Headaches are one of the most common causes of pain and missed days of work. Most people will suffer from a headache at some point in their life but luckily some common types of headaches, such as dehydration headaches, can be treated easily and avoided in the future. Isa pulsing headache a familiar feeling?
Rather than reaching straight for over-the-counter medication, you might want to consider thecause first.
One common trigger for headaches is dehydration, and it often sneaks up on people.
What Is Dehydration?
Dehydration occurs when the body loses more water than it takes in. It is more likely to occur in warmer climates, at higher altitudes, with increased physical activity, and when someone has a fever.
The initial symptoms of dehydration include thirst and minor discomfort, but can also include the following:
- Dry mouth
- Parched lips
- Dry or flushed skin
- Muscle cramps
Dehydration Headache Remedies
To treat a dehydration headache, addressing both the pain and the dehydration is the best approach to get relief.
If a person has a dehydration headache they should do the following:
1. Replace Lost Electrolytes
Along with water, electrolytes are also lost through sweat and play an essential role in water retention. Failure to replace lost electrolytes will lead to difficulty in rehydrating. Add some electrolyte powder to your water for fast electrolyte replenishment.
2. Drink Water
Reports suggest that most dehydration headaches are relieved within three hours of drinking a glass or two of water. Drinking too fast can sometimes cause vomiting, so take slow sips or suck on a few ice cubes.
3. Cold Compress
A gel ice pack is generally the most comfortable option. You can usually buy these ice packs with a cover that straps around your forehead. You can also easily make your own.
In addition, be sure to stay in a cool environment and rest, so that your body is able to rehydrate without sweating. If the dehydration is severe, you cannot keep fluids down, or if your headache doesn’t subside, go to a hospital so you can be placed under the care of a doctor. In these instances, you will likely receive fluids through the vein(called intravenous fluids) to rehydrate quickly.
Avoiding Dehydration Headaches
The key to avoiding a dehydration headache is by staying hydrated.
You can also help maintain an adequate fluid intake by eating foods that are naturally high in water content, such as vegetables and fruits.
Tips for Staying Hydrated
- Set a jug or pitcher aside each day with what you will drink that day (i.e. a full, gallon jug). Keep it near you at home/work. Make sure half is consumed by lunch time.
- Drink a full glass of water as soon as you get up in the morning and before you have your customary drink (i.e. tea, decaffeinated coffee).
- Make the water more tasty and interesting by adding strawberries, cucumber slices, ginger or mint leaves in the pitcher.
- Try one of several smartphone apps that will remind you to drink and track your intake.
- When you feel a migraine attack coming on, set a timer for every 30 minutes and chug 4ounces of water until you hit your goal.
The pain caused by a dehydration headache is just one of the ways your body communicates to you that something is wrong. It is a symptom of a much bigger problem that your body needs you to take action in order to resolve.
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