Most of us have likely experienced some type of headache throughout our lives, but seasonal migraines can be especially painful and debilitating. Triggers can change depending on the seasons, and knowing how to recognize and manage them is crucial.
Shae Datta, MD, co-director of NYU Langone’s Concussion Center and director of cognitive neurology at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island, says “a patient’s migraine brain is sensitive, and the response to change often is a migraine exacerbation.” Some potential triggers are extreme hot or cold, sun glare, dry air, and stormy weather, among others. “Tracking weather can be helpful to predict and help treat these ahead of time,” Dr. Datta adds.
The treatment for seasonal migraines begins with your doctor getting a full picture of your health and existing triggers, and sometimes includes having brain or neck imaging. The most important thing to keep in mind is that triggers affect each person differently, which is why it is important to see a doctor who specializes in treating migraines.
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