Why does my head hurt in the heat and how to get rid of this pain

Sure­ly you have noticed that in the sum­mer, when it is hot, your head hurts quite often. Nat­u­ral­ly, this caus­es dis­com­fort, because the body is not at all easy to endure high air tem­per­a­ture.

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Eka­te­ri­na Yat­senko – Doc­tor of Neu­rol­o­gy, Doc­tor of Med­ical Sci­ences, Mem­ber of the Euro­pean Acad­e­my of Neu­rol­o­gy (EAN)

Why is this hap­pen­ing, and what can be done about it? Let’s try to fig­ure it out togeth­er Eka­te­ri­na Yat­senko – Doc­tor of Neu­rol­o­gy, MD, Mem­ber of the Euro­pean Acad­e­my of Neu­rol­o­gy (EAN)

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Why does my head hurt when it’s hot

One of the main caus­es of headaches in hot weath­er is dehy­dra­tion. Due to the lack of flu­id, the blood cir­cu­la­tion of the brain is dis­turbed, as a result of which a headache may occur. And the lack of flu­id, when +30 out­side the win­dow appears very quick­ly, because a per­son is active­ly sweat­ing.

Impor­tant: salts that are impor­tant for the body also come out with sweat, the lack of which also caus­es headaches, pres­sure drops and dizzi­ness.

In addi­tion, the con­stant­ly run­ning air con­di­tion­er can cause headaches. Add air-con­di­tioned dry air, tem­per­a­ture fluc­tu­a­tions (when you enter and exit the room) and pos­si­ble noise from equip­ment to a cock­tail, and you will get a headache.



Anoth­er cause of headaches in the heat is heat stroke. In this case, in addi­tion to a headache, you will be accom­pa­nied by weak­ness, nau­sea (and even vom­it­ing), dizzi­ness, diar­rhea, and fever. This is a dan­ger­ous con­di­tion that requires imme­di­ate med­ical atten­tion. There­fore, if you sus­pect a heat stroke, imme­di­ate­ly call an ambu­lance.

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How to prevent a headache in the heat

The first and fore­most rule is to drink enough water. Please note that we are talk­ing about plain water: with­out gas or any oth­er addi­tives. You can also drink green tea in the heat, it per­fect­ly tones the body, nor­mal­izes blood pres­sure and reduces the risk of headaches.

On hot days, avoid caf­feine, black tea, and alco­hol. Food is best to choose as light as pos­si­ble, of plant ori­gin. Meat or fish is best eat­en in the morn­ing, while it is still not hot, and in small quan­ti­ties. Avoid fat­ty, fried, salty, smoked and so on. Remem­ber that your body is already hard, you should not load it with heavy food.

Make sure you have enough mag­ne­sium and potas­si­um in your diet. The lack of these trace ele­ments can cause headaches. You will find a lot of mag­ne­sium and potas­si­um in: dried fruits, bananas, wheat bran, nuts, spinach, pars­ley, avo­ca­dos. Let these prod­ucts be on your table every day.

Impor­tant: in the heat, in no case should you endure thirst, this pro­vokes pres­sure surges. Make sure you always have water.

Also in the sum­mer, it is advis­able to aban­don strong per­fumes or eau de toi­lette. A rich aro­ma at high tem­per­a­tures can also cause headaches. For sum­mer, choose light and weight­less fra­grances.

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What to do if your head hurts

It is impor­tant to under­stand that a headache is not nor­mal. This is a sig­nal from the body that some­thing is wrong with it. If you have iso­lat­ed cas­es of headaches that are asso­ci­at­ed with heat, change your diet, nor­mal­ize your drink­ing reg­i­men, and the sit­u­a­tion will improve.

As a rule, a cup of green tea, rest in a cool place and max­i­mum relax­ation helps with such a headache.

Do not neglect evening walks, it also helps to relieve a headache if it is caused by one of the above rea­sons. If all else fails, take a painkiller pill (but it’s bet­ter not to get car­ried away. Uncon­trolled use of painkillers as a result will only increase headaches).

If headaches recur reg­u­lar­ly (3–4 times a month), this is an occa­sion to con­sult a doc­tor to under­stand the cause of the pain and pre­scribe the cor­rect treat­ment. With repeat­ed episodes, the cause of pain is unlike­ly to be high air tem­per­a­ture, this may be a sign of some dis­ease.

A headache in the heat is quite a nat­ur­al phe­nom­e­non, since our body often suf­fers from dehy­dra­tion and mal­nu­tri­tion at high tem­per­a­tures. Try to fol­low the drink­ing reg­i­men, eat right and take care of your­self.

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