Allergies and the Role they Play in Migraines
Last Updated: 8th December 2022 · Written by Donna Mastriani
When migraines strike, they can come seemingly out of the blue and they can also be hard to find a cause for, as a lot of the symptoms can be attributed to other issues. For example, someone with a migraine can experience a stuffy nose, significant sinus pressure and a pounding head, all of which can be explained by allergies, rhinitis or even a common cold.
Signs you might have a migraine
Some physical manifestations of a migraine headache are easier to identify however, such as the visual ‘aura’ experienced by many, nausea and extreme sensitivity to light and when it gets to this stage, the best cause of action for most is to take migraine medication and lie down in a darkened room.
Sufferers of migraines will tell you that they can usually tell when they are going to get a migraine, as they might hear dull tone in one ear or experience an olfactory hallucination i.e. smell something that isn’t there. However, by this point, it’s usually too late to prevent the attack entirely and a process of damage limitation ensues.
What if there was a way to prevent them completely?
Surprisingly for some, migraines can often be traced back to an allergic trigger that if prevented, could stop the attack happening altogether. This means that identifying the catalyst to the problem is an important first step to take.
Trial and Error
You could try and determine your triggers by keeping a diary of when and where attacks occur and trying to spot a pattern, particularly if you suffer from regular migraines. This can be an effective way to do it, but it will take some time to come up with a clear picture of what your body is sensitive to. The drawback to this approach is that whilst you’re assessing your root causes, you’ll still have to put up the debilitating effects of a migraine.
The Scientific Method
At Lifelab, we employ a much more direct approach that really gets to the nub of the problem quickly, removing any ambiguity surrounding the things that your body has trouble dealing with.
Our blood screening services are designed to precisely screen for a range of common and less commonly found allergic triggers.
Our tests start from a little as £75 including VAT, which is about the same price as a good night out on the town!
After providing us with a small sample of your blood, you will receive your results within a week, detailing exactly what elements cause you problems. This allows you to actively avoid those things, hopefully freeing you from migraines and improving your quality of life.
Want to Know More?
If you’d like to know a bit more about how allergy blood screening can help you avoid the unpleasant side effects of a allergies, like migraines, there’s everything you need to know on our website www.lifelabtesting.com and if you have more questions after some more research, you can talk to one of our friendly experts via live chat, which should be easily visible on a tab on the home page.
So, what are you waiting for? Take control of your allergies now and you could soon have a life free from migraines, allergies and everything that comes with them.