Answers to Common Headache Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about headaches.

Can headaches triggered by weather changes also be related to allergies?

Dr. Aaron Block discusses whether headaches triggered by weather changes can also be related to allergies. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

Can headaches triggered by weather changes also be related to allergies?

Weather changes can actually exacerbate headaches in terms of allergies when we see fluctuations in temperatures, different weather patterns with much higher winds. Oftentimes it'll stir up a lot of the different allergens in the environment. 

We definitely see people struggle when we have major changes of season. So when we go from winter to spring, a lot of the flowers and the trees start to bud and create a lot of pollen. And then we certainly see a lot of headaches that are derived from that. 

Any change of season, whether it's almost from a couple weeks at a time, the different cycles of all the different plants produce different types of pollen. So people may have headaches at the beginning of spring. And other people may not have them until we're in the middle of summer. But certainly, the changes in that weather pattern over a longer period of time can definitely exacerbate headaches that are triggered by allergies.

   

Headaches triggered by weather changes can be related to allergies.

Especially with each change of season – as new plants produce different types of pollen – headaches can be common, Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians say.

Allergy-related headaches aren’t the most common kind of headache. Allergy headaches are either sinus headaches or migraines, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and ImmunologyOff Site Icon (ACAAI).

Talk to your doctor for more information about headaches triggered by weather changes also being related to allergies.

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Source: Richard Kim, MD, The Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Aaron Block, MD, Franklin Family Practice

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