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can allergies cause sinus infections and migraines?

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Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 29 years experience
Stuffy nose: With chronic sinus congestion, pressure changes in sinuses causes severe headaches sometimes. Relieve allergic rhinitis, clean out sinuses, do those nasal irrigations, take your allergy medicines, and your headaches will subside. Go on a plane or dive with sinus congestion and you will be in trouble from the change in pressure.

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Do colds lead to ear infections in children?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Yes: Colds tend to precede the onset of an ear infection in children. This is because a cold causes fluid to develop in the middle ear, that at times may get infected by bacteria or viruses. Ways to decrease your baby's risk of ear infections are: 1) avoid smoke exposure, 2) try to limit pacifier use in those prone to ear infections, and 3) avoid having your baby drink milk laying down flat.
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How can I help soothe pain from an ear infection?

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Motrin, mineral oil: Pain is due to stretching at the tympanic membrane, or ear drum. Prescription numbing agents can help, though gently warmed mineral oil dropped into the ear canal is very soothing. Holding a warm wash cloth to the ear increases the air pressure in the canal, helping push the ear drum back in, releasing the stretch. Of course Motrin and tylenol (acetaminophen) help relieve pain as well.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Wanted to know if allergies cause sinus infections and migraines?

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Dr. Rajiv Arora
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
Indirectly: Allergies aren't the cause of sinus infection and migraines, per say. However, allergies can be a trigger for some people with migraines. Allergies can also contribute to sinus infections. The inflammation caused by allergies can be a set up for migraines.

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