Are you seeing twinkling stars, flashing lights or zigzag lines? That’s what’s referred to as migraine aura and, just like what the name suggests, it’s something that usually precedes a migraine attack.
In this article, we will focus not on the cause of migraine aura, but ways to treat it as well as keep it from striking. So if you have many family members and friends who complain about migraine every now and then, see to it that you repost this article later on before you go so that they, too, may be able to read the pieces of information found below.
But before we talk about migraine aura treatment and prevention, it’s important to note that the presence of migraine aura does not necessarily mean that you will wind up experiencing a nausea-inducing migraine headache.
Actually, there are some people who do not end up with migraine attacks after encountering migraine aura. Similarly, there are also those who experience migraine attacks without experiencing migraine aura beforehand. So it goes without saying that the issue is in fact a case-to-case basis.
Being bothered by migraine aura once in a while because it disrupts your TV viewing, internet surfing, document typing or driving? Read on — below you will come across treatments for it as well as how to keep it from coming into being.
- As soon as migraine aura makes its presence known, give your eyes a break. So in other words, stop whatever it is that you are doing. Resting your eyes is something that you should do most especially if you’re in the middle of driving or using a machine in order to keep yourself as well as others around from being in danger.
- If possible, step foot inside a darkened room. That’s because bright lights can hurt your eyes and even make your migraine attack worse. It’s a good idea for you to steer clear of bright lights until such time that your migraine aura is no longer around.
- Use cold or warm compress. A lot of people who encounter migraine aura on a regular basis swear by placing cold compress on their foreheads and over their eyes. Some say that a warm compress works so much better for them. It’s completely up to you to figure out if it’s a cold or warm compress that can help ease your migraine aura.
- Brew yourself a cup of ginger tea and consume. We all know that ginger tea is an excellent home remedy for a wide variety of digestive issues, ranging from nausea, acid reflux to diarrhea. Did you know that it’s also effective for dealing with migraine aura (and migraine itself) because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties?
- Drink a glass of water. In some instances, there is really no need for you to go to great lengths just to be able to produce a cup of ginger tea. Sometimes all you have to do is drink some water in order to restore proper hydration levels and fend off that migraine aura.
- Take a whiff of essential oils. It’s important to avoid feeling anxious the moment that migraine aura comes into being. Otherwise, it may worsen and lead to a full-blow migraine attack. That is why reaching for a small bottle of jasmine or lavender essential oil and taking a whiff of it as you perform slow breathing is a great idea.
- Keep your body hydrated. It was mentioned earlier that you can fend off your migraine aura by drinking water. Well, an effective way to keep migraine aura and migraine itself from ruining your day is by keeping your body properly hydrated by consuming about 2 liters of water per day.
- Reduce stress levels. Are you leading a very stressful life? Then don’t be surprised why it seems like you are encountering migraine aura very often. So many people suffer from migraine headaches due to excessive stress, and that’s why keeping one’s stress levels to a minimum is highly recommended to prevent not only migraine aura but also migraine attacks.
- Mind what you eat. Health authorities confirm that certain foods can in fact trigger migraine headaches. Consider steering clear of chocolate, processed foods, red wine (and other types of alcohol), and caffeinated beverages if it seems like these are the culprits behind your migraine aura and migraine headache.
- Eat foods rich in magnesium and B vitamins. There are foods to avoid and then there are also foods to have more of. In order to keep migraine aura from bugging you, make sure that you consume sufficient amounts of food sources of magnesium (bananas, avocados, nuts, seeds and green leafy vegetables) and B vitamins (whole grains, eggs, red meat, fish, dairy products and citrus fruits).
- Minimize stimulus. It’s no secret among frequent migraine sufferers that such type of headache can be triggered by certain external stimulus. This is why you should refrain from looking at bright lights, listening to loud music, being exposed to noises, and coming into contact with strong or irritating smells.