It may not feel like it in some spots across the country, but the calendar says we are in spring’s full swing! And for those of you with migraines in Houston, (where spring feels like the dog days of summer already) or Fargo (don’t pack away the down puffy parka yet) you need to think about some drug free migraine tips for spring cleaning without the headache.
For people who are sensitive to common household allergens, and who suffer with migraines, a little prevention might go a long way in helping manage both conditions.
In a study published in the journal Cephalalgia, researchers found that people with migraines and rhinitis (inflammation of nasal passageways associated with allergies) experienced more frequent and worse headaches than individuals with migraine alone.
A migraine procedure is certainly an excellent long-lasting treatment if an allergy sufferer also battles chronic migraine. But it can’t hurt to take some simple drug free migraine preventative measures when cleaning house this spring to avoid triggering the allergies while managing migraines in Houston or Fargo. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology recommends the following:
- Bedding – wash linens weekly in hot water and use synthetic filled pillows and comforters rather than down and feather varieties.
- De-clutter – remove unnecessary collectibles from tabletops. Throw out old newspapers, magazines and read mail. Children’s stuffed animals should be stored in plastic bins, and periodically laundered.
- Window treatments – wash curtains and shades. Avoid horizontal blinds, as they tend to accumulate dust build-up.
- Air – during pollen and high allergen season rely on air conditioning and keep those windows shut.
- Clean Bathrooms – cleaning mildew and eliminating excess moisture with fans and prompt wipe-downs will prevent mold build-up.
- Clean Kitchen – always use the fan when cooking to avoid odors from building up. Stay on top of moisture to prevent mold build up around the sink and inside the refrigerator. Empty the trash daily and clean up all food residue to prevent attracting allergy-triggering pests.
- Floors – get rid of unnecessary carpeting. Every week use a HEPA filter vacuum to clean the carpets.
- Pets – Let them stay outside when possible. Have them bathed frequently during airborne allergen season.
- Stay Cool – keep your home cool and free of moisture. Be sure to change the air filters on your air conditioners and central air systems.
The findings came from a collaborative effort between scientists at the University of Cincinnati and the Albert Einstein School of Medicine at Yeshiva University. In an article on the University of Cincinnati website, one of the researchers said, “The nose has largely been ignored as an important site involved in the initiation and exacerbation of migraine headache.
If rhinitis exacerbates migraine, as these results suggest, treating rhinitis may provide an important approach to relieving headache in people with both disorders.” Spring-cleaning doesn’t guarantee a drug free migraine treatment, but as this latest research suggests, preventing allergic rhinitis could help prevent triggering headaches and migraines in Houston and elswhere.