Combining some easy behaviours and using the necessary drugs are two keys to ensuring that this type of discomfort does not disrupt our everyday routine. Review these suggestions to avoid an unpleasant time.
Many times, just thinking about a headache makes us sick. And it is not for nothing that three-quarters of the world population has been affected by this sort of illness in the last year, and that, according to World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, it affects women more than men.
A headache can last anywhere from 30 minutes to seven days. For the same reason, if we have the slightest suspicion that we will experience one of these episodes, we should act promptly. To prevent having a difficult experience as a result of this, Virginia Socas, the medical director of Laboratorio Chile, and Patricia Hernández, the Brand Manager of Kitadol, give us some advice:
Maintain a healthy diet
Certain foods have been shown in scientific studies to inflame or deflate specific parts of the brain. It is advised to avoid chocolate, fermented cheeses, cold cuts, and sausages, and to consume plenty of fresh meat and fish, soups, vegetables, fruits, fresh milk, legumes, and carbohydrates. This is because, as Dr. Virginia Socas explains, they are low in tyramine, which can help avoid migraines. Also, it is critical not to skip any meals throughout the day.
Dehydration is a common cause of headache, so drinking water as soon as the pain begins can help reduce it. The goal is to keep taking little sips throughout the day while avoiding coffee, alcohol, and soda.
Quiet places to rest
The ideal option is to choose a calm, dark, and noise-free location that allows you to rest and relax. “The best thing to do is lie down, close your eyes, and concentrate on breathing, always in a comfortable position with the neck relaxed,” Dr. Socas says, adding that the surrounding temperature is also a factor to consider. If you are cold, wrap up, and if you are easily overheated, manage your area so that the temperature does not rise.
Correct use of medications
Paracetamol is one of the best headache remedies, which is why it is always a good idea to keep some in your wallet or on your nightstand: “it is scientifically proven that paracetamol does not harm the stomach, it produces fewer allergic reactions than other analgesics, and it is safer for children,” explains Dr. Socials, adding that it is always important not to exceed the indicated doses.
Massage is relaxing, and it can also help with headaches. To be most effective, begin with your scalp and work your way up to your neck, finishing at your earlobes. In each place, push and move your fingers in a circular motion. This will enhance circulation and reduce stress gradually.
Using cold compresses
This is a fantastic homemade dish. Applying a cool washcloth to the forehead can help blood vessels constrict, particularly if the problem is in the temples or sinuses. If it becomes too hot, moisten it and reapply it to the painful spot.
Take a walk outside
When we have a headache, we may not feel like doing anything; yet, changing our environment, going outside, and getting some fresh air can be fantastic allies when one of these episodes begins. A short walk will allow you to replenish the air that enters your body while also clearing your mind.