7/9/07 #2 -How to get rid of "allergy headaches?"

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Now that allergy season is here, I have a headache everyday. I wake up with a headache and I go to bed with headache. I have had headaches since the age of 11. Therefore I know what type of headache I have. I take a 24 hr reactine everyday, but I still have to take Tylenol and Advil (I alternate between the 2) every 3 to 4 hours. It drives me crazy! What can I do more to get rid of these headaches? Thank you, Claudette.


Dear Claudette;

You say you know what kind of headache you have, but are you sure? Have you been diagnosed by your doctor? Allergies can certainly be a headache issue, but it's also very common for people with Migraine to have more Migraines during allergy season.

Whether you're experiencing "allergy headaches" or Migraines, one thing is almost certain, that you need to stop taking Tylenol and Advil daily. Analgesics, whether prescription or over-the-counter, if taken more than two or three days a week, can compound the situation by causing medication overuse headaches, aka rebound. See Medication Overuse Headache: When the Remedy Backfires for more information on this matter.

You need to see a doctor for diagnosis of these "headaches" as how you approach "getting rid of them" depends on what they actually are.

Good luck,
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert

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