Stop a Migraine Before It Starts

5 tips to block headache pain

Cool Down
Ice can help stop the migraine from progressing. Grab a soda can, an ice pack—anything cold—and hold it against your head or around your neck. Dr. Bernstein recommends you keep portable cool gel sheets in your purse for emergencies.

Clear Your Senses
For some people, certain odors such as cigarette smoke can trigger a migraine. Sometimes getting fresh air can be enough to halt the course of your headache. If you unexpectedly ate a food (such as aged cheese) that tripped your migraine sensor, be prepared to act in case a migraine follows.

Lights Out
If bright lights trigger your migraines, retreat to a dark room and lay down if you can. If that's not possible, keep a pair of sunglasses with you at all times to help shield your eyes from light.

Most important, if you suspect a migraine is coming on, don't wait before taking action, says Dr. Bernstein. The longer you wait, the harder it is to reverse the course of a headache.

Reviewed by Vikas Garg, M.D., MSA

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