Allergy and migraine: is there a connection?

Title

Allergy and migraine: is there a connection?

Creator

Mehle ME

Publisher

Current Opinion in Otolaryngology & Head & Neck Surgery

Date

2008
2008-06

Description

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In the last 10 years, otolaryngologists and allergists have become increasingly aware of migraine headaches in their practices. This is partially due to a better understanding of the high incidence of migraine and a realization that the majority of patients presenting as 'sinus headache' are actually suffering from migraine headaches. Considering that the incidence of migraine is approximately 20% in women and 6% in men and that 10-30% of people have allergies (US Department of Health and Human Services. Evidence Report/Technology Assessment No. 54; May 2002. AHRQ Publication No. 02-E024. pp. 1-198), there is obviously a large population of patients who suffer from both conditions. The question then arises that are migraine and allergy comorbid conditions, or is any association between the two a random occurrence? RECENT FINDINGS: The present study addresses this association, which has remained controversial for over 100 years. Newer studies focusing on familial trends, shared biochemical pathways and underlying mechanisms are presented. RELEVANCE: This study will provide a foundation to support future clinical studies.

Subject

Human; Diagnosis; Differential; Migraine – Diagnosis; Migraine – Etiology; Hypersensitivity – Complications

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

265–269

Issue

3

Volume

16

Citation

Mehle ME, “Allergy and migraine: is there a connection?,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed May 9, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/6037.

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