So you’ve enjoyed the sunshine and got that envious tan, but now it’s time for some cold breeze, freezing temperatures and dry skin.

No, we don’t mean to scare you but the arrival of the fall season can make the temperatures unfriendly and the air insipidly humid—this means more sniffles, a parched skin, and also the dreadful migraines. Even research shows that seasonal changes aggravate headaches in the population, especially migraine sufferers.

Migraines In The Fall Season: The Connection
The autumn months cause a remarkable change in temperature, barometric pressure, levels of dust and precipitation. These variations are accompanied by an upsurge in allergens such as mold and ragweed, most prevalent this time of the year.

While experts still aren’t sure of the physiological mechanisms involved in developing a headache due to changes in the weather, they suspect a connection between the peripheral nociception pathways in the brain. So while the weather is capable of giving you that pounding headache, there isn’t enough literature to validate how it manages to do it.

One theory also involves the changes in the daylight cycle as a trigger during fall, as days tend to shorten. This can have a neurological effect and in turn initiate that migraine.

If you’ve come to realize that a change in the weather does affect your headache patterns with an upsurge beginning autumn, then you better be prepared.

  • Make sure you carry your medicines with you at all times.
  • Limit your time outside if cold temperatures increase the intensity of your headache.
  • You can also maintain a headache calendar to track if the weather is actually a trigger for you to make things clear.

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