Migraines are common in both children and adults and are estimated to affect up to 10% of the population in the UK.
Migraines are characteristically described as headaches, but may not always start as a headache. Migraines can often be preceded by an aura, although not present in all who suffer from migraines. These auras can be visual or an altered sensation. These are then followed by headaches, which can often be one-sided. Other accompanying symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, light or sound sensitivities.
Migraines can have triggers; this can be in the form of food and drink, lack of sleep and stresses amongst other things.
Managing acute migraines can be difficult – some ways of managing migraines can be to ensure you are adequately hydrated, taking pain relief such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, and ensuring you are resting well. There are a few migraine-specific medications available over the counter such as sumatriptan.
Dr Thanusha Ananthakumar “TOP TIP: For acute treatment of migraines you can try aspirin + anti-sickness tablet + sugary carbonated drink”