In the summer during hot weather and tropical storms, many people worry about the onset of migraine headaches.
Studies have shown that a rise in temperature by a few degrees can trigger headache attacks. Other weather features, including bright sunshine, humidity levels and shifts in barometric pressure are all also factors that play a role.
Weather-related headaches have environmental triggers behind them. There is a link between migraines and humid, stormy weather as well as with hot, sticky weather. For many migraine suffers,there is a potential link to environmental factors and their headaches.
Most who suffer from weather-related headaches feel they are more susceptible if other factors were in play, such as being tired, alcohol, or dehydration, over eating.
While the reason for the link between the weather and headaches of varying severity is still unclear,doctors now know that environmental factors play a big role.
"For a lot of headache sufferers they notice that seasonal change can be a time of worsening headaches for them," said Dr. Christine Lay, director of the Centre for Headache at Women's College Hospital in Toronto. "Probably more than 50% of migraine patients have some kind of weather trigger."
And while weather changes can have a distinct impact on those who know they suffer from migraine attacks in particular, even people who think they might have a simple tension headache should consider a link to the environment.
The majority of migraine patients are undiagnosed, and weather-triggered migraine attacks are often mischaracterized as sinus headaches or bad tension headaches.
To compound matters, summer activities such as enjoying barbecued meats containing nitrites -- a known headache aggravator -- and a tendency to opt for colorful summer cocktails carrying dyes and artificial sweeteners, can all make a person more vulnerable to a weather-related headache.
No matter what kind of headache you experience, the bottom line recommended by specialists is for people to investigate just what might be bringing on that pounding head pain.
People really need to educate themselves. They need to get to their family physician, and get a proper diagnosis.
For migraine and weather related headache pain management, contact Franklin Pain and Wellness Center.