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Allergy Season is a Headache

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Centra Care is reporting that the number of patients complaining of headaches has really increased lately. Since allergy season is kicking into high gear, could the two be related?

Centra Care docs say definitely, YES. Three different types of headaches can be allergy-related: sinus headaches (the kind you feel in your face), migraines and cluster headaches.​

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If allergies have been ruled out, here are some other possible reasons your head may be pounding:​

Posture – holding your head in one position for a long time, like at a computer, microscope, or typewriter

Alcohol – it doesn’t take a lot to set off a headache for those who are migraine-prone. Many chemicals in alcohol including sulfites, tyramine and more can quickly cause you pain. Alcohol can also cause dehydration, which can also lead to a headache.

Colds – sinus pain and pressure can lead to an aching head

Sleep – changes in sleep patterns, whether you’re sleeping in, or staying up late, are known to cause migraines for some. It’s important to remain on a set sleep schedule.

Stress – finances, relationships, work — whatever your stressor may be, it can quickly bring on a tension headache.​

Avoiding the trigger can prevent the headaches. You may find relief with over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen, as well as lifestyle changes including relaxation and exercise. For migraine sufferers, prescription medicine may be prescribed.

When to See a Doctor:
◦ Your headaches wake you from sleep
◦ A headache lasts more than a few days
◦ Headaches are worse in the morning
◦ You have a history of headaches but they have changed in pattern or intensity
◦ You have headaches frequently, and there is no known cause
◦ You would describe your headache as “your worst ever” even if you are prone to headaches​