Why Are Migraines Worse During the Summer?

If you suffer from migraines or know someone who does, you may have notices that they seem to get worse during the summer. Dr. Emad Estemalik at the Cleveland Clinic has an explanation. “Weather is a very important factor and element when it comes to migraine occurrence. Especially around seasonal changes. So, as we’re going from winter, into spring, into summer, you have significant barometric pressure change.”

Barometric pressure is the measurement of the air pressure in the atmosphere and the changes based on temperature, altitude and moisture. As these conditions shift – especially in extreme situations, like a thunderstorm- it can impact a person’s sinuses and cause a migraine. Migraines are considered much more painful than a typical headache and can lead to other symptoms including nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light.

According to Estemalik, there are various treatment options which can include medications, therapy, botox and also dietary and other lifestyle changes. He understands how distressing migraines can be and emphasizes that a person doesn’t need to suffer in silence.

Excerpted from ABC27

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