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How to get rid of photophobia and phonophobia during migraine attack?

How to get rid of photophobia and phonophobia during migraine attack?

Abortive medication: Light and noise sensitivity occur in about 80% of migraines and are typically relieved along with the headache by use of a symptomatic or abortive migraine medication. Migraine medications work best taken at the onset of pain. Ibuprofen helps about 45% of people, Excedrin about 59%, and sumatriptan tablets about 65%. ...Read more

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Light Sensitivity (Definition)

Light sensitivity or photophobia means when the bright light or sun bothers your eye. This can be from very dry eye with cornea surface issue, corneal scratch or ulcer, and eye inflammation from iritis. This happens due to iris spasm. Iris is like an aperture of camera open and close based ...Read more


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Can glasses treat photophobia?

Can glasses treat photophobia?

Sunglasses...: ...Help with photophobia. Nothing can "treat" photophobia, unless it's due to some disease like inflammation. ...Read more

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How long does photophobia last when you get a headache; what can I do to alleviate the problem?

How long does photophobia last when you get a headache; what can I do to alleviate the problem?

As long as the HA: Photophobia occurs in about 80% of migraines and resolves when the headache goes away. Prompt treatment of the migraine will relieve the light sensitivity. If over the counter medication does not work, your doctor may prescribe a migraine medication called a triptan such as imitrex, maxalt, relpax, (eletriptan) etc. ...Read more

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How do u treat phonophobia?

How do u treat phonophobia?

CBT?: First off, would recommend that this be distinguished from hyperacusis which can be a symptom from other conditions. If there is a true fear of loud voices or sounds, than cognitive behavioral therapy might be an option for treatment. ...Read more

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What is photophobia?

What is photophobia?

Light sensitivity: Photophobia is the technical term for light sensitivity above the normal response to a change in light intensity. People with this experience discomfort even with low light intensity that would bother no one else. There are a number of causes including breakdown of the surface (cornea) of the eye and retinal inflammations. See your ophthalmologist if you have this symptom. ...Read more

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How can u get rid of phonophobia?

How can u get rid of phonophobia?

Possibly CBT?: First off, would recommend that this be distinguished from hyperacusis which can be a symptom from other conditions. If there is a true fear of loud voices or sounds, than cognitive behavioral therapy might be an option for treatment. ...Read more

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Can you live a normal life with photophobia issues?

Can you live a normal life with photophobia issues?

Yes: Being sensitive to light can be normal, especially in people with blue eyes. However it can also represent problems and should be brought to the attention of your eye md. ...Read more

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Any tips on how to help my photophobia problem or make it go away?

See a doctor: Photophobia can be caused by corneal abrasions, migraines, or other ophthalmological or neurological conditions. Get evaluated for the cause so the proper advice can be provided. ...Read more

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What to do if I suffer from photophobia, what can I do to ease it.?

Wear tinted glasses: Wearing tinted glasses helps. The real question is why do you have photophobia? There are some people with normal eyes who have it, especially if the eyes are light in color; however, photophobia can be a sign of eye disease. See an ophthalmologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Why Cervical/Cranial Dystonia causes photophobia?

Why Cervical/Cranial Dystonia causes photophobia?

I am not aware that: Your condition can cause photophobia (light sensitivity) unless it affects your ability to close your eyelids, which technically ISN'T photophobia. The nerves involved in CCD are different from those that control your pupils. Your doctor should check for other causes of light sensitivity, including infection, inflammation and ocular foreign body. Best wishes. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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How long does photophobia last after encephalitis?

Depends: There is no easy answer to your question. It really depends in multiple factors, including the severity of disease, course of treatment, etc. However if your symptoms don't improve or get worse, you should get checked. ...Read more

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What causes photophobia in people with anterior uveitis?

Inflammation: Photophobia is a common symptom of many eye problems including uveitis. It will get better as the uveitis gets better. ...Read more

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Do I have photophobia or diplopia, only on bright objects?

Possibly: Diplopia is seeing double. Photophobia is when light bothers the eyes usually do to inflammation of the covering of the brain from bleeding or meningitis. ...Read more

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Could Computer vision syndrome cause photophobia? Can it be cured? How long?

Could Computer vision syndrome cause photophobia? Can it be cured? How long?

YES: Computer vision syndrome can cause photophobia. Lubricant eye drops and prescription drops can help. See link http://www. Ophthalmologymanagement. Com/articleviewer. Aspx? Articleid=100686 ...Read more

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Alrady a month I getting photophobia and at the same time I realiszes that my hair is easy to loss..

Need more info.: It's hard to give sound advice with the info provided. Does male pattern baldness run in your family? Are you having any other problems with your eyes besides light sensitivity? these would include loss of visual acuity, eye pain or redness, discharge or excessive tears and sensation of grittiness or dryness. If you resubmit your question with this info, perhaps we can be helpful. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I do have phonophobia?

