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can simply saline sinus spray work for allergy headaches?

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Dr. Prem Gupta
48 years experience neurology
No: Headaches are not due to allergy. People are prone to migraine headaches which can be triggered by many triggers such as certain foods , stress and many medications and more.
Answered on Jan 5, 2016
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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
57 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Perhaps: Significant nasal congestion can lead to headaches and even trigger migraines (some neurologists would disagree with this link but I have observed this in many of my patients). Saline spray may reduce the nasal congestion slightly by rinsing away the allergen and chemical mediators causing the allergic reaction if your problem is indeed allergen. Probably not enough for most people.
Answered on Oct 23, 2017
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Dr. Prem Gupta
Dr. Prem Gupta commented
48 years experience neurology
I am a neurologist and Indeed I do not believe that any allergy or sinusitis is cause of headache. If this was the case there are millions of patient who suffer from allergic rhinitis and even sinusitis but they do not suffer headaches. At same time I have seen numerous patients who underwent sinus surgery in the hope of curing headaches but headaches were not controlled until migraine treatment.
Nov 25, 2013

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