Changing seasons can wreak havoc on migraine sufferers

It’s estimated 12% of Americans get migraines. It’s believed air pressure plays a big role in people getting them.

“Weather is a very important factor and element when it comes to migraine occurrence, especially around seasonal changes,” explained Emad Estemalik, MD, headache specialist for Cleveland Clinic. “So as we’re going from winter, into spring, into summer, you have significant barometric pressure change.”

Barometric pressure is the measurement of air pressure in the atmosphere and changes based on temperature, altitude and moisture. As those conditions shift, like a thunderstorm, it can impact a person’s sinuses and cause a migraine.