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Headaches in the Good Old Summertime

By Staff Editor
Jun 23, 2014 - 9:29:02 AM

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( - CHICAGO, June 23, 2014  -- During the summer, there is an increased chance of exposure to the triggers and other precipitating factors of headache. Vacations, air travel, the beach, picnics, and partying are not always fun times - especially if you are laid low with a migraine or other headache. The National Headache Foundation offers these helpful tips on avoiding these summer spoilers:

1. The sun can be especially bothersome if you have migraine. Looking
directly or indirectly at the sun can trigger a migraine attack. Don't
forget your shades - sunglasses, visors, or sun hat when you are out and
enjoying the sunshine at the beach, tennis court, golf course, or a
baseball game.
2. Changes in barometric pressure are well-known headache triggers. Watch
out for those sudden thunderstorms and windy days - even in July.
3. Watch your fluids when you are at the beach or some other outdoor
activity. Drinking plenty of water - not soda - will help prevent those
"dehydration" headaches. You don't want to drink too many soft drinks
containing caffeine which can also contribute to your headaches.
4. Backyard barbecues and picnics may provide you with food items that you
wouldn't normally eat. The sauces and dry rubs on those tasty ribs may
contain monosodium glutamate (MSG) to which many headache sufferers are
sensitive. The spread at a picnic may include aged cheeses, hot dogs and
other meats with nitrates, and pickles - all items found on headache
diets. And let's not forget the beer and cocktails served at those summer
parties - watch your intake!!!
5. You've invited 50 friends to your July 4(th) celebration - and the stress
is getting to you. Plan ahead and be organized - you don't want to spend
the day or the day after, in a dark, quiet room as you try to get rid of
that migraine.
6. The joy of a long weekend or vacation can be quickly ruined by a
headache. Try to stay on your normal sleep schedule. Oversleeping, not
getting adequate sleep, or missing a meal can all contribute to a
7. Everyone says "travel is no longer fun." Traveling by plane is
particularly stressful. Who  can tolerate the airport inconveniences, the
long delays, and the lack of food service on these flights? Purchasing a
healthy snack and a bottle of water prior to boarding may help you avoid
a travel headache. Try to avoid alcoholic beverages before and during
your flight - those cocktails will dehydrate you. Also, the oxygen on
planes, although the cabins are pressurized, is never at normal levels.
If you are burdened by "altitude headaches," your physician may offer
some remedies to help prevent the headaches associated with air travel.
Hopefully, these recommendations will help you truly enjoy your summer and make the most of the great weather and sunshine.

June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. The National Headache Foundation (NHF) is the premier educational and informational resource for individuals with headache, their families, physicians, allied health care professionals, and health policy decision makers. The mission of the NHF to cure headache, and end its pain and suffering. In order to accomplish its mission, the NHF provides educational and informational resources, supports headache research, and advocates for the understanding of headache as a legitimate neurobiological disease.

For information on headache causes and treatments, or for a list of physicians in your area who treat headache, please visit or call 1-888-NHF-5552.

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