It is important to note that migraine headaches can cause severe pain that can be accompanied by other symptoms such as sensitivity to light, nausea, visual disturbances or auras and dizziness that occurs prior to the onset of the headache. Millions of individuals all over the globe suffer from migraines and mostly are women.
The treatment for migraine headaches often involves medications that are prescribed by the doctor, but there are measures that can be done at home to relieve the pain without using any medications. Remember that these home remedies are not meant to replace the standard treatment given by the doctor though.
The individual should practice relaxation techniques such as lying down on bed and closing his/her eyes. It is recommended to take deep breaths and concentrate on relaxing one muscle group in the body one at a time until every muscle in the body has relaxed.
Using a cold compress
With a cold compress, apply it over the forehead or any part of the head where the pain is concentrated. You can even purchase a reusable cold pack in grocery stores or pharmacies. There are also other products that are available for single-time use as well as gels that can provide a cooling sensation once applied on the skin. Take note that cold therapy works by numbing the pain and provide relief from migraine headaches. Just remember that when cold packs are used, do not leave one on the skin for more than 20 minutes at a time.
Increased fluid intake
The individual should be encouraged to drink plenty of water to properly hydrate the body as well as prevent dehydration that can cause a migraine headache. Ideally, the individual should try out decaffeinated beverages since caffeine will only worsen dehydration.
In case the individual is well-hydrated, he/she can try drinking a caffeinated beverage to restrict the blood vessels to reduce the pain. Take note that the caffeine intake must be limited since it can trigger migraines in some individuals instead of relieving the pain.
Including nutritional supplements in the diet such as magnesium, riboflavin and coenzyme Q10 as well as melatonin can help manage migraine headaches. Even though these supplements have not been proven to be beneficial in reducing migraines acutely, many individuals considered them useful in preventively managing them. A doctor should be consulted if the individual decides to use any of these supplements.
You can utilize peppermint oil by rubbing a few drops into the hands to heat it up and then apply over the forehead and the back of the neck. Even though there are no current studies that have proven the benefits of peppermint oil on migraines, many individuals who suffer from migraines reported relief when the oil is used.