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Do you know that ice hats can sooth a vicious migraine? Using ice hats for migraines isn’t anything new, it been used for well over 150 years. (Source: Healthline) There’s just something so soothing about a cold gentle ice hat when you’re in the middle of a migraine. It can often ease the pain some (or a lot, depending on the person) and take your mind off the extreme nature of migraines. Although it isn’t always the answer for everyone, I’ve found that most of the migraine sufferers I know do use ice for their pain.
In this article you’ll learn the benefits of using ice, why to use ice, what ice packs are Nell approved, even which one I didn’t like and sent back, all in hopes it helps you find some sort of relief during the horrible pain of a migraine.
Ice Hats for Migraines
Brief overview of ice hats
- Ice hats are convenient forms of cooling relief of migraine pain or headaches.
- Ice hats are easy to use
- Ice hats come in a wide variety so that most everyone can find one they like
- They’re portable, you can pop them on and go about your day.
- You can sleep with them
- I’ve never found an ice hat to be dangerous, they’re seemingly safe to use
- They take your mind off the pain when wearing them
- Many last for at least a couple hours
- They aren’t too expensive so you should have more than one to swap around when one gets warm
- They can ease the pain, or even remove it, depending on how bad your headache or migraine is
Types of ice hats
- Wearable hats
- Hats you place on your head or pain area but aren’t attached to your head
- Hats that cover your head and eyes
- Hats that only cover the head
- Hats that have an easier cooling effect on the head, and hats with a stronger cold feeling
My favorite ice hats for headaches
I’ve had migraine for over a decade. My migraine story starts with the onset of Lyme disease. Ever since contracting that disease via a tick bite I’ve had the additional battle of migraine as well. In the 12 years or so with migraine I’ve learned a lot about what works for me and what doesn’t work for me. And what works for me may not work for you. We’re all individuals and that’s how chronic illness works. It’s my goal that these recommendations help you.
Favorite Ice Hat for Sleeping or Resting During Migraine
My favorite ice pack to sleep with, or even just to lay down with, is the releaf pack. It’s the perfect mix of cold, the perfect weight, it really feels like a cold hug for my head.
ICE HAT FOR SLEEPING
This is my go-to when my migraine is so awful that I literally can only lay down, with my eyes closed, and the releaf pack over my eyes and over my head. I often end up falling asleep with it, which is a testament to how good it is at easing my pain.
They’re a small business and I appreciate that as well. I enjoy supporting small.
You can find more info about the Releaf Packs here.
Favorite Ice Hat for When I’m On The Go
The Headache Hat Go I purchased from Amazon is my favorite hat for when I’m multitasking with migraine. When I need to run up to the school and pick my sons up, when I need to jump online and work for a bit, when I have errands to run that can’t wait, or anything that requires me to live and work with a migraine.
MY FAVORITE ICE HAT FOR FUNCTIONING THROUGH MIGRAINE
I have used other ice hats that have a similar function but this brand is my favorite. It fits my head well, it’s still relatively soft material. The ice is strong, which I need. I know some people need a softer ice, don’t worry I have a solution for you down below. This hats cooling effect also lasts me roughly 2 hours before running out of cold and requiring me to switch out to another one.
You can find more about Headache Hat Go here.
Favorite Ice Hat for all over relief
The Soothie Hoodie is one of the best ice hats I’ve used for all over relief. This includes top of head, front of head, base of head, and even the face! And it can also be used warmed up in the microwave if you prefer heat instead of ice.
It typically holds its cold for at least an hour and provides the best long-lasting cooling effect without being jarring to the skin. Some ice hats do actually make my migraine hurt worse until my skin gets used to the cold. Not the Soothie Hoodie – it feels great right away.
You can find out more about the Soothie Hoodie here.
Gentle ice hat for migraines
Do you need a gentler ice hat, something that isn’t like a bunch of extremely cold ice cubes on the head? I found that the Halo by Koldtec was an easier ice hat and though it didn’t work for my needs (I need a strong bunch of cubes on the head feeling), it would be great for people who need a softer cold on the head. A lot of people rave about it!
Koldtec now has a new product that I’ve not yet tried called the headache hattie. It looks very interesting, something that can be all over the head or pulled down over your eyes/upper face, too. I can’t give my personal experience with it as I’ve not tried it out but it is something you could look into.
Ice hat that didn’t work for me
Icekap Migraine Cap
I purchased this cap back in 2019 and I believe it was the first one I purchased. It was far too heavy for my head so that it actually made my migraine worse, not better. They say it holds the cold for 3 hours, so if you’re looking for an extremely cold solution it may work for you but for me the weight outweighed (see what I did there?) the good of the cold. I actually sent it back because it was quite expensive. I love the idea of it and wished it would have worked out.
If you’re intrigued and want more info on it, I’d check it out on Amazon and read some of the reviews. It does have many great reviews. Just goes to show that what works for one may not for another and vise versa.
Wrapping up about Ice Hats for Migraines
Ice is a great source for controlling the pain associated with migraine or severe headaches. It can be a good tool in your migraine toolbox. There are many options and you’re likely to find the best for you.
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