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Why do you get sinus headaches when a hurricane is near?

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Answered 2007-08-19 21:16:03

For a long time, scientists have denied or ignored the perception in the general population that weather has a direct effect upon health and pain. For this reason, little research has been done and the popular belief that dampness affects arthritic joints or storms cause migraines has been branded "old wives' tales".

However, there is a certain logic to weather having an effect on health. In the case of hurricanes, the weather front they push before them is at an extreme of atmospheric pressure. If the individual is prone to sinus pain and pressure headaches, the rapid and extreme change in air pressure is logically likely to cause these pains to manifest themselves.

That being the case, it is impossible to avoid them when a hurricane is approaching other than by leaving the area. But in the case of hurricanes, leaving the area is generally a good idea anyway, so the problem is self-correcting.

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