First aid for headaches First aid for headaches

First aid for headaches

Before 25 November, 2016 Isabel Vallejo

A migraine is a common type of headache that can be accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or sensitivity to light. Most people feel a pulsating pain on one side of their head when they occur.

The webpage MedlinePlus provides a list of foods that can trigger this condition:
. Any processed, fermented, pickled or marinated food
. Desserts, chocolate, nuts and dairy products
. Meats that contain nitrates such as bacon, hot dogs, salami and cured meats
. Red wine, aged cheese, smoked fish and certain beans

Alcohol, stress, certain smells or perfumes, loud noises or bright lights and smoking can also trigger a migraine. According to, some ways to relieve the pain at home include applying a cold towel on the head, taking a cold shower, taking a nap, exercising and meditating. If the migraine lasts for longer than one day, is recommended that the patient see their doctor and get the proper medical attention.

Keep a migraine diary: when you have a migraine, write down the conditions of the environment surrounding you. Note the sensory stimuli you feel (bright lights, loud booming music, strange smells, etc.), any causes of stress, and your eating and sleeping habits. After a few episodes, reread your diary in order to identify conditions that tend to be common when a migraine occurs. These conditions are “triggers” and should be avoided to prevent or reduce future migraines.