Seasonal Change and Incidence of Cluster Headache

A leading headache specialist at Montefiore Headache Center writes that the upcoming summer solstice may be also associated with an increased incidence of cluster headache for up to 1 million Americans. In about 80% of people with cluster headache, head pain lasts for up to 12 weeks each year, and occurs most frequently during seasonal changes.

Cluster headache may be accompanied by symptoms such as eye watering or swelling or nasal congestion on the side of the head experiencing pain. In contrast to the incidence of migraine, men are up to four times more likely to develop cluster headache than women. Brian Grosberg, MD, director, Montefiore Headache Center, observed “It is one of the most painful conditions a person can experience, even more incapacitating than a migraine”. Read more on cluster headache from Dr. Grosberg, including treatment recommendations, here.


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