Can going between hot and cold temperatures affect migraines?

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    I am aware that barometric pressure and weather changes can contribute to migraines. I have read that certain parts of the United States might contribute to migraine improvement or worsening. I live in East Texas and it is very hot and humid right now (plus we are having a lot more airborne allergy issues in this area too!) My headaches have worsened this summer substantially and wondered if the environment I live in can be contributing? Can going between hot and cold temperatures also affect migraines? Thanks for your help and for all you're doing to educate and support those of us plagued with headaches! Shannon.

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    Full Answer:

    Dear Shannon;


    The short answer to your question is, "Yes."


    Some Migraineurs are very sensitive to barometric pressure changes, as you mentioned, so weather fronts represent strong triggers for them. Others are sensitive to changes in temperature. Some are sensitive enough that going in and out of an air-conditioned building on a hot day or a heated building on a cold day can trigger Migraines.


    Thank you for your kind comment. You're most welcome. We're glad to do what we can.


    Good luck,
    John Claude Krusz and Teri Robert



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Published On: October 03, 2012