A migraine can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on just one side of the head. While many will take medicine to relieve it, Dr Vincent Karuhanga of Poly Clinic advises on some home remedies to deal with it:
• Avoid glittering light. But when you cannot totally avoid it, put on shades to reduce its intensity.
• Avoid loud sounds. These only aggravate the pain.
• Get a sleep routine. Get into the habit of sleeping and waking up at the same time every day. Even on weekends, keep the routine lest you bring on an onslaught of the headache.
• Take lots of water. When you are dehydrated, you are likely to get a migraine or intensify an existing one.
• Limit alcohol. Alcohol can create a powerful headache. When the body consumes alcohol, you need a lot of water in order to help process it. To avoid that, drink less of it, and even when you do, take lots of water.
• Warm and cold compress. To deal with throbbing pain, an alternating warm and cold compress will help. It will also lower the temperature that comes with the migraine.
• Lie down in a dark and quiet room. With noise and bright colours worsening the headache, find a spot away from all the action and lie down with your head elevated. This will ease the pain.
• Avoid some foods. Many foods and beverages are known to trigger migraines, such as foods with nitrates such as deli meats, bacon, and sausage, chocolate, very cold foods, for example, ice cream, dried fruits, processed foods, and cultured dairy products such as buttermilk, sour cream, and yoghurt.
So, try to stay away from those that trigger your migraine.