For those who suffer from headache and migraine, seasonal allergies may be a significant trigger.

In fact, many seasonal allergy symptoms are similar to symptoms seen in a migraine including runny nose, red and watery eyes, nose, and sinus pressure.

How to tell the difference between a migraine and allergies or sinus infection? A sinus headache/ infection or allergies may also feature fever, yellow or green phlegm, bad breath, and altered sense of smell.

Even though we have several months of winter left, it is never too early to start thinking about an action plan for spring allergy season. If you generally suffer from seasonal allergies, it is best to consult with an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist in advance of the season for evaluation (including allergy testing) and to establish a plan for prevention. By being prepared with a preventative regimen in advance, you may be able to head off migraines triggered by seasonal allergies

For a medication regimen for seasonal allergies to be effective, and often it is necessary to start it several weeks in advance of the season.

For more information about migraines and seasonal allergies and to request a referral to an ENT specialist, consult with your provider.

By: Brooke Steiger, NP