It is extremely common for patients to have both migraine and symptoms of rhinitis. In fact, one study found that 67% of all persons with migraine had symptoms of rhinitis (nasal congestion, runny nose, post nasal drip, itchy nose). 6 If patients with migraine also have rhinitis symptoms, we treat them with medications to treat this disorder, which include nasal steroids and oral/nasal antihistamines. This may help the rhinitis symptoms as well as any sinus pain/pressure they may be experiencing, but it is unknown if these therapies will decrease the frequency of migraine headache.
It can be difficult to tell the difference between a cold and hay fever. If you have hay fever, your runny nose will likely have a thin, watery discharge, and, despite the name, you will not have a fever. If you have a cold, you may have a thicker or yellowish discharge from your nose, and may have a low-grade fever. Hay fever symptoms can begin immediately after you are exposed to allergens like pollen or animal dander , and will continue as long as your exposure continues. A cold will most likely begin a day or two after exposure to the virus, and can last a few days to a week.
The main difference between the injection and the tablet form is that once you've had the injection, there's nothing that anyone can do to stop the steroids leaking into your blood stream. If you do suffer any side effects, these may last for up to three weeks. If you're taking tablets, stopping the treatment will usually cause the symptoms to cease within twenty-four hours. In a nutshell - the injection is faster and more convenient than the tablets, but if you're unlucky enough to suffer side effects, you'll be stuck with them for longer.