Spring Allergy Migraine Season is Here

Did you know that allergies can cause headaches? I have been experiencing allergy migraines on and off since I can remember. Although I did receive a complimentary CEFALY device to review, I have been experiencing migraines since I was in middle school, and all opinions are my own.

I have been on the search for an OTC migraine product. And I have found a homeopathic migraine relief device that has been helpful for me. I already experience migraines on and off, but the pain from migraines has been triggered due to my spring allergies. And this season seems to be worse than in years past. CEFALY is the #1 FDA cleared device that not only provides drug-free relief from migraines, but it also helps prevent them from even happening.

I have been going to an ENT to figure out why I have been having such severe ear pain, but the conclusion that we are starting to come to is tension headaches that progress into migraines and are triggered by my allergies. Although usually my migraines are stress induced, I have been experiencing them more frequently than usual.

CEFALY comes with everything you need to get started.

A migraine is a painful and disabling condition characterized by a throbbing pain in the head, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound. A 2016 cross-sectional study¹ by the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors (GBD) estimated that migraines and tension-related headaches affect about 3 billion people worldwide.

How to know if you are experiencing a migraine?

The most common symptom of migraine is the intense throbbing head pain. This pain can be so severe that it interferes with your day-to-day activities. It can also be accompanied by nausea and vomiting, as well as sensitivity to light and sound. But a migraine can look very different from person to person. Migraines, which affect children and teenagers as well as adults, can progress through four stages: prodrome, aura, attack and post-drome. Not everyone who has migraines goes through all stages.

1. The prodrome stage occurs 24-48 hours before an impending attack. You might experience sudden mood changes, constipation, a stiff neck, food cravings, and frequent urination.

2. The aura stage might happen just before or during a migraine episode. Common symptoms include photopsia (flashes of light, floaters), tingling sensations in the arms and legs, numbness, hearing sounds, and uncontrollable jerking.

3. The attack stage happens when you experience a full-blown migraine. You’ll likely feel throbbing or pulsing pain on one or both sides of the head. You might also experience light sensitivity, nausea, vomiting, and loss of sensation.

4. The postdrome stage follows after the migraine subsides. You may experience fatigue or confusion for up to 24 hours.

What can trigger a migraine?

- Hormonal changes in women. Fluctuations in estrogen, such as before or during menstrual periods, pregnancy and menopause, seem to trigger headaches in many women.
- Hormonal medications, such as oral contraceptives, also can worsen migraines. Some women, however, find that their migraines occur less often when taking these medications.
- Drinks. These include alcohol, especially wine, and too much caffeine. And not drinking enough water.
- Stress. Stress at work or home can cause migraines. 
- Sensory stimuli. Bright or flashing lights can induce migraines, as can loud sounds. Strong smells - such as perfume, paint thinner, secondhand smoke and others - trigger migraines in some people.
- Sleep changes. Missing sleep or getting too much sleep can trigger migraines in some people.
- Physical factors. Intense physical exertion, including sexual activity, might provoke migraines.
- Weather changes. A change of weather or barometric pressure can prompt a migraine.
- Medications. Oral contraceptives and vasodilators, such as nitroglycerin, can aggravate migraines.
- Foods. Aged cheeses and salty and processed foods might trigger migraines. So might skipping meals.
- Food additives. These include the sweetener aspartame and the preservative monosodium glutamate (MSG), found in many foods.

I have highlighted my triggers. And thankfully, CEFALY has the CeCe app which is a migraine management app that helps you track your migraines and symptoms.

What is CEFALY?

The Cefaly Dual Device is a non-drug treatment that you place on your forehead for migraine relief. It uses a therapy called external trigeminal nerve stimulation (eTNS). eTNS release electrical impulses that tell your brain to stop producing chemicals that raise the intensity and frequency of migraine attacks.

CEFALY is easy to Use:

1. Before placing the device, clean the area between the eyebrows on your forehead.
2. Place the device on the forehead with the logo facing outwards and the lower edge sitting between your eyebrows. The electrode patch should stick firmly against your skin.
3. Turn on the power button and adjust the intensity levels as you wish.
4. Wear the device for 20 minutes each day for prevention. For migraine pain relief, 60-minute treatment is ideal.
Change the electrode patch when it loses its stickiness or after a few uses.

What are the side effects of Cefaly?

Side effects of Cefaly can include tingling skin, sleepiness during usage, headache after usage, and skin irritation. It is considered very safe for most people. The program is 20 minutes long, though you can stop it by removing the device. The FDA approval says that it should be used for no more than 20 minutes each day. However, the Canadian manual says "Cefaly can be used all day long if needed." So, ask your doctor for specific recommendations regarding your own treatment if you have concerns.

CEFALY is great for people like me who don't want to be on medication all of the time and for people who tried different medications, but don't wish to experience the side effects.

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