Six Tips for Showering During a Migraine Attack
During prodrome and the pain phase of a migraine, I avoid showering because it wears me out and ratchets up the pain. Combine a couple (or more) days of not showering with the migraine symptom of night sweats, and I feel disgusting. Luckily, my plentiful experience, which has left collapsed on the shower floor innumerable times, has taught me some excellent strategies for getting clean when I've reached my limit of grime.
- Only make the water as hot as you need to be comfortable. Too hot and it will make your head pound (unless you're one of those lucky people whose migraines are relieved by hot water). Too cold and your muscles will tense up, potentially worsening the attack.
- Try a Navy shower. Turn the water off after you get wet, soap up, then turn the water back on to rinse off. Not ideal in the winter, but this works great in summer.
- Spend less time under the water by using soap only on the stinky bits. Water is enough to clean all but your underarms, feet and genitals. (Do a search for it if you don't believe me. Some people don't use soap at all.) An added bonus is that your skin won't be as dry if you don't soap it, so you might be able to skip the energy-intensive step of lotion.
- A cool rinse at the end of your shower can help revive you. Just not so cold that your muscles rebel.
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