Dr. Besser, Doctors Express Memphis, Answers Your Questions

Can you tell me about the new chickenpox vaccine that I have heard is now available. Is it a good idea?

The chickenpox vaccine actually is not new, it has been around for many years.  It is a good idea for children to receive this vaccine to prevent chickenpos.  Here is some excellent information about the vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/varicella/default.htm

 

I often get migraines. Is there a nutrition connection?

Yes, there may be a nutrition connection. Some people with gluten allergies have migraines from eating gluten products and other migraine sufferers note pain if they consume alcoholic beverages. There are two ways for you to determine if you have food triggered migraines.  First, you might try a food diary- that means recording everything you eat to see if there is a relationship with your headaches.  Alternatively, you could try an elimination diet. In this experiment, you give up most foods and gradually add them back one at a time to see if one triggers a headache.Not all migraines are triggered by headaches, however,so you may not find an answer with these experiments.  You might also consider speaking with a neurologist who can assist you with evaluating your headaches.

 

 

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