Summer Heat and Headaches

By Annette GallagherJune 4, 2015No Comments

Updated: 2/1/2017

Could the Summer Heat be a Trigger for Your Migraine?

There is something about the summer sun that is so inviting, and the moment the seasons change, there is nothing better than getting outdoors and soaking up a few rays. However, if you are one of the millions of migraine sufferers in the US, you might notice a pattern between your headaches and the sun coming out.

It’s important to stay hydrated all year round, but especially during the summer months. Dehydration can be fatal, but at the very least, it can cause problems such as headaches, lack of concentration and weakness. In fact, a headache can be your first warning sign that you need to take in some fluids. Keep a bottle of water on hand so that you can sip regularly and keep those headaches away.

Respect the Sun’s Rays at All Times

Summer sun can really cause serious problems, and if you don’t respect it and protect yourself sufficiently, you could be putting your body and your health at risk. Sunburn, sunstroke and dehydration are just some of these problems, but the brightness of the sun can also be enough to trigger a migraine. In addition to topping up the sunscreen, consider wearing a hat with a large brim and investing in good quality sunglasses. Beach umbrellas add an additional layer of protection at the beach or in the garden. Water sprays can also give you a blast of cooling refreshment when you need it.

Even Your Perfume Could be Your Enemy

If you can’t resist a dab of perfume before leaving home, or your summer products contain high levels of fragrance, you could be causing yourself a headache without realizing it. That also applies to sunscreens and insect repellents as these are often heavily fragranced to conceal any strong chemical scents. Look for products that are fragrance-free as these are less likely to cause a reaction if you are sensitive to fragrances.

Don’t Suffer in the Summer Sun – Let Our Migraine Experts Help

The team at Miami Headache Institute is available to you all year round, whether you are experiencing more migraines in the summer, or you suspect the sun could be the root cause. We can give you our expert diagnosis and opinion and offer advice and treatment that will ensure you can enjoy all that the summer has to offer without worrying about pain.

Speak to us today to find out more about our individualized treatment plans. Call our specialist headache management team today at 305.517.5712305.517.5712 or use our contact form to book a consultation.