From the Care Centre in Orlando:
Back to School can be filled with emotion, but for many it’s nothing but a big headache -- literally. Centra Care locations usually notice more patients complaining of an aching head this time of year.
Centra Care medical director, Timothy Hendrix MD, says that the increase in headaches cannot be attributed to one main cause. In many cases, the headaches are triggered by nothing more than summertime fun (i.e. Brain Freeze!).
Here are just some of the reasons your head may be aching:
Hot Dog Headache – Nitrates found in foods like, hot dogs, sausage and processed meat are known triggers for migraines.
Outdoor Activities – The outdoor summer fun can be a real headache for those who suffer from allergies and sinus trouble.
Alcohol (especially red wine) - It doesn’t take a lot to set off a headache for those who are migraine-prone. Many chemicals in alcohol including sulfites, tyramine and more can quickly cause you pain. Alcohol can also cause dehydration, which can also lead to a headache.
Sleep – Changes in sleep patterns, which happen a lot this time of year, are known to cause migraines for some. It’s important to remain on a set sleep schedule.
Stress – School supply lists, new teachers, new schedules, whatever your stressor may be, it can quickly bring on a tension headache.
Increased Temperatures – Harvard University researchers found that for every 9°F increase in the temperature outdoors, the risk of severe headache jumped by 7.5%.
Sun/Heat – A sunburn and heat exhaustion can both be causes for headaches. Be sure to limit sun exposure and stay hydrated.
These are just some of the causes that can bring on end of summer headaches. Avoiding the trigger can be a huge help. You may also find relief with over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen, as well as lifestyle changes including relaxation and exercise. For migraine sufferers, prescription medicine may be prescribed.
It’s important to determine that your headache is not caused by an underlying medical disorder. Seek medical care for severe pain, vomiting, neck pain, fever or headache accompanied by any numbness, weakness, vision changes or problems speaking.
So many of these are true for me. The red wine, alcohol and dehydration are bigs one for me