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Dec16

Migraines and Allergies

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Migraines & Allergies

Those who suffer from migraines, called migraineurs, each have their own individual "triggers"" that tend to precede an attack. Chocolate, caffeine, and red wine are common food triggers. Other factors can come into play as well. One example is seasonal allergies, as expressed by a study of the disorder published last month.

Migraine sufferers may have noticed a connection between their headaches and hay fever or other allergies that strike once a year. The two general measurements of migraines and similar head pain are frequency and severity. The study suggests that a presence of seasonal allergies indicates strength on both fronts: they lead to stronger, more intense headaches than are experienced on average, as well as a higher incidence of attack.

Allergies and migraines both prevalent in the US

Approximately one in every eight Americans battles with migraines. Only one third as many men suffer from the neurological disorder than do their female counterparts. Meanwhile, between 25 and 50% of us are afflicted with seasonal allergies, which tend to primarily affect the nasal passages – causing runniness, stuffiness, and itchiness. For those experiencing both allergies and migraines, the combination doesn't just represent multiple health problems but significantly increased pain.

The study appeared in the medical journal Cephalalgia. Substantial research has not yet been conducted on the relationship between the two different health disorders, but this study builds the case that swelling within the nostrils – as is common with environmental allergies – typically leads to additional headache pain.

Correlation or causation not yet determined

The scientists working on the study found a high correlation between intense headaches and hay fever, but they were not able to determine the direction of causation. In other words, the researchers could not figure out whether the migraines were causing the nasal irritation, called rhinitis, or the nasal irritation was causing stronger headaches. Although seasonal allergies may not be the root problem, they accompany more extreme pain in those suffering from migraines.

To conduct the study, the research team looked at figures from the American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention (AMPP) database. Conducted five years ago, AMPP surveyed over 5000 migraine patients to determine potential connections between migraine pain and certain types of allergies. One of the most compelling findings was that almost 70% of respondents suffered from rhinitis in addition to migraines. The study's authors believe that high percentage shows a strong connection between the two health problems.

Medical studies continue to unearth information about migraine so that patients can receive better treatments. However, a proven treatment method is already widely available. MiRx Protocol pairs pill-free medical therapy with a variety of whole-body approaches (physical therapy, spinal decompression, nutrition, etc.) to tackle migraines from every possible angle.

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