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Autumn is allergy season. As ragweed and mold kick in, many of us suffer sneezing, itchy eyes, congestion and sinus headaches. Why don't allergy medications help those headaches? Brand new research confirms it's because those sinus headaches might actually be migraines. Read on to learn about the link between allergies and migraines - and what you can do to minimize both.
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The Allergy-Migraine Link
Maybe It's Not A Sinus
Headache At All

Migraine Relief Tip:
Why Allergists
Recommend Magnesium

Migraine Update:
Get our Seasonal
Allergy Survival Guide

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The Allergy-Migraine Link

Results from the cornerstone "Sinus, Allergy and Migraine Study" reported in the Headache medical joRebound Headacheurnal found 52% of self-diagnosed sinus headaches were actually migraines.

In June 2012, a clinical update confirmed that the majority of patients with "sinus headache" actually suffer from migraines. The review also addressed the possibility of a physiological link between allergies and migraines.

More research is needed, but in the meantime here are some helpful take-aways:

1. Allergists should consider migraines as well as sinus headaches in making a diagnosis and prescribing treatment.

2. Minimize your exposure to allergens. The inflammation they cause may be a migraine trigger as well. Check out our Seasonal Allergy Survival Guide for tips.

3. Ask your doctor about allergy treatments that might also prevent migraines. In a study published in the British Medical Journal, for instance, a group of Swiss researchers showed butterbur to be as effective as a popular antihistamine drug in controlling symptoms of hay fever. The exclusive Petadolex® butterbur formulation is also medically recognized for migraine prevention. Always consult your doctor and never combine therapies: Petadolex is a safe, natural antihistamine, but mixing it with antihistamine drugs (like Allegra) can result in problems.

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Migraine Relief TipMigraine
Relief Tip:

Tame the Histamine Response

Many migraine sufferers have a magnesium deficiency. This can trigger migraines by disrupting brain energy metabolism. That same deficiency may also cause allergy symptoms by triggering the release of substances that make immune cells more likely to release histamine.

On the other hand, higher levels of magnesium can help relieve bronchial spasms. This is why some doctors who treat people with allergies recommend patients get more magnesium.

If you suffer from migraines and allergies, it's particularly important to eat a diet filled with nuts, beans, whole grains, green vegetables and bananas to get the Recommended Daily Amount of 400 mg. If you have a magnesium deficiency, however, you may need to supplement with a much higher amount, such as the high-potency formulation found in Dolovent™. As always, talk with your doctor and see what makes the most sense for you.

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Migraine UpdateMigraine

Could reducing your exposure to allergens also reduce your migraine days? To find out, try the practical tips in our Seasonal Allergy Survival Guide.


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What People are Saying

Dr. Richard Lipton, vice chairman and professor of Neurology at Albert Einstein School of Medicine and senior author of a key migraine prevention study published in Neurology study says: "Our study shows that butterbur (Petadolex) really does reduce the frequency of migraine attacks, so it's a welcome addition to the therapeutic arsenal we have to combat migraine."

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Butterbur cited by American Association of Neurologists guidelines as the #1 OTC option for preventing migraines.


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