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Allergy Headaches: February 6, 2011

It’s that time of year and for allergy sufferers, there’s a lot of sneezing, coughing, sniffling and headaches. “As to what is causing the headache, some people have sinus pressure, that can cause a headache,” warns Dr. Avery Wright, a Lee Memorial Health System family practice physician.

And in some cases, that means migraines. “For example, some people have migraine headaches that are triggered by sinus pressure which is started by allergies. So, if we can prevent your allergies to pollen or whatever it is, then we can avoid the sinus pressure.”

Sometimes the weather changes combined with the pollen in the air can make the problem worse. “It comes down to the pressure issue. Pressure changes can affect the sinus cavities.” This can make migraine pain more intense. “Ear pain; sensitivity; tenderness behind the sinus. So yeah, in that sense it can certainly cause headaches - weather changes.”

If you find that you are suffering from frequent headaches or your headaches are affecting your daily life, you are encouraged to see your doctor. An adjustment in your medication may be all that you need to relieve the pain.