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Migraine and Other Types of Allergies

Other Allergies associated with Migraine Headaches

There have been attempts to demonstrate that there is a link between migraine and atopic (allergic) diseases, such as asthma, hives and rhinitis through population studies. Both migraine and these allergic ailments often occur in the same person. However studies have still been unable to demonstrate a clearly increased frequency of these two disorders in specific individuals. But then one study documented in 1993 has suggested that there may be an increased association between migraine and allergic disorders in children.

The biggest association was with rhinitis where it was reported that rhinitis is particularly common in children whose mothers were suffering from migraine. However it is still believed that there is a lot of conflicting information in regards to the coexistence of these two disorders in the same individual and that a more definitive resolution of this matter is still needed.

In the year 1955, there was an interesting study which demonstrated that migraine headaches may be a consequence of allergic disorder. In that study, 28 patients, who were suffering from both migraines and rhinitis or asthma, were closely monitored. The specific allergens to which the patient was known to be allergic were injected into the patient to reproduce the allergic symptoms. The end results showed that in majority of the patients who were administered the injections, a typical migraine did actually occur.

It should be emphasized though that none of the patients developed the headache without the other symptoms of the allergic state. One rather interesting fact noted was that the migraine aura was never described by any of these allergic migraine sufferers.

It is also worthwhile to note at this point that patients with these types of allergic disorder also have other issues that can increase the frequency of their headaches in general and more specifically, their migraines. For example, these patients are often stressed and depressed due to their chronic illness.

It should be further noted that the medicines used in blocking the action of histamines, including decongestants, steroids and theophylline, can also affect the severity and frequency of headaches in people who are prone to migraine attacks. Also, typical sinusitis headaches are frequently seen in association with these disorders.

By learning about these possible migraine triggers, you and your doctor can engage in a broad, open-minded search for the offending cause. The eventual ideal solution is the elimination of your problem without drugs, radiation, surgery or other potentially high risk and hazardous therapy. Fortunately this is often feasible in the case of migraine.