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Navigating Migraines Attacks During Change of Seasons

We hear a lot about transitions and triggering these days. Here, we will be discussing those terms in relation to navigating migraine attacks during change of seasons. Many of those who suffer from migraines are triggered by the changing weather and especially changes in the atmosphere or barometric pressure. As we transition from one season to another, let’s dive into what you should know.

How the Barometric Pressure Triggers Migraines

No matter where you call home, as the seasons change, we live through multiple fluctuations in the atmospheric pressure. When the pressure drops, it creates a difference between the pressure in the outside air and the air in our sinuses. This causes pain and can trigger a migraine headache. Even a small decrease or increase can trigger a painful migraine headache.

Man with a headache.

Pay close attention to upcoming weather changes and changes in the barometric pressure. If you keep a headache diary, be sure to communicate these effects with Right Choice Urgent Care.

Common Weather-Related Migraine Triggers

There isn’t much you can do to control the weather, but you can stay ahead of common triggers. The weather and transitions between seasons can influence migraine symptoms.

They include the following:

  • Bright sunlight
  • Extreme heat or cold
  • Humidity or dry air
  • Windy stormy weather
  • Changes in barometric pressure

Seasonal Changes and Migraine Triggers

Not only will the barometric pressure affect migraines, but so will changing temperatures.


This time of year we deal with dry air, cold winds, and snowstorms. It is easy to become dehydrated during this time, so drink plenty of water to prevent a migraine. Purchasing a humidifier is a great choice.


During this season there is plenty of sun and rain causing multiple fluctuations in the atmospheric pressure. Allergens are everywhere causing symptoms like sneezing, running nose, teary eyes, and inflammation.

It is recommended that you take allergy meds during this time to mitigate any early triggers. Ask Right Choice Urgent Care for a prescription if over-the-counter meds don’t help.


Humidity and warm air abound during summertime. Avoid dehydration by drinking lots of water on hot days. Sleep patterns may change due to longer days which can be a trigger along with the let down headache some get as they begin to relax more or go on vacation.  


You may love the colors of fall, but not so much the weather. Lots of temperature fluctuations, a decrease in humidity, windy weather, and shorter days all cause inconsistent sleep patterns and can trigger migraine attacks.  

Prevent Instead of Treat

Once you know your personal triggers, you can begin to prevent instead of always treating.

Keeping a diary, staying indoors during cold and windy days, and taking medications at the first sign of a headache will all help you to navigate migraine attacks. 

In addition, make healthy eating choices, get regular exercise, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and practice relaxation to reduce stress. 

Contact Right Choice Urgent Care at (281)944-7900 for an appointment in Cypress, TX if you concerns about the changing weather affecting your migraine attacks.

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