Ignoring symptoms

Can headaches be a symptom of allergies?
Share:

Can headaches be a symptom of allergies?

2012-09-26

By Dr. Normand Dubé

Although it is not a common symptom, localized pain in the forehead, cheeks and in between or around the eyes can occur following persistent nasal congestion, like the kind caused by allergic rhinitis. Contrary to other kinds of headaches, those that go along with respiratory allergies are usually accompanied by congestion and clear nasal discharge. In fact, in such a case, nasal inflammation could also spread to the sinuses and become allergic rhinosinusitis. It is the subsequent swelling and accumulation of liquid that increases pressure in the sinuses and causes the headaches.

Treatment should include avoiding exposure to the allergens causing the reaction, as well as prescribed medication to reduce the inflammation in the nose and sinuses. If, despite treatment, the headaches persist or get worse, it is important to make an appointment with your doctor to review the diagnosis.

The views expressed here are solely those of the author based on his/her knowledge and expertise and do not necessarily represent the views of the manufacturer.

If you think you are experiencing allergy symptoms, please consult your healthcare professional for a definitive diagnosis.

Comment this article
You have to log in your member account to post a comment. You can log in here, or create an account.
Why have my allergy symptoms gotten worse over the last few years?
2012/09/24

Why have my allergy symptoms gotten worse over the last few years?

By Dr. Normand Dubé
Read More
Dangers Associated with Allergic Reactions
2011/06/14

Dangers Associated with Allergic Reactions

By Dr. Normand Dubé
Read More
Relationship between allergic rhinitis and asthma
2010/08/20

Relationship between allergic rhinitis and asthma

By Dr. Normand Dubé
Read More
You have to log in your member account to post a comment. You can log in here, or create an account.