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January 22, 2011

Migraine Headaches Associated with Allergies & Response to Allergy Shots

A recent study published this month in the journal Headache reported an association of migraine headaches with allergy severity and response to allergy shots... but only in those less than 45 years of age.

The study suggested that lower "degrees of atopy" (or allergy) were associated with less frequent and disabling migraine headaches in younger subjects while higher degrees were associated with more frequent migraines. The administration of allergy shots was associated with a decreased prevalence, frequency, and disability of migraine headache in younger subjects.

The age cut-off used to described "younger" subjects depending on the measure described was either 40 years or 45 years.

Read the abstract here.

Of course, one must consider the possibility that perhaps what these patients are suffering from is not migraine headaches, but allergy triggered sinus headaches.

Our office provides allergy testing, allergy shots, and allergy drops. We also offer botox injections in the treatment of migraine headaches.

Reference:
Allergy and immunotherapy: are they related to migraine headache? Headache. 2011 Jan;51(1):8-20. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.2010.01792.x. Epub 2010 Nov 4.
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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. Google+ Christopher Chang, MD Bio

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