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I get bad headaches when I bushhog. What can I do? #7929878 08/10/20 12:40 PM
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When I bushhog my right of ways and fence rows in Harrison County I get bad headaches. I don't know if I'm allergic to something or if it's the dust or heat or what. I do constantly drink water.

Does anyone have this problem?

What are some ways to prevent this maybe while on the tractor?

Re: I get bad headaches when I bushhog. What can I do? [Re: LanceH] #7929883 08/10/20 12:45 PM
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I assume you're already wearing some type of filtering mask.


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Re: I get bad headaches when I bushhog. What can I do? [Re: LanceH] #7929884 08/10/20 12:46 PM
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I guess you do not have a closed in cab with a/c? Hate to suggest it but where some kind of mask to and take Benadryl.


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Re: I get bad headaches when I bushhog. What can I do? [Re: LanceH] #7929886 08/10/20 12:47 PM
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Put those Mio electrolyte drops in your water. Make sure the dang exhaust is tight and venting away from your seat.
Go at dawn and quit at 10am. Cooling/wet cloth arond the back of your neck and shoulders.

That's all I can think of. Used to suffer from bad and numerous migraines, but I either grew out of it or the low-dose BP meds help. I still have to watch out for over heating though.


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Originally Posted by LanceH
When I bushhog my right of ways and fence rows in Harrison County I get bad headaches. I don't know if I'm allergic to something or if it's the dust or heat or what. I do constantly drink water.

Does anyone have this problem?

What are some ways to prevent this maybe while on the tractor?

Originally Posted by Texas Dan
I assume you're already wearing some type of filtering mask.

Originally Posted by Stub
I guess you do not have a closed in cab with a/c? Hate to suggest it but where some kind of mask to and take Benadryl.


I do not wear a mask. What type of mask should I wear?

Medium Kubota. No cab. Benadryl I will try also along wit the mask.

Re: I get bad headaches when I bushhog. What can I do? [Re: LanceH] #7929926 08/10/20 01:31 PM
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Stay hydrated. Use ear plugs. Keep it between dawn and 10 am. Wear a big floppy hat to protect your head from the sun.


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Re: I get bad headaches when I bushhog. What can I do? [Re: LanceH] #7929934 08/10/20 01:38 PM
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The bright sunlight is what gives me migraines. Good sunglasses and a hat helps tremendously. As mentioned above, mask (even a buff-type) and hydration are very important.

Re: I get bad headaches when I bushhog. What can I do? [Re: LanceH] #7929941 08/10/20 01:41 PM
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I do a lot of yard work, these are what I wear. You'd be surprised how dirty one looks after just an hour or two. These are out right now but I bet you can find something similar.

https://www.amazon.com/Safety-Works-10028560-Pollen-50-Pack/dp/B001OSR3BG


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Re: I get bad headaches when I bushhog. What can I do? [Re: LanceH] #7929958 08/10/20 01:57 PM
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Also, wear hearing protection.


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Re: I get bad headaches when I bushhog. What can I do? [Re: LanceH] #7929973 08/10/20 02:08 PM
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You're having sinus headaches I would guess. Happens to me and I am in a cabbed tractor.

Take a Tylenol severe sinus pill before starting and once you get done, and Ragweed is out heavy right now too.
A dust mask would probably help as well, or just wear one of those buffs.


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agree with wearing a mask. I have spent tens thousands of hours on an open tractor shredding and plowing without any form of mask in years past (50+). Likewise, mowing around our 5 acres with a lawn mower. I usually don't have allergies other than Nov. thru Feb. with juniper (cedar, various varieties) ... but all the stuff you stir up with a mower/shredder including dust can be really heavy. I finally got some of those stretchable throat coat type masks made out of a lightweight fabric that is good at wicking moisture to keep you cool that I dampen and pull up over my nose to help filter some of the stuff the tractor/mower stirs up. It really helps and when I take it off to see how much stuff washes out, I was amazed at all that going into my nose/lungs for the past 50+ years.

I also use Zyrtec during Nov. thru Feb. for my cedar allergies, which they have a 12 hour and 24 hour tablet that really helps for my allergies.


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Originally Posted by QuitShootinYoungBucks
I do a lot of yard work, these are what I wear. You'd be surprised how dirty one looks after just an hour or two. These are out right now but I bet you can find something similar.

https://www.amazon.com/Safety-Works-10028560-Pollen-50-Pack/dp/B001OSR3BG



I clicked the link and you bet, they were all out of stock.

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Hire some kid to do it for you.

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Originally Posted by Double Naught Spy
Also, wear hearing protection.



This, get good 3M or Peltor. I like the 3M with radio and bluetooth. I am on an open tractor a lot, plus mowers, weedeaters, etc.... I use them religiously and it makes a world of difference.

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Also, wear hearing protection.



This, get good 3M or Peltor. I like the 3M with radio and bluetooth. I am on an open tractor a lot, plus mowers, weedeaters, etc.... I use them religiously and it makes a world of difference.



Also, most people look behind them the same direction, putting stress on neck. Make yourself look over both shoulders equally

Re: I get bad headaches when I bushhog. What can I do? [Re: LanceH] #7930114 08/10/20 03:43 PM
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I use a neck gaiter while shredding to filter out the dust and crap. Noise canceling AirPods help too.

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I would wear eye protection, some type of dust mask, hearing protection and then take an allergy type medication before you start. I get just as much dust and pollen in my eyes as I breath it at times. Worst for me are broomweeds and a few grasses at times. A canopy type shade cover goes a long ways also in helping in the heat. Check the air filter on your tractor to see how much dust and pollen you are stirring up after each use.


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Is it at the end of the day when the headache sets in? That is a dehydration headache.


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I have a similar problem only with breathing. The mowing dust makes my breathing passages stop up.....BAD. Simple solution for me....mow when it is wet or a heavy dew or mow when the wind is blowing dust away from you. Better yet.... get your wife to do it.

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Originally Posted by don k
Hire some kid to do it for you.

Or try wearing sunglasses, a good respirator, a good sun hat.


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Originally Posted by don k
Hire some kid to do it for you.

spot on

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I head hurt last year when I was brush hogging at my deer lease.........................dang pine treen branch hit me in the head.


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Originally Posted by Old Shakie
Better yet.... get your wife to do it.
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