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.
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.
John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert
If you need to find a headache and Migraine specialist, please see our listing of patient recommended specialists.
About Ask the Clinician:
Dr. Krusz is a recognized expert in the fields of headache and migraine treatment and pain treatment. Each week, he and Lead Expert Teri Robert, team up to answer your questions about headaches and Migraines. You can read more about Dr. Krusz or more about Teri Robert. If you have a question for this section of our site, please click HERE. Accepted questions will be answered by publishing the answers here. No questions will be answered privately.
Please note: We cannot handle emergencies or diagnose via the Internet. Please do not ask us to diagnose; see your physician for diagnosis.
We hope you find this general medical and health information useful, but this Q & A is meant to support not replace the professional medical advice you receive from your doctor. For all personal medical and health matters, including decisions about diagnoses, medications and other treatment options, you should always consult your doctor. See full Disclaimer.
Do you have questions about Migraine? Reader questions are answered by UCNS certified Migraine and headache specialist Dr. David Watson, and award-winning patient educator and advocate Teri Robert. Questions may be submitted via our submission form. Accepted questions will be answered by publishing the answers in our Ask the Clinician column. For an overview of how we can help and questions we can and can’t answer, please see Seeking Migraine and Headache Diagnoses and Medical Advice.