Environmental Factors That Trigger Migraines

Environmental Factors That Trigger Migraines

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Migraines are defined as a neurological disorder with severely debilitating neurological symptoms. They manifest as a headache with intense recurring pain on one side of the head, and can leave the sufferer feeling incapable of performing normal routine tasks.

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraines are the third most prevalent illness in the world. If you’re someone who suffers from migraines, knowing how to effectively manage the onset triggers in your environment can be of benefit to you.

Changes In The Weather

As a migraine sufferer, you might find that your migraine symptoms are exacerbated by changes in the weather. Weather changes trigger biological changes in your body’s chemical balance, leaving you more susceptible to a migraine.

You might notice the beginnings of a weather-induced migraine headache when the following weather related triggers are present in your environment:

  • Intense cold or heat
  • High levels of humidity
  • Changes in the barometric pressure
  • Dry or dusty weather
  • Stormy weather
  • Strong winds
  • Bright sunlight

If any of the aforementioned triggers are present in your environment, make sure you take the necessary precautions to dodge migraine headaches effectively.

Intense Odors And Smells

If you suffer from migraine headaches frequently, you might find that your headache is being triggered when you’re exposed to certain types of fumes and vapors. This happens because many migraine sufferers are known to experience osmophobia—defined as an increased sensitivity to smells.

Thus, the following strong and distinct smells in the environment can easily induce the uncomfortable symptoms of a migraine headache:

  • Cigarette smoke
  • Strong perfumes
  • Chemical odors
  • Exhaust fumes from vehicles
  • Different types of cleaning products
  • Nail polish

To effectively manage your lifestyle with a migraine, make sure you take a note of which types of fumes and vapors induce your migraine headache. This will help you avoid them, so that you don’t have to undergo the uncomfortable symptoms.

Different Light Sources

Do you feel like your migraine headache is being triggered when you’re exposed to bright lights? Then you’re not alone. Many migraine sufferers notice that the pain is amplified when exposed to different light sources. This heightened sensitivity has a name in the medical field—photophobia.

This means that if any of the following light sources are present in your environment you can begin to feel the discomforting symptoms of a migraine headache:

  • Sunlight
  • Indoor lightning
  • TV Screen
  • Laptop/Monitor screen
  • Smartphone screens
  • Bright white lights

If you deal with migraine headaches on a daily basis, you don’t have to suffer in silence anymore. Divergent Health, provides chronic pain management services in Calgary, so that you’re able to live a healthy and pain-free life.

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