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Here’s how to battle the bad weather ups your risk of a migraine or heart attack

 

Rising temperatures and soaring humidity don’t affect your wardrobe alone. Experts say sudden temperatures changes, cold snaps, heat waves, and even thunderstorms can have all a direct effect on certain health conditions. We tell you why it happened and why it happens and what you can do about it.

IF YOU SUFFER FROM MIGRAINE:- A change in weather is one of the many triggers some some migraine sufferers can bring on attacks. Migraine risk was found to the 7.5 percent for every 5 C increase.

SLASH YOUR RISK:- You can’t do much about the weather. but you can reduce your chances of an attack. Triggers vary but most people have more than one, so avoid those you can. Common ones include caffeine, wine, stress or relief from stress, skipping meals, dehydration, too little sleep or lie-ins. Stop drinking caffeine, and eat, drink, and sleep regularly. Take your migraine medication as soon as the pain starts but avoid painkillers more than one day a week as these can cause rebound headaches.

IF YOU SUFFER FROM CVD:- Cold increases heart attack risk and the drop needn’t be drastic. A fall of 1 C at any time of year is associated with 200 extra heart attacks over the following 28 days. When you go into the cold, blood vessels go into the cold, blood vessels constrict, forcing water to have circulation. Blood thickens, and is more likely to clot, upping the risk of heart attack. However, heart attacks are more likely to occur when temperatures suddenly soar. “In hot weather, you lose water through sweat. This means there’s less water in your blood, so it’s more concentrated and likely to clot.

SLASH YOUR RISK:- Being prepared is more important than actual temperature. Dress in layers so you can adjust to changes. Drink plenty of fluids when it’s hot to avoid dehydration, and when it’s cold, keep active.

IF YOU SUFFER FROM ECZEMA:- The sun’s warmth feels great but if you have eczema, there’s a downside. As temperatures rise, itching carried by this dry, flaky skin condition can get worse. The skin is an important part of our temperature-control mechanism but this function doesn’t work as well if you have eczema, so you tend to get hot more quickly. SLASH YOUR RISK:- Keep your temperature as stable as possible. Make sure your house is well ventilated. Don’t overdo the air-conditioning — choose cotton sheets and cotton clothes. It’s also important to use medical moisturisers — emollents — at least twice a day.

IF YOU SUFFER FROM JOINT PAIN:- A dip in temperature brings on aches and joints. One theory in that lower pressure allows an inflamed joint to swell more, stimulating nerve fibers. The other opinion is that people may experience increased pain in bad weather as they tend to be less active, which can cause joints to stiffen. When the weather is cold and damp, studies show a lot of the population in low on vitamin D, which can also cause achy joints.

SLASH YOUR RISK:- Be active everyday. Regular moderation exercise stimulates muscles, bones and the cartilage around the joints, keeping them mobile and healthy. Seek your doctor’s advice on type and amount. Make sure you get enough vitamin D through sunlight and supplements.

 

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