What Are The Common Causes Of Migraines In A Teenager?

June 15, 2024
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A migraine attack in teenagers can be a complex issue, often caused by a combination of factors. Usually, genetics play a significant role, and a family history of migraines increases the risk. Let’s take a look at this reason and others in detail.

  1. Genetic Predisposition
    Migraines are strongly driven by genes. If one of your parents has it, you are at 50% chance of inheriting the tendency. This risk factor increases to a significant 75%.
  2. Environmental Factors
    The environment plays a significant role in triggering migraine attacks in a teenager. Stress, anxiety, and depression significantly impact the brain and nervous system. Other than that, poor sleep habits, changes in sleep, and lack of regular exercise can all act as triggers.
  3. Hormonal Fluctuations
    Hormonal changes like fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone levels affect brain chemicals and pain sensitivity, leading to increased susceptibility. Boys, however, tend to experience migraines more frequently before puberty.
  4. Food and Dehydration
    Skipping meals or lack of dehydration is not good for health. Additionally, certain foods and additives can induce it too. Common ones on the list include aged cheeses and meats, chocolate, citrus fruits, etc. Identifying and avoiding these food triggers can be an effective way to manage migraines in a teenager.
  5. Colic in Infancy
    Recent research suggests a potential link between colic in babies and the development of migraines later in life.
  6. Sleep and Stress
    Teenagers live in a world where academic pressure and social anxieties are high, leading to changes in their sleep patterns. This can create an atmosphere for triggering migraines. Bad sleeping schedules, lack of quality sleep, and stress contribute to headaches.
  7. Weather Changes
    Deviations in weather are a major stimulus. Stormy weather with fluctuations, extreme heat or cold, bright sunlight, or very dry air are all common triggers. While teenagers may not be able to control all of these, you can prepare and take preventive measures to minimize the impact.

Closing Note

While we cannot fully understand some migraine triggers in teenagers, clinical trials offer a valuable solution. These studies pinpoint new triggers, test treatments, and explore how current medications work. Moreover, they have even developed preventive measures that can help the lot. By participating in clinical trials, you can contribute to scientific progress and gain early access to life-changing medicines and routes. By identifying and addressing the causative factors, teenagers can reduce the frequency and severity of their migraines and enjoy a better quality of life. If you have more questions or queries, get in touch with us at AGA Clinical Trials by dialing (786) 326-1583.

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