Summer and headache

The episodes of headaches usually surge in the month of summer. Apart from hot weather, and pressure changes, some lifestyle factors like what we eat increase the risk of headaches. Take a look at some of the contributory factors behind the rise of headaches in summers.

The episodes of headaches surge in the month of summer. According to a recent study, every 9°F rise in temperature increased a person’s short-term risk of a headache by about 7.5% before their emergency room visit. Apart from hot weather, and pressure changes, some lifestyle factors like what we eat increase the risk of headaches.

Heat and headache

Rising temperature is the main contributory factor behind headaches and migraine. The changes in pressure owing to hot temperature are the main trigger for migraine. Symptoms of heat exhaustion are

  • Dizziness
  • Muscle cramps and tightness
  • Numbness in the face and pack.
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Weakness or tiredness
  • Extreme thirst

Tips to prevent heat-related headaches

  • Limit outdoor activities during daytime
  • Use sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Try to do all your exercise indoors, avoid outdoor exercises.
  • Sports drink containing a lot of electrolytes and water will keep the body hydrated.
  • Essential oils, herbal teas, and cold compresses might be useful in heat-related headaches.

Tips to avoid headaches related to exercises 

  • Avoid participating in any strenuous activity like running, swimming, weight lifting, etc.
  • Avoid doing exercise outdoor at peak hours. If at all you have to, shift your timings to eve hours or late evening.
  • You can try doing warm-up exercises like stretching, jogging, and walking.

Hydration and headaches

On normal days, you need to drink 8 glasses or 2 liters of water a day. However, on hot days, you might need to increase the intake of water to 2 and a half and three liters. Dehydration can cause shrinkage of the brain which further leads to headaches. After restoring the hydration, the brain returns to its normal size, and headaches vanish.

Pollution and headaches

There can be headaches because of pollution or allergens. Summer holidays call for vacation and trips. Thus, more vehicles on road. Lead, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter all increase during the summer month and causes headaches. The pollution can irritate the lungs, and eyes and can trigger an intense headache. When the headache is more intense, especially on one side, and is accompanied by nausea, it signifies a migraine.

Food and headaches

There is a certain category of foods if eaten can give rise to headaches. Processed meats and aged cheese can aggravate headaches. Avoid consumption of fried, junk, or processed foods in summer. They can cause digestive issues and uneasiness. Instead try fresh herbs, fruits, and vegetables.

Precautionary measures for summers

  • Drink plenty of water, and stay hydrated.
  • Don’t overexert yourself
  • Avoid direct exposure to sunlight
  • Pay close attention to food triggers

(Disclaimer: The content on this site is for informational purposes only, and should not be taken as professional medical advice.  Always seek the guidance of your doctor or other health professionals for any questions you may have regarding your health or a medical condition.)

Tags : #Health #Migraine #Headaches #Summerheadaches #Summermigraine #Summertips #Medicircle #SmitaKumar

About the Author

Renu Gupta

With a background in Pharmacy which is the clinical health science that links medical science with chemistry, I had the desire to mix creativity to these fields. Medicircle provides me an avenue to apply my training in science and interest in creativity together.

Related Stories

Loading Please wait...


Trending Now

Is Liposuction surgery safe? Know the side effects of Liposuction Surgery May 21, 2022
The BD 'Advances in Clinical Flow Cytometry' Event provides clinicians with a rich knowledge-sharing platformMay 21, 2022
Omega 3 fatty acids – The essential fatMay 21, 2022
Vitamin B12 – Deficiency and sourcesMay 21, 2022
CDSCO has approved Boehringer Ingelheim's Jardiance for the treatment of heart failure.May 20, 2022
Hanuman raises over $.5 million to expand its emergency medical response services in Bihar, Jharkand and UP May 20, 2022
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) – Causes and preventive methodsMay 20, 2022
Healthcare Innovation Challenge: Data's Expanding Role in the Healthcare SectorMay 20, 2022
Homeopathy in Pregnancy - Homeopathy Treatment | MedicircleMay 20, 2022
MetroMedi launches the MetroMedi Relief platform for mental and sexual health wellbeing.May 20, 2022
Top Health Benefits for Butter milk May 20, 2022
Sumit Agarwal- Born with Cerabral Palsy to today being an acclaimed entrepreneur in the public relations industry in IndiaMay 20, 2022
Five eye hospitals in the Tri-city region have been acquired by Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital.May 19, 2022
World Family Doctor Day, 2022 – Family doctor makes care easily accessible May 19, 2022
Adani Enterprises will explore the healthcare industry.May 19, 2022
Tips for Weight Loss May 19, 2022
What should be the diet during menopause? May 19, 2022
5 Tips To Get Rid Of Cracked Heels In SummerMay 19, 2022
How is meditation beneficial in reducing low blood pressure?May 18, 2022
Why should we not eat mushrooms because of kidney disease? May 18, 2022