Thursday, 16 June 2011

How to prevent a migraine attack?

  • Avoid triggers: If certain foods seem to have triggered your headaches in the past, eat something else. If certain scents are a problem, try to avoid them. In general, try to establish a daily routine with regular sleep patterns and regular meals.

  • Exercise regularly: Regular aerobic exercise reduces tension and can help prevent migraines. If your doctor agrees, choose any aerobic exercise you enjoy, including walking, swimming and cycling. Warm up slowly, however, because sudden, intense exercise can cause headaches.

  • Reduce the effects of oestrogen: If you are a woman with migraines and estrogen seems to trigger or make your headaches worse, or if you have a family history of stroke or high blood pressure, you may want to avoid or reduce the amount of medications you take that contain estrogen. These medications include birth control pills and hormone replacement therapy. Talk with your doctor about the best alternatives or dosages for you.

  • Quit smoking: If you smoke, talk to your doctor about quitting. Smoking can trigger headaches or make headaches worse.

  • Get enough sleep, but don't oversleep The average adult needs seven to nine hours of sleep a night.

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