With summer heat sticking around the forecast, those who notice the climb in temperatures the most may be the people who suffer from migraine headaches.
WTOP Radio reports that more patients feel worse in the summer than the winter, especially in areas, like ours, where humidity is very high.
Amir Zangiabadi, M.D., neurologist at Washington Adventist Hospital, points to research that indicates the risk of migraine rises 7.5 percent for every 9 degree jump in the temperature.
Dr. Zangibadi blames warm temperatures which can slow the function of the brain’s neurotransmitters — triggering migraines.
“I would say the neurons need perfect temperature to work properly,” Dr. Zangibadi says.
Neurologists say many things can cause migraines including stress, eating and sleeping habits and hormones. Dr. Zangibadi says he’s seen studies that identify air pollution as a potential migraine trigger.
For some relief, migraine sufferers should keep cool and stay indoors when they can. Dr. Zangibadi also suggests steering clear of soda, tea and coffee.