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Allergy Headaches

If you are plagued by frequent headaches caused by allergies, we at McGovern Allergy and Asthma Clinic are equipped to help. Not only are our allergists trained to recognize allergy headaches that may not be diagnosed by other physicians, but we offer customized treatment plans aimed at curbing the symptoms of this painful condition. If you are experiencing one of the following three types of headaches, and suspect they may be caused by allergies, we urge you to speak with one of our physicians.

Sinus Headaches

Sinus headaches occur when the sinuses are severely congested, causing pressure to build and resulting in pain in the face, behind the eyes, or on the sides or top of the head. If your sinus headaches are accompanied by other symptoms such as coughing or itchy eyes, this may be a sign that you have allergies.


Migraines, often a very painful type of headache, are typically characterized by a throbbing sensation on one side of the head. They are often aggravated by sunlight and may last for several days. Research has shown that migraines may be caused by substances in foods in some individuals. Keeping a food diary can help you determine whether your headaches react to ingestion of certain food substances. While this is not technically an allergy, it may be a comorbidity.

Cluster Headaches

Cluster headaches, a type of migraine that is more rare than sinus headaches or common migraines, are characterized by recurring bouts (usually every day for a period of four to eight weeks) of very intense pain on one side of the head. While the cause is generally unknown, in some individuals these headaches appear to be caused by specific food allergies, such as milk or eggs. If you have questions concerning your allergy headaches, McGovern's team of physicians will be happy to provide answers. Please call our office or use our online form to schedule a visit.