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Fragrance Migraine Triggers

There are almost a limitless number of possible triggers for migraine attacks. One of the most mysterious, and hardest to control, are fragrance triggers.Yet fragrant items and products are one of the most common triggers for migraines. 

While fragrances can be quite beautiful, they're not always that for the migraine sufferer. Sometimes it's impossible for them to escape he aromas of colognes, perfumes and other products that might trigger an attack. Making it even worse:  More and more, these fragrances attack you even at the workplace, restaurants and waiting rooms. In fact, these fragrances seem to have crept into just about every business and industry that you might possibly enter. 

Colognes and perfumes normally contain synthetic forms of fragrant chemicals that you find in nature.And even though the source is different, the result is normally the same. A person's olfactory system can be likened to a busy highway, with aromas traveling throughout the nervous system, to and from the brain.

A migraine headache results from a change in the person's blood flow within the vessels going to the brain. Substances found often in fragrances often have the ability to alter the flow of the blood in the brain. In fact, some studies have suggested that fragrances might have a direct impact on the cerebral circulation, plus neurological effects as well. There is even a possible effect on the person's central nervous system.

What, then, are the fragrances which might adversely affect your migraine condition?  Here are a few:

  • Scened antiperspirants or deodorants
  • Scented tan cream, sunscreen, scented lotions for hands, face or body (Remember, even if it's not labeled scented, it might have a fragrance that could affect you.)
  • Aftershave and some shaving lotions, especially if richly scented
  • Liquid or bar soaps that have been fragrance-enhanced. These include Ivory, Dove, Dial and Soft Soap.
  • Commercially fragrant conditioners, shampoos, gels, hairsprays, and mousses.
  • Various hair products
  • Any cologne, perfume or fragrance
  • Essential oils
  • Aromatherapy products
  • Laundry detergents with chlorine bleach, phosphates, or added scents
  • Items that have recently been dry-cleaned.
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Incense smoke, whether unlit or burned
  • Other smoke
  • Air freshener solids or sprays, scented candles, and potpourri

Anyone who suffers from migraine attacks and discovers his or her trigger is a fragrance, expect to be inconvenienced with this during your lifetime.Unfortunately, even just a short exposure to the particular fragrance is sometimes enough to trigger an attack. It can be a difficult battle staying away from a troublesome fragrance, especially with no many different ones available at stores and being worn in various public places. It's helpful to identify which fragrance triggers your attack. You can do this by noting throughout the day what strong fragrances you have detected, especially concentrating on the list above.Then if you feel a migraine coming on, consider which fragrances you've been exposed to and write it down.

This way, maybe you can avoid the fragrance.But even if not, if you know you've been exposed, you can start taking preventative measures to lessen the headache's severity, such as taking medication or resting in a dark room.

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