Did you know spring can be a allergy season. While new season bring much warmer weather, peeking out of colorful flowers, spring rains, etc, it can also affect our bodies in many ways. If you experience seasonal allergies such as rhinitis or migraines, you could easily get down with severe headaches. Although “seasonal migraine” has not been official recognized by International Headache Society, many migraineurs use this to describe their migraines when they happen in the season.
What’s This Allergy And Migraine Connection?
Well, allergies and migraines have similar triggers, which is also the primary connection between them:
Spring season brings in turbulent weather, with fluctuations between warmer and cooler temperatures, and extended period of rains. This may cause changes in barometric pressure and can make the blood vessels in sinuses to dilate. This can bring to allergy sufferers attacks of the sneezes, and for migraine patients a full-blown headache. Just as arthritis patients can accurately predict a storm based on their aching joints, migraine patients can also identify changes in barometric pressure by intense pain in their heads.
The other common phenomenon in spring is the release of large amount of pollen from newly flowering plants. This can inflame the sinuses resulting in rhinitis, which can also trigger migraines. Sensitivity to allergies can also increase your risk of migraine attacks, so these two go hand in hand.
Sometimes warmer weather also causes migraine attacks. A 2009 study in California on 7400 migraine patients found that every increase of 8 degrees in ambient temperature heightened the risk of severe migraines by 7.8 percent. This research also found that around 54 percent of patients also experienced weather-related migraines. Interestingly, the incidence of seasonal migraines was higher in people who experienced migraine with aura, affecting 77 percent of the patients compared with just 47 percent of those who got migraine without any aura.
Possible Seasonal Migraine Treatments
You can take prescription painkillers, especially the ones that are commonly recommended for migraine relief, but there can be many side effects if continued for a long time.
Some natural alternatives………
- Icing the temples-You can use a cap, cold compress, or a ice pack. This will immediately lower the temperature of the blood passing through the area and will help to lower the inflammation.
- Sour cherries-They are rich in quercetin, which can slow down the prostaglandin production in the body, making person less sensitive to pain. In fact, research shows that just 25 cherries or 10 ounces of pure juice can have an amazing effect than aspirin on migraine headaches.
- Feverfew-Research shows that daily intake of 220 mg may result in 25-28 percent reduction in severity and number of migraines after just 3 months.
- You should also do everything possible to treat allergies, as this will prevent them from triggering more attacks than usual. Preparations such as decongestants, antihistamines, nasal sprays or sensing of the sinuses with sterile saline solution can definitely help relieve some congestion and reduce the irritation.
- If you feel your allergies come mostly in spring, consider the option of allergy desensitization with your doctor. With series of allergy shots ahead of spring can ensure a lasting relief.
- You can also opt for options such as Botox or migraine surgery to reduce the intensity and frequency of the headaches.
Make It Successfully Through The Season
It’s impossible to avoid seasonal allergies and weather-related changes if you’re a sufferer. What you can actually do is take some precautions to lower your chances of accidentally triggering migraines. Make it successfully through the spring by implementing wide range of preventive measures, including:
- Take magnesium supplements-Magnesium deficiency can increase the frequency of migraine attacks and make them more intense.
- Stick to a sleep schedule–Get the right amount of sleep to avoid changes in various pain suppressing protein caused due to too much or too little sleep.
- Meditate daily–Studies show that 25 minutes a day of basic meditation can easily reduce the frequency of headaches and improve tolerance of pain by up to 39 percent.
- Avoid all trigger foods-Refined carbs such as sugar, bread, and potatoes can cause blood glucose to spike and can trigger migraine, while gluten can also cause inflammation if you’re more sensitive to protein. Smoked fish, aged cheese and alcohol have high tyramine content, which can inflame your nervous system.
- Limit exposure to bright light-Sudden exposure can cause blood vessels I head to dilate and they can become inflamed. So shield your eyes with sunglasses when you are out in the sunlight.
It’s best to consult your doctor on option for reducing impact of various seasonal allergies on your migraine headaches, and you’ve soon be able to look at the spring season with renewed positivity and enjoyment.