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How can I manage outside triggers of migraines related to allergies?

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Manage outside allergic triggers to avoid migraines by doing the following:

  • Stay inside on windy days, when more allergens will be in the air. Mid-morning and early evening are also good times to avoid the great outdoors. That’s when pollen counts are highest.
  • Keep your house and car windows closed. Use air conditioning to cool and clean the air.
  • Ask another family member or friend to take care of your yard chores. Mowing, raking, and gardening can stir up pollen and mold.
  • Dry your clothes in a dryer. If they’re outside on a clothesline, they’ll trap allergens.

SOURCES:

Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports : “Allergic Rhinitis and Chronic Daily Headaches: Is There a Link?”

American Migraine Foundation: “Sinus Headaches," “Sinus Headaches, Allergies, Asthma, and Migraine: More Than a Casual Relationship?”

Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology : “Prevalence of migraine headaches in patients with allergic rhinitis.”

News Release, University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center.

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Allergy Headaches.”

NHS Choices: “Sinusitis.”

Nemours KidsHealth: “Histamine.”

Headache : “Allergy and Immunotherapy: are they related to migraine headaches?” “Histamine in migraine and brain.”

National Headache Foundation: “Steroid Nasal Spray May Be Migraine Trigger.”

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: “Indoor Allergens,” “Outdoor Allergens.”

Swedish Covenant Hospital: “Five diet changes to reduce seasonal allergies.”

UpToDate: “Patient Education: Allergic Rhinitis (seasonal allergies) (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Stephen D. Silberstein on July 17, 2017

SOURCES:

Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports : “Allergic Rhinitis and Chronic Daily Headaches: Is There a Link?”

American Migraine Foundation: “Sinus Headaches," “Sinus Headaches, Allergies, Asthma, and Migraine: More Than a Casual Relationship?”

Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology : “Prevalence of migraine headaches in patients with allergic rhinitis.”

News Release, University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center.

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Allergy Headaches.”

NHS Choices: “Sinusitis.”

Nemours KidsHealth: “Histamine.”

Headache : “Allergy and Immunotherapy: are they related to migraine headaches?” “Histamine in migraine and brain.”

National Headache Foundation: “Steroid Nasal Spray May Be Migraine Trigger.”

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: “Indoor Allergens,” “Outdoor Allergens.”

Swedish Covenant Hospital: “Five diet changes to reduce seasonal allergies.”

UpToDate: “Patient Education: Allergic Rhinitis (seasonal allergies) (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Stephen D. Silberstein on July 17, 2017

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