AH prevention: Top Tips
There are no standardised approaches to the treatment or prevention of AH. But, there are some proactive steps you can take to help yourself. Here are some top tips to help reduce the chances of developing a migraine on your next flight:
Pre-Book your Seat
Anticipate your needs when booking your flight ticket and choose to pre-book your seat. Know your comfort zone and be pro-active. Perhaps you'd prefer to be next to the window, so that you can close the shade and reduce the light; or perhaps you prefer the aisle seat, so that you have easier access to the restrooms.
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Consider Upgrading your Ticket Class
This will be incredibly important if you are travelling on a long-haul or transatlantic flight. If you are going to be in the air for a while, you want to be comfortable. Many airlines offer a premium economy ticket as an upgrade on economy, offering more personal space and extra facilities such as amenity kits and/or comfort kits, containing everything from blankets to cushions, as well as more comfortable seating with leg-rests and/or headrests.
Top Tip: For more information, check out our guides: Airlines with the biggest seats in Economy, and Premium Economy, is it worth it? If you are really prone to AH, perhaps even consider flying Business, and reduce the stress of flying as much as possible.
Anti-inflammatory medications have all been found helpful to reduce the symptoms of headaches. However, many AH sufferers do not regularly have headaches, so might not carry headache medication. Before travelling, don’t forget your medication just in case, and remember to include the medicine in your carry-on luggage, as you may require it during your flight!
Top Tip: For more information, check out our guide: Flying with Medication.
Consider you Physical and Mental Wellbeing on a Plane
We've put together a comprehensive guide which offer information and advice about wellness during flights, including helping to relieve common problems such as flying anxiety, jet-lag, ear pain and back pain while flying. Check out our guide here.
Drink LOTS of water. It's easy not to stay hydrated when flying, especially when you're too busy getting to and around the airport and have to leave your water behind when passing through security. And it's never nice to disturb fellow passengers to visit the bathroom during the flight. However, the pressurised cabin can make dehydration worse, so always have your water with you and keep drinking. Remember, tea and coffee can make dehydration worse, so drink in moderation alongside your water!
Avoid Potential Risks
If you are susceptible to AH, it might be that you are also sensitive to a range of factors that can trigger a headache. This could be flickering lights, bright lights, loud noises, or extreme temperature changes. Therefore, do your best to avoid potential triggers. This might include packing sunglasses, sleeping masks, and earplugs into your carry-on.