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Global warming can cause headaches. Know details

Rising cases of extreme weather conditions due to global warming can adversely affect recurring headaches among humans, believe health experts

Painful headache can also be caused due to global warming.Premium
Painful headache can also be caused due to global warming.

Headaches are not lethal every time, but their recurring episodes can cause huge discomfort and hinder our daily activities and productivity. Other than common factors like alcohol, stress, and poor sleep, now global warming has also become a major factor that can trigger headaches, found the University of Pennsylvania.

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In its latest research, scientists found that the aftermath of storms, mainly led by climate change, can lead to stress and headaches. The aftermath of such storms includes the destruction of homes, property, loss of possessions, health issues, etc. Contamination of soil, water, and air, can also lead to an increase in cases of nose and throat irritation resulting in headaches.

Experts suggest that a spike in average temperature due to climate change can impact the changing foliage and pollen in some areas. Which can increase allergy symptoms among individuals.

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According to the Environmental Protection Agency, global warming is a leading cause of extreme weather patterns, and extreme weather events, like heat waves and hurricanes. The rising frequency of these weather events can cause stress among people and trigger headaches.

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“Not only can experiencing an extreme storm itself be stressful, but the aftermath, where we have to deal with injuries, destruction to our homes or other property, and the loss of our possessions can add to that stress," said Marilyn Howarth, an adjunct associate professor of pharmacology at the Perelman School of Medicine and director of the Community Outreach and Engagement Core with the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET).

The stress can cause people who are already susceptible to headaches to experience it more frequently, said the professor. Other than this, the rising contamination of soil, air, and water and its exposure to humans can also cause headaches in some individuals. Regions prone to wildfires can experience a deterioration in air quality that will affect their health.

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Published: 25 May 2023, 03:48 PM IST
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