Previous articles concerning treatment for weather headaches looked at the importance of keeping a headache diary and recommended equipment that a weather headache sufferer should consider owning. We know turn our attention to giving an overview of the various types of treatment available for weather headaches.
Types of Treatment
The most holistic approach for tackling general headache symptoms is through non-drug or therapy methods such as avoiding stuffy rooms, taking a brisk walk or exercising to raise natural headache fighting body chemicals e.g. endorphin’s, and avoiding general migraine triggers e.g. red wine, bright or flickering lights, strong aromas or broken sleeping patterns.
However, the first point of call for most people regarding medication is through trying over-the-counter medicines such as acetaminophen (Paracetamol) or ibuprofen. Some treatments contain one of the basic drugs plus an additional substance which modifies its action e.g. Paracetamol with caffeine added. In this case, caffeine helps the main drug to be adsorbed faster and to work more effectively, plus it helps blood vessels to constrict thereby reducing pain. Unfortunately, there are a minority of people who are sensitive to caffeine – it can actually trigger their migraines!
If the above methods prove ineffectual, it will be necessary to consult a medical practitioner who will usually have you accessed to rule out any serious underlying medical conditions. They will then typically prescribe medication that will either help prevent headaches e.g. Beta Blockers such as Propranolol, or acute medication that will help tackle developing headaches or migraines to prevent them becoming entrenched e.g. Triptans such as Sumatriptan.
However, some people have found that alternative therapies treat weather headache symptoms effectively. Many possible treatments have been recorded as being beneficial, for example:
- Herbal medication
- Massage therapy
In addition, some people report the use of equipment such as ionizers and humidifiers helpful. Finally, some research studies have suggested Magnesium supplements are of benefit for weather headache sufferers, although the recommended dosage varies between 200-800 mg/day depending on the study in question.
It is important to remember that what helps one person may not help another. Therefore, it is vital to remain patient and be prepared to adjust or alter the medication/ therapy in order to find a type of treatment for weather headaches that is optimally suited to your needs. Before starting any treatment or taking any medication always apply due diligence and if you have any concerns, always seek the advice of a qualified medical practitioner.