Warm Weather Increases Headache Risk

March 16, 2009 09:00 AM
by Kate Davey
A recent study found that high temperatures are a trigger for migraine headaches.

High Temperatures Root of Headaches

According to a study published in the March 10 issue of the journal Neurology, high temperatures and, to a lesser extent, low barometric pressure, serve as triggers for those suffering from headaches and migraines.

From May 2000 to December 2007, researchers studied the local weather and pollution conditions that occurred before and after patients left the emergency department of Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with a “primary discharge diagnosis of headache.”

This study, which had a sample group of more than 7,000, is one of the first large-scale studies to establish a significant link between the environment and the risk of headache.

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Reference: Headache symptoms and statistics

MedlinePlus explains that migraine symptoms include: “nausea and vomiting; sensitivity to light or sound; loss of appetite; fatigue; numbness, tingling, or weakness.”

According to Migraine Survival, various factors affect the frequency and severity of migraines. Migraines “affect women three times more frequently than men” and their headaches “tend to be more severe, [and are] more likely to require bedrest.”

Related Topic: Treatment for headaches

WebMD explains migraines are treated via two approaches, abortive and preventive: “The goal of abortive therapy is to prevent a migraine attack or to stop it once it starts … The goal [with preventive therapy] is to lessen the frequency and severity of the migraine attacks.”

Taking the right amount of pain medication is important to ending headaches. Mayo Clinic warns of “rebound headaches,” which occur when the headache sufferer takes too much medication and the body adapts to it.

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