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Migraines: Six Surprising Triggers And Six Easy At-Home Remedies

by Phil Mutz
Phil is an Editor at LittleThings. He loves writing and the outdoors. You can often find him at the movies or the park.

Few things will ruin my day faster than a migraine. These debilitating headaches can make it impossible to function or concentrate.

And I know I’m not alone here. According to the American Migraine Foundation, “36 million Americans, about 12 percent of the population, suffer from migraine headaches.”

Migraines can cause everything from a terrible headache to extreme nausea. So what are we supposed to do about them?

The AMF continues, “We know that individuals with migraines are more susceptible to the influence of transient factors, termed ‘triggers,’ that raise the risk for having a migraine attack.”

So if we know what the triggers are, it may just be possible to avoid them altogether, thus reducing the likelihood of a painful migraine.

And what’s more, just as there are incredible home remedies for eczema, there are quite a few simple at-home remedies for anyone who suffers from migraine attacks.

Scroll through this exclusive list below to see how to avoid these triggers, and how to fight off an attack when it occurs. I already knew a couple of these, but most of them came as quite a surprise.

Are any of these triggers for you? Do you have any other at-home remedy suggestions? Let us know in the comments!

Six Surprising Triggers Of Migraines
Trigger #1: Caffeine

<u>Six Surprising Triggers Of Migraines</u><br>Trigger #1: Caffeine
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Many migraine-sufferers actually turn to caffeine to help fight off attacks when they are happening.

But they might be surprised to know that caffeine withdrawal may actually be triggering them in the first place.

According to the National Headache Foundation, “A caffeine rebound headache occurs from withdrawal of caffeine after a sufferer continually consumes too much of the substance… the physical side effects can be severe. The NHF advises patients with frequent headaches to avoid daily use.”

Trigger #2: Foods

Trigger #2: Foods
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One of the most important things to pay attention to is what specific foods can trigger a migraine. This will often vary from person to person.

However, according to WebMD, MSG is an extremely common food ingredient trigger.

“This is a food additive found in a wide range of processed, packaged, and restaurant foods. It’s used to enhance flavor. It’s also been shown to cause migraines in up to 15 percent of people.”

Many fast-food items and deli meats contain MSG, so be sure to check the ingredient list.

Trigger #3: Lights

Trigger #3: Lights
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Bright lights are an oft-reported trigger for those who suffer from migraines.

Dr. David Dodick of the Mayo Clinic writes in the New York Times, “Light-induced migraine is common, and light often amplifies the pain after the headache has begun.”

This can be particularly vexing, because it is hard for people to avoid light altogether in the course of an average day.

But avoiding overly bright lights may make the difference between an attack or not.

Trigger #4: Weather

Trigger #4: Weather

It might seem strange, but the weather might actually be causing your migraines.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “Weather changes may cause imbalances in brain chemicals, including serotonin, which can prompt a migraine. Weather-related triggers also may worsen a headache caused by other triggers.”

As a result, they suggest “avoiding triggers if at all possible. For example, stay indoors during very cold or windy weather if these factors appear to trigger your migraines.”

Trigger #5: Odors

Trigger #5: Odors

There are quite a few smells that are commonly reported as migraine triggers, many of which may surprise you.

Neurologist Dr. Nicholas Silver told the Daily Mail, “We have found that common odor triggers include perfumes, aerosols, car air fresheners, cooking smells — particularly fried or fatty foods — cigarette smoke, and cleaning products.”

Trigger #6: Noise

Trigger #6: Noise
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Anyone who experiences migraines knows that noise can be extremely grating during an attack. But it can also be a cause of an attack in the first place.

Everyday Health lists “loud noises” among the most common “triggers that can cause migraine attacks.”

For migraine sufferers, the key is to avoid loud music, television, or even construction noises that could lead to the onset of an attack.

What other migraine triggers have you observed? Let us know in the comments, and keep scrolling for several at-home remedies to fight off a painful migraine attack!

Six Easy At-Home Remedies For Migraines
Remedy #1: Hot Or Cold Compress

<u>Six Easy At-Home Remedies For Migraines</u><br>Remedy #1: Hot Or Cold Compress
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The fastest way to alleviate the pain may actually be a hot or cold compress.

According to the Mayo Clinic, you should “apply hot or cold compresses to your head or neck. Ice packs have a numbing effect, which may dull the sensation of pain. Hot packs and heating pads can relax tense muscles.”

Remedy #2: Acupuncture

Remedy #2: Acupuncture

Acupuncture, or paying attention to pressure points, can work wonders for alleviating a migraine.

WebMD writes, “Acupuncture helps reduce days with migraines and may have lasting effects, according to a new study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.”

Remedy #3: Vicks VapoRub

Remedy #3: Vicks VapoRub
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VapoRub actually has a surprising number of health uses, including the battling of migraines. You simply need to rub it on your temples and forehead.

According to DivineCaroline.com, “The mentholated scent will release pressure in your head and instantly relieve pain.”

Remedy #4: Hydrotherapy

Remedy #4: Hydrotherapy

Many recommend hydrotherapy for relieving migraine pain. This can involve the alternating of hot showers and cold ice baths.

Health Assist also suggests soaking the hands. “Soaking your hands in hot water at the first sign of a migraine helps to regulate circulation and can avert a full-blown migraine episode. Relax, breathe deeply, and soak your hands in the water for 15 minutes.”

Remedy #5: Raw Potato Cuttings

Remedy #5: Raw Potato Cuttings

It might sound crazy, but many who believe in the power of European folk medicine have found success in fighting migraines with raw potato cuttings.

According to Healthline, “Traditionally, the slices are cloaked in a thin cloth and wrapped around the head or rubbed directly on the temples to ease tension and pain.”

Remedy #6: Scalp Massage

Remedy #6: Scalp Massage
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A scalp massage, either by yourself or performed by another person, can be extremely effective in battling migraine pain.

According to Migraines for Dummies, “craniosacral therapy” involves massaging the skull and scalp. “Your nerve endings get some touchy-feely attention, which soothes the nerves and lessens the pain waves