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Q: What is the best way to care for someone who is suffering from a migraine?

Posted October 01, 2014 in Advice Column, Ames

A: There are several ways to make someone who is suffering from a migraine headache more comfortable.
• The area needs to be dimly lit with incandescent lighting. Fluorescent lighting has been known to increase discomfort.
• Keep the room peaceful and quiet — no noise from television or radio.
• Very soft, gentle sounds of nature such as water in a brook or the rain can be soothing.
• If allergies are not an issue, the companionship of a pet — such as a cat — can be a comfort during this time.
• Soft and muted colors in the sleeping and resting area are calming.
• Request that no one wear cologne or perfume. Hairspray and body spray can also cause nausea during a migraine.
• Greetings and conversation need to be conducted in a soft and gentle tone. Always speak with understanding and respect.
• Assuring the one who suffers that he or she is not alone and you care can help with feelings of despair and isolation.

Information provided by Joan Ingwersen, owner, At-Home Care Company LLC, 113 Colorado Ave., Ames, 515-292-2650.

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