Meningismus is a medical condition where a person experiences irritation of meninges. This condition can be characterized with consistent headaches, dizziness, vomiting and is generally caused due to an infection like pneumonia, measles, typhoid or scarlet fever. These irritations are a result of increased intracranial pressure due to increases cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. The meningismus treatment involves treating the underlying condition along with mitigation measures to reduce intracranial pressure. Since the condition has acute headaches as a sincere symptom, some home remedies might help provide short-term relief from these headaches.
- Calm your senses with lavender and peppermint oil
Studies reveal that peppermint oil has a cooling effect on the skin and stimulates an increased skin blood flow significantly. Combined with lavender oil’s abilities as a mood stabilizer and a sedative, it can be a great remedy for a headache. Rubbing the blend of this natural oil on the forehead and temple can reduce muscle contraction and relieve you of a migraine.
- Chiropractic therapy
Chiropractic and physiotherapy are non-evasive and drug-free methods to reduce stress levels of your body and relax muscular strain. A chiropractic therapy can counter oxidative stress in a person’s body. Oxidative stress has severe effects on body cell components and thus a systematic therapeutic session can help counter this and thus release stress from the body. A chiropractor can draft a routine based on one’s symptoms and needs. If you follow the routine on regular basis and maintain a healthy lifestyle, it would not only help with your headaches but also a stress-free living.
- Herbs are natural healers
Herbs like feverfew and Butterbur have shown promising results in easing the headaches. Studies indicate the use of feverfew in certain medicines. Trials show that consumption of a certain amount of feverfew can ease the headaches and its symptoms like nausea and sensitivity to light and noise. It has been observed that consumption of feverfew doesn’t have any eminent safety concerns. The medically recommended dosage is about 100 mg of feverfew extract
Butterbur is another magical herb that can help control the effect of chemicals that trigger headaches. Studies show promising results with a recommended dosage of about 75gm of butterbur twice a day can help regulate blood flow to the brain and thus an effective headache remedy.
These herbs are available at varies medical outlets in form or tablets or capsules. Though there are hardly any known side effects of the herbs, it is advised to maintain a prescribed dosage
- Detox can help reduce tension
A detox bath can help flush out toxins from a body. Elimination of harmful content from our body can reduce headaches. The method is pretty simple yet effective. Hot water (tolerable) can bring toxins to the skin surface.
one can enhance the effects of the detox bath by adding different agents
- Adding a cup of apple cider vinegar can be an effective way to drain out uric acid from your body. It not only help with joint pain and headaches, this can soothe skin burns and kill fungus
- Oils like lavender, sandalwood or lemongrass can impart multiple health benefits. Including their soothing capabilities, these can give you smooth skin and cooling sensation.
- A cup of baking powder to your bath would kill all the bacteria leaving behind clean and soft skin.
- A hot and cold treatment
A headache can be caused by inflammation in blood vessels which in turn exert pressure on the nerves and thus the headaches. While some headaches are results of stress and anxiety which causes muscular strain and this affect the nerves. Thus choosing the treatment is the tricky part.
A cold compress treatment might help reducing the inflammation thus reducing the pressure on the nerves, while a hot treatment might make it worse. Similarly, a hot treatment might help release the strain on the muscles and ease the headache whereas a cold compress might contract and strain them further leading to adverse effects.
For a cold compress treatment, one needs an ice pack while for a hot compress a warm water towel would work. For the treatment, one must relax and maintain calm. In a dim lit environment, place the hot or cold compress on the area of strain. After the treatment, it is advised to relax and do low-stress jobs and avoid excessive anxiety.
For a patient undergoing meningismus treatment, it is important to record headache patterns and elements that trigger those migraines. It is also necessary to maintain calmness and avoid activities that can lead to muscular or neurological strain. Follow a healthy diet plan and exercise on a regular basis, this might help the muscles to relax and reduce pressure on the nerves. Most important of all is hydration. Consume food and items with good nutritional and water content.