6 everyday headache triggers

Certain things we encounter every day can spark a pounding head. Here are six surprising causes of headaches and tips on how to manage your triggers

fragrance headache

1. Perfume

Migraine sufferers have a heightened awareness to strong odours. “Migraine patients are far more sensitive to perfumes than other people who don’t have migraines,” says Dr. Christine Lay, director of the Centre of Headache at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. “They walk into the department store perfume aisle and end up with a terrible headache. We don’t understand if it’s the odour affecting the lining of the nose, but we definitely know that [strong scents] are a trigger.”

The fix: Lay recommends minimizing your exposure to strong odours. “Some perfumes you might tolerate really well while others can be awful,” she says. To find out if certain smells are headache inducing, skip all fragrances for a month. Try unscented deodorant, hair products, soap and laundry detergent, and give air fresheners in your home a miss. If your headaches lessen, or vanish, you can try reintroducing certain scents and see how well you tolerate them.

    1   ...   >>    

Related content:

Secrets to Staying Healthy & Happy

Swingers live longer’

Golf club swingers that is. According to a new study from Karolinska Institutet, a medical university in Sweden, the death rate for golfers is 40 percent lower than for other people of the same sex, age and socio-economic status. This corresponds to a five-year increase in life expectancy. And golfers with a low handicap fare […]


Sunny-Side-Up Egg Pita Pizzas

The addition of eggs makes pizza appropriate for breakfast, lunch or dinner. These Sunny-Side-Up Egg Pita Pizzas are high in protein and offer plenty of veggies.


7 Reasons Why Chocolate is Healthy

Regarded by many as the tastiest food on Earth, dark chocolate also has many health benefits. Just don’t go overboard’chocolate is healthy but still contains sugar and fat

Beauty tips: 5 new beauty/fashion products

Here are a few of the beauty (and fashion!) items that caught my eye this week.Love That White Smile "On the Go": This teeth-cleaning pen, part of a drugstore-available whitening system developed by a Canadian dentist, whitens and cleans without SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate) or peroxide, and the company says it’s mild enough for sensitive […]