Posted by: Indonesian Children | May 21, 2009

Migraine as one of the symptoms of food allergy ?

 Allergies of the nervous system cause diverse behavioral disturbances, including headaches, migraines convulsions, learning disabilities, schizophrenia and depression. Some of the biological mechanisms have been established by research; others remain to be explored. Effective diagnosis and treatment include the elimination diet, followed by dietary rotation and avoidance of offending substances.

Allergies may be more than just skin problems. An association between allergic and migraine headaches  has been determined. People with allergic rhinitis appear to be 14 times more likely to get migraines compared to someone without nasal allergies.

Migraine headache is a chronic condition affecting approximately 6% of men and 18% of women. Symptoms can be severe, disrupt daily activities, require bed rest, and potentially last for days. The cause of migraines is not completely understood, although is thought to be related to chemicals in the body that cause blood vessels in the brain to dilate, which can lead to the headaches.

A recent study of children and adults with nasal allergies found that there may be a link between allergies and migraines. Histamine, the compound that causes allergy problems may also help trigger migraines. During an allergic reaction, your immune system releases histamines.

The study looked at nearly three hundred people — both children and adults — and the presence or lack of migraine symptoms. For people with allergic rhinitis (also known as hay fever), a third of the participants met the diagnostic criteria for migraines. For study participants without allergy issues, only four percent of participants met the diagnostic criteria for migraines. When the study results were tallied, it seemed that patients with allergies were fourteen times more likely to have symptoms of a migraine than patients without allergies

This association is due, at least in part, to the release of histamine from allergic cells in the body, which makes blood vessels dilate, or relax. The same process can occur in blood vessels in the brain, possibly leading to a migraine headache.

The migraines occurring in allergy sufferers might respond to typical elimination diet,  treatments for allergic rhinitis (such as anti-histamines and prescription nasal sprays), as well as to allergy shots.

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