Connection Between Allergies and Sinus Headaches

Both sinus headaches and migraines are linked to allergies because allergens cause inflammation in the nasal passages. It is possible that constant blockages in the sinus passages due to allergic reactions can lead to sinus headaches by causing excess pressure in the head. An allergy headache can feel like a throbbing pain on one side of the head, and it may feel worse when a person is exposed to sunlight. This is most often diagnosed as a migraine. However, an allergy headache can also cause localized pain in the sinus region that is widespread over the face. This may be a sign of a sinus headache.

Allergy Treatment and Sinus Headache Treatment

Since allergies can make sinus headaches occur more often in people who are prone to them, it is advised to see an allergist to prescribe medications to keep allergies under control. This may be enough of a treatment to keep frequent sinus headaches at bay as well. It is also important to be properly diagnosed for problematic allergens so that they can be specifically avoided as much as possible.

Prevention Tips for Allergy Headache Sufferers

During certain times of year, it may be necessary to stay indoors more often to avoid allergen triggers, such as pollen and ragweed. It is also a good idea to wear sunglasses while outdoors to prevent allergens from entering the body through the eyes. In the house, allergy sufferers should keep the humidity low and clean damp parts of the home frequently to reduce potential exposure to mold and other allergens. Many environmental allergens cannot be avoided, so it is recommended to have antihistamines, oral and nasal decongestants, and intranasal corticosteroids available. Allergy shots and at-home treatments, such as steam inhalation and nasal saline solution, work well for many allergy sufferers who feel sinus pain and pressure as well.

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