Exercise headaches are harmless but severe, requiring doctor consultation. To prevent headaches, stay hydrated, warm up before strenuous exercise, and eat a small meal before exercise to prevent hypoglycemia, which can trigger headaches.
If the above strategies don’t work, your doctor may prescribe medications such as indomethacin or prescription-strength naproxen to help prevent exercise headaches.
What causes exercise headaches?
Primary exercise headaches are believed to be caused by strenuous exercise dilatation of blood vessels in the skull. Secondary headaches are caused by underlying issues like brain tumors or coronary artery disease. They can occur during or after strenuous activities, especially in hot and humid weather or at high altitudes. If you experience unusual symptoms, see a doctor immediately to rule out underlying conditions.
Exercise headache home remedy
Headache, sudden pain, confusion, weakness, blurry vision, nausea, vomiting, or high fever should be reported to a doctor if they recur frequently, disrupt sleep, or last over 24 hours.
How can I know if I’m dehydrated?
- Feeling thirsty
- Dark yellow, strong-smelling urine
- Peeing less often than usual
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- Feeling tired
- A dry mouth, lips, and tongue
Also, you can eat foods high in water levels like fruits and vegetables.