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I've been getting severe headaches from the air conditioner blowing on me. Is this common?

By July 14, 2014 - 4:55pm
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While I'm at work all day the air conditioner vent blows directly on me and causes bad headaches and migraines. No one else in the office seems to be bothered. And I don't experience headaches during the months that the AC isn't running as much. Is this unusual? Should I see the doctor?

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I too suffer from headaches mostly during the summer months. The refrigerated air dry's my sinuses out which clogs me up. This air does not allow my sinuses to drain naturally. The cold air takes the humidity out of the area or space. It creates headaches during the night interrupting my sleep. I am forced to place hot damp compresses on my face to help wake up my sinus passages and breathing in the dampness softens the dry mucus which is backing up in my head. Once I do this for 10 to 15 minutes heating the compress in the microwave it makes my nose, eyes and mouth run and also causes me to sneeze. After about 30 minutes of this routine the headache pain is diminished. I hope this helps. It works for me.

July 7, 2017 - 10:28am

Hello John,

There are several probable correlations between the air conditioner and your headaches.

1) The cold causes blood vessels to contract.
2) dehydration from the dry air
3) The air conditioner may be circulating stale air, chemicals, or other allergens from a ventilation system that hasn't been cleaned out properly.
4) The noise the air conditioner is producing may be sending out a frequency you are unable to handle.
5)The intense temperature extremes can trigger a migraine. Inside at work, you experience a cool temperature around 60 degrees and then you drive home in your car that has been baking in the sun all day. The sudden shock can be enough to cause a migraine.

If the pain becomes unbearable and negatively impacts your work performance, consider talking with your doctor.

Hope this helps,

July 16, 2014 - 1:39pm
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