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Seasonal Vertigo

Timothy C. Hain, MD  Content last updated: April 7, 2011

Occasionally we encounter persons who have vertigo at the same month, year after year. These we term "seasonal vertigo".

The main possibilities are:

1. Migraine -- in Chicago, migraines often occur in April and November. In the artic, there are more headaches during the light season. Cluster headaches are a migraine variant that often occurs during the same month, every year.

2. Allergy -- in Chicago, we have more allergins in the air in April, and August.

3. Seasonal affective disorder -- the lack of light can be depressing.

Treatment:

Often there is an attempt to start treatment a month prior to anticipated onset of symptoms.

References:

1.     Alstadhaug, K. B., Bekkelund, S. and Salvesen, R. (2007). "Circannual periodicity of migraine?" Eur J Neurol 14(9): 983-988.
2.     Brewerton, T. D. and George, M. S. (1990). "A study of the seasonal variation of migraine." Headache 30(8): 511-513.

 

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