How to Prevent an Allergy Headache

An allergy headache is an awful thing to have. They can be extremely painful and even last for days! If you’ve ever spent a sleepless night due to an allergy headache, you’ll know what I mean! You don’t have to suffer from allergy headaches, though. There are several things you can do to get rid of them, and even prevent an allergy headache from happening in the first place!

Instructions

  1. Prevention is the first step to avoiding an allergy headache. One way to prevent allergy headaches is to avoid things that cause allergies. For some people, this can be certain foods, while for others it is things in the environment, such as pollens, molds and dust mites. Some people have allergy headaches caused by numerous factors.
  2. In order to avoid allergens that cause allergy headaches, it is usually necessary to make some changes in your environment. Try putting hypoallergenic mattress and pillow covers on your bed, and launder bedding frequently. You may want to hire a maid to clean your house regularly to keep down dust so that you are not exposed to it. If you have a mold problem in your house, get it addressed as soon as possible!
  3. Medication can be very effective when it comes to the prevention of an allergy headache. Nasonex is a topical steriod spray that is used in the nasal passages. It stops a lot of allergies before they even start. Another very effective medicine is Zyrtec, which just became generic, and therefore affordable for everyone! If you take these medications daily, chances are that you’ll see an incredible decrease in allergy headaches.
  4. Consider changing your diet. My own allergy headaches went away entirely when I eliminated both wheat and sugar from my diet. Not having headaches that last up to three days has dramatically improved my life! Find out what your headache triggers might be by eliminating possibly problematic foods from your diet. Wheat and sugar are typical culprits, by the way.

Tips & Warnings

See your doctor before taking any medications for allergy headaches. Sometimes, allergy headaches can be so painful they are confused with migraines. Get an accurate diagnosis.

What Do Flea & Tick Bites Look Like?

Under normal circumstances flea and tick bites are more bothersome than troublesome; the majority of victims (both human and pet) exhibit only minor discomfort with no lasting effects. But for those with allergies or who have come into contact with a tick that is carrying a disease, the consequences of even one bite can be far more complicated. Knowing what to look for will help you know when a bite is treatable at home and when it’s time to consult a physician.

Flea Bites

Flea bites first appear about a half hour after the actual bite and typically on, though not limited to, the feet and ankles. The bite will present as a small raised bump with a single bite mark in the center. Bites on people or animals with sensitivity to fleas might exhibit a red bump surrounded by a reddened halo. Because a single flea is capable of biting up to 400 times, the bites will usually occur as a few bites close together or in clusters.

Signs of Trouble from a Flea Bite

Some dogs develop flea allergy dermatitis (FAD), which will result in excessive itching and scratching that can lead to open sores and hair loss. Secondary infections from severe scratching can also occur. In people who are sensitive to insect bites, flea bites can swell into painful red mounds that can become infected or in the case of hives, a rash of raised red bumps. Consult a physician if the itching and swelling is not relieved by applying ice packs, by taking an antihistamine or if other symptoms including fever follow the bite.

Tick Bites

The bite of a tick is painless and because they are small enough to be hidden by fur, are often not noticed until the tick itself has swelled with blood. Once the tick has been removed, a red mark where the mouth parts pierced the skin may be the only indication of the bite.

Reasons to Call a Doctor after a Tick Bite

A doctor should be consulted if a rash consisting of raised red bumps appears at the site of the bite or if a severe headache or fever occurs two to 14 days following the bite. If the bite is infected, which might occur if the entire tick is not removed, it could show red streak marks originating from the bite area and possibly produce a yellowish drainage. A red ring that resembles a bull’s-eye surrounding the bite may indicate Lyme disease and could appear three to 30 days after the bite.

Prevention

Discovering even one flea bite on your ankle or a tick on your dog, could mean there are hundreds more fleas and ticks in the vicinity, a problem that can only be truly solved by treating your house and yard with a pesticide specifically designed to eliminate the pests. Staying vigilant against a re-infestation can greatly reduce the chance for any future health problems for you and your pets.