How can I tell if I do have phonophobia?

See answer: Phonophobia is a sensitivity to sound that often accompanies migraine headaches. If sound makes the headache worse, you have phonophobia. ...Read more

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Any prescriptions associated with the side effect of photophobia?

Many: There are many medications that list photophobia as a potential side effect. Amoxicillin does not. There are eye conditions that cause photophobia (iritis, corneal disease) and you should be checked by an ophthalmologist to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Dry cough from last 1month. Photophobia and headache some time. Medication plz.?

Dry cough from last 1month. Photophobia and headache some time. Medication plz.?

DIagnosis needed!: Before medication. Too many unknowns here that needs to be worked up by a PCP, who can evaluate what is going on, and do the necessary blood work. S/he will have to look why you are having photophobia (not normal), dry cough, and headache can be from the photophobia. You may need an eye doctor consult to evaluate this further! Definitely need to be seen by a doctor, who can put it all together! ...Read more

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Is it true that allergies and sinusitis may cause symptoms similar to photophobia?

Is it true that allergies and sinusitis may cause symptoms similar to photophobia?

Yes: Photophobia is defined simply as fear or intolerance to light. There is pain when opening eyes. Symptoms of allergic disease include headaches triggered by sinusitis, that might come with photophobia. Also allergic inflammation, swelling, of the eye might also cause discomfort when eyes are open into bright light. ...Read more

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Will I ever get rid of photophobia due to fever that I had last week?

Will I ever get rid of photophobia due to fever that I had last week?

Probably: As long as you have been treated correctly for the disease that caused photophobia the yes you should get rid of it. ...Read more

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Any homeopathic or Ayurvedic medicines for migraines with severe photophobia?

Any homeopathic or Ayurvedic medicines for migraines with severe photophobia?

Migraines: Homeopathy can be very helpful to people with migraines. You need to have your case taken by a skilled classical homeopath, though. There are over 1000 remedies known for headaches alone, so you need help selecting! Some remedies that meet your specific criteria could be nat mur, belladonna, and sanguinaria. ...Read more

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Can anyone suggest me some homeopathic medicines for migraine with severe photophobia?

Can anyone suggest me some homeopathic medicines for migraine with severe photophobia?

Butterbur: There are excellent herbal and mineral treatments that seem to help with migraine. A good health food store can provide literature. Willow bark and butterbur are examples. Anti-nausea treatments are useful as are sedatives. The photophobia is the brain's protection that forces you to close your eyes and sleep. Dark, quiet and cool and sleep are the best treatments for migraine. ...Read more

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What is best for photophobia when using a computer: "night vision glasses for driving at night"?

What is best for photophobia when using a computer: "night vision glasses for driving at night"?

Glare coating: All computer manufacturers can recommend a glare reducing screen for your computer. ...Read more

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Is there something organically wrong with your eyes if you have constant photophobia. My eyes go from uncomfortable to painful all the time?

Is there something organically wrong with your eyes if you have constant photophobia. My eyes go from uncomfortable to painful all the time?

Perhaps: Photosensitivity is common and mostly is benign. But there are some eye conditions which can cause this including inflammation inside the eye (uveitis) and a host of retinal inflammations. Corneal surface pathology can also do this but will usually make the eyes red as well. See your ophthalmologist if this is a chronic problem. ...Read more

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Do eye allergies cause photophobia?

Do eye allergies cause photophobia?

Not usually: But I can think of a couple of things which may lead to photophobia as a secondary phenomenon:
(1) if the cornea is scratched from rubbing, it may cause photophobia due to transient changes in refraction.
(2) If one were to use eye drops containing an antihistamine, the anti-cholinergic effect from the type of antihistamine may cause some pupil dilation leading to photophobia. ...Read more

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What is best for photophobia and eye fatigue?

Tear drops: Eye fatigue is usually a sign that the eyes are dry and irritated. Some amount of photophobia (pain form light) may be caused by dryness. If photophobia is severe, this may require prescription drops. ...Read more

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What can cause photophobia in subarachnoid hemorrhage?

What can cause photophobia in subarachnoid hemorrhage?

Photophobia SAH: Photophobia in subarachnoid hemorrhage occurs due to irritation of the coverings of the brain (meninges) due to the blood. ...Read more

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Can you have photophobia (light sensitivity) without having any eye disease?

Can you have photophobia (light sensitivity) without having any eye disease?

Yes: People with blue or light colored eyes are usually more sensitive to light than people with dark colored irises. ...Read more

Phonophobia (Definition)

People with migraine headaches often suffer from phonophobia or, intensified ...Read more


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