TMJ Headache Treatment & Food Allergy Headache Treatment
Millions of people suffer from headaches, but what many don’t realize is that there is usually an underlying cause. National Headache Institute specializes in treating headaches caused by a variety of other ailments, including those related to TMJ pain or food allergies.
Roughly half of Americans suffer from pain in the temporomandibular joints. Commonly referred to as TMJ, the pain causes tight facial muscles and clenching of the teeth, which often results in a headache at the same time. For many people, the symptoms become chronic. Luckily, there are several types of TMJ treatment available, including changes in lifestyle, doctor-prescribed remedies, or orthodontic surgery.
- Lifestyle: Some patients only have problems during high-stress times or when eating certain foods. Lifestyle changes, such as performing stress-reduction exercises, avoiding chewing gum, or yawning too widely may ease the pain.
- Doctor-Prescribed Remedies: If over-the-counter medication or at-home treatments don’t help, a doctor often prescribes a splint. The splint protects teeth from grinding while sleeping and often relieves TMJ symptoms.
- Orthodontic Surgery: Extreme sufferers may decide to undergo orthodontic surgery. These surgeries can change the shape of a person’s teeth and his or her bite pattern, which may relieve pain.
People who imagine food allergies tend to think of people with severe symptoms, such as those who are allergic to peanuts or seafood. However, many people have milder reactions to certain foods in the form of headaches. Common food triggers for an allergy headache include chocolate, artificial sweeteners, and aged cheese, and some people also experience headaches after consuming caffeine or alcohol, even if small quantities.
Naturally, the easiest way to prevent allergy headaches is to avoid the trigger food or drink, but it’s also easier said than done. People who eat out or have meals at another person’s house may inadvertently consume a trigger food. Sometimes, people simply want to be able to enjoy their favorite foods despite the consequences.
Depending on the cause and severity of the symptoms, some over-the-counter treatments, such as Benadryl or Zyrtec, may help with some of the symptoms. Nasal medications, including Flonase, may also help with any facial pain. A doctor may prescribe something for more severe headaches.
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If you suspect you are suffering from headaches related to TMJ or food allergies, National Headache Institute may be able to ease your pain. Our professionals specialize in a number of increasingly popular treatment methods, including Botox injections for facial pain.
We also perform diagnostic tests and always discuss your options with you before deciding on a course of treatment. Schedule a consultation appointment to begin the healing process.