Headaches don’t necessarily occur more often during summer. It depends on what type of headache. There are different classifications of headaches. I would say tension headaches might decrease during the summer because we have more free time; we're on vacation and relaxing. With migraines, every patient is different. There can be different situations in which migraines increase. But typically, they have nothing to do with the season. Sometimes we do see a type of migraine that can be aggravated by allergies.
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Over the counter medications can help salve sinus headaches. But chronic sinus headache may indicate a bigger problem, says Satish Govindaraj, MD, director of endoscopic skull base surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Sinus headaches tend to be in the central area of the face and forehead. In this video, Satish Govindaraj, MD, director of endoscopic skull base surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, discusses sinus headache symptoms.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Many studies have examined the effect of homeopathy on migraines and other headaches. Results from these studies conflict. More studies are needed before a conclusion can be made.
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Many migraine sufferers are very sensitive to light, especially to glare. Bright lights are more likely to trigger migraine headaches when they are of a "flickering" quality, and a slow flicker is usually more irritating than a more rapid one. It is believed that some people have more excitable brain cells in response to light than others.
- The use of anti-glare screens on computer displays can reduce the flicker and newer television displays have reduced visual triggering characteristics.
- Daylight spectrum florescent bulbs in most cases will reduce or eliminate the issue that migraine patients experience related to these conditions.
High blood pressure is called the "silent killer" because there are few physical symptoms. However, hypertension can be a major cause of heart attacks and strokes.
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- High blood pressure can cause headache, but in general is not the cause of recurring headaches.
- Blood pressure usually has to be quite elevated to cause headache. Studies show that headaches have been precipitated by blood pressures of 200/110 or higher.
- A physician should determine whether or not an elevated blood pressure is responsible for a patient's headache
- Some high blood pressure medications can also cause headache.
Estrogen levels fluctuate throughout the menstrual cycle. The headaches related to hormonal imbalance typically occur in association with drops in the estrogen level. Few women (less than 10%) have headaches only with menses. Therefore, in most women, hormones are just one of many migraine triggers.
- Migraine occurs more often in women than in men.
- Although migraine headaches are equally common in young girls and boys, the number of girls affected increases sharply after the onset of menstruation.
- 60% of women sufferers related attacks to their menstrual cycle.
- Migraine attacks may occur several days before or during the woman's menstrual period.
- One of the most frequently encountered triggers of migraine is changes in estrogen levels.
- As women progress through their child-bearing years, migraines often are more frequent.
- As menses cease in menopause, the majority of women experience fewer migraine attacks.
- Hormonal replacement therapy sometimes causes women to continue with their migraines.
- During pregnancy, medication use is discouraged unless absolutely necessary.
- The safety of any medication in pregnancy cannot be assured.
- Before using any medication for headache, a physician should always be consulted before using medication, including over-the-counter medications.
- A non-medicinal treatment program can be effective in pregnancy such as biofeedback.
Given the amount of time people spend reading, working on computers, watching TV and playing video games, many people believe that eyestrain causes their headaches.
- Other factors involved in TV/computer related headaches include posture, stress and long periods of concentration.
- Rarely is eyestrain itself the sole cause of headaches. If eyestrain is suspected, the first step is a complete ophthalmological exam.
- Take frequent short breaks including stretching your neck, arms and back while watching TV or using the computer.
- Try closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths. Eyestrain may be a trigger for migraine or tension-type headaches.
Alcohol, which is consumed in beverages such as liquor, wine and beer, is a chemical called ethanol which may cause headaches by several means.
- Ethanol is a direct vasodilator; in some individuals vasodilation may cause a headache
- Second, ethanol is a natural diuretic; this leads to excretion of salt, vitamins and minerals from the body through the kidneys.
- Excess consumption of ethanol may produce dehydration and chemical imbalances in the body and we consume ethanol in beverages that contain other chemicals
- Many with migraines, and most with cluster headaches, are sensitive to alcohol, at times in even small amounts.
- Those who suffer from headaches should avoid any heavy use of alcohol to avoid further headaches.