Migraine Term of the Day - Cutaneous

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Cutaneous, and it's various forms, are terms sometimes used when talking about migraine treatment and symptoms and is an important word for migraineurs to understand.

When we're looking at migraine and headache information, whether it's from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing. Sometimes, it's easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term. At other times, substituting just doesn't convey quite the same meaning or takes more than a few words.

Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I'll be posting a "term of the day," probably a couple of times a week. If there are terms you'd like to have defined, please leave a comment to let me know what it is.

Today's Term: Cutaneouefinition:

Cutaneous: pertaining to the skin.

Used in a Sentence:** Cutaneous** allodynia is a common migraine symptom.


The two main places we see cutaneous used when discussing migraine are:

  • When discussing cutaneous allodynia. For more information on this, see Those Frustrating Migraine Symptoms - Allodynia.
  • When discussing subcutaneously injected medications such as sumatriptan (Imitrex), which is injected as the word subcutaneously implies - under the skin.

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