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Tips for Avoiding Summer Migraines and Headaches

by Teri Robert, Lead Health Guide

Don't let yourself get dehydrated, even a little...

This is important all year, but especially in the summer. You may hear or see news reports warning about dehydration and heat stroke. Heed them. Dehydration is a major headache and Migraine trigger for many people. WHAT you drink can make a difference, too. Large quantities of soda or regular iced tea, although summer favorites, have a great deal of caffeine. Lemonade is super unless citrus is a Migraine trigger for your or your stomach is sensitive to all the acid. Water is always a good choice! Also see Dehydration - An Avoidable Migraine Trigger.

Be respectful and careful of the sun...

Summer sun can be one of our worst enemies, and I'm not talking about sunburn, even though that can be a problem. Too much time in the summer sun is another serious headache and Migraine trigger. That doesn't mean we have to stay indoors. Try hats with broad brims that keep sun off your neck and upper chest and back as well as your face. Beach umbrellas can be great at ball games and the like. You can also cool yourself down with a spray bottle of water or a cold, wet bandanna around your neck.

Beware of fragrance in summer products...

Are you sensitive to fragrances and/or other odors? Remember that when shopping for sunscreen, insect repellent, and other summer products. Look for fragrance-free products. If you're not sure about chemical names listed in the ingredients, your pharmacist may be able to help you.

 

 

 

 Don't get caught without your sunglasses...

Summer can be tough on the eyes. Invest in some good sunglasses. Polarized lenses are great because, in addition to darkening, they cut glare. If you can go for optical grade lenses, do. They aren't as likely to produce distortion as inexpensive sunglasses. Still troubled by light from around your glasses? Try a baseball cap or another type of hat to block out the sun that comes in from above the sunglasses. See Good Sunglasses - Vital for Migraine and Eye Health.

 Try not to stray too far from your routine...

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