About 12 percent of people in the United States experience migraines. A recent study has shown that people who suffer from migraines have more frequent headaches if they also suffer from seasonal allergies, or hay fever.
“Researchers are not sure whether allergies cause migraines or whether frequent migraines cause symptoms that are similar to those caused by allergies,” says Matthew J. Riffle, MD, internal medicine physician at Saint Francis Clinic Poplar Bluff. “But they do know that when a person experiences irritation of the nasal mucus membrane, they are more likely to have headaches.”
Now that researchers know the two conditions are related, they can conclude that nasal conditions are a contributing factor to migraines. “That means if we focus on treating problems with the nose, we may be able to provide relief for people who suffer from debilitating migraines,” says Riffle.
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