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The LA Fires — Here’s What Migraine Sufferers Need to Know

The fires burning across our land are not only devastating and incredibly scary — they threatened the health of thousands of people living in Southern California.

People who are prone to migraines must stay especially vigilant during this time. According to a 2010 study published in the journal Headache, migraine sufferers are at greater risk of attacks on poor air quality days — particularly when there are wildfires nearby.

Sadly though, breathing isn’t optional for us. We must go about our daily lives.  All of us here in Southern California will breathe in this polluted air. But, if you are prone to migraine pain — please make every effort to limit your exposure. Even if the air outside or in your home looks clear, it may not be free of harmful microscopic particles, especially if the wildfires and smoke persist for weeks.

Here are some ways to avoid the poor air quality outside:

  1. Stay Indoors.  Monitor the news for updates on the fire and air quality situation, and try to stay indoors when possible.
  2. Filter Your Air.  Invest in a good filter on heating and air conditioning systems — and change it out frequently. It’s OK to keep the air conditioner running, but make sure the filter is clean, and close the fresh-air intake to prevent smoke from entering
  3. Close the Windows.  Keep windows closed when air pollution is high.
  4. Wear a Scarf or Mask Outdoors.  People in China do it to avoid the toxic air in the cities there.  Good thing scarves are in fashion for women and men.

Wildfire smoke can be especially harmful to the elderly, pregnant women, children and those with chronic heart and lung diseases. Because children breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults and their airways are still developing, they may experience more severe symptoms.

Pasadena Treatment Migraines, Headaches, TMJ/TMD

Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.

If you are ready to take a step towards being pain free, or simply want to learn more about how the minimally invasive migraine treatment called TruDenta works, contact us today to set up a FREE TruDenta consultation.