Itchy eyes. Runny nose. Scratchy throat. Dull-throbbing headache. Seasonal allergies will soon be in full swing. The timing may be different depending on where you live, but for many of us, a new year kicks off with plenty of tissues and antihistamines. Living with allergy symptoms like nasal congestion is manageable, but a bad sinus headache can land you in bed for days. That’s why you need to know exactly how to manage allergy headaches.
If you’re an allergy sufferer, you know there are lots of types of headache-related pains lurking during allergy season, including:
- sinus headaches
- and migraines
- allergy headaches
While these conditions may have common triggers, the symptoms are different.
Allergy headaches 101
You may have pain on one side of your head and be sensitive to light and sound. In that case, it’s probably a migraine headache. If your discomfort stems from facial pain in your eyes and cheeks, that’s likely a sinus headache. Pain on the top of your head accompanied by allergy symptoms like runny nose, itchy watery eyes and sneezing is likely an allergy headache.
Surprisingly, painful cluster headaches are a different type of headache not triggered by allergens. So if you feel a sharp pain like something is poking you behind your eyes, it’s a good idea to see your doctor for a diagnosis and pain management options.
Another form of a headache that can be triggered by allergies is vertigo. On a personal note, I just experienced vertigo for the first time in my life a few months ago. I went to bed feeling fine and woke up the next morning to a spinning room. It was a horrible sensation. I went to the ER because I didn’t know what was happening, and my diagnosis was vertigo. Luckily I was given medication that eased the dizziness and nausea symptoms, but it took at least three weeks to fully resolve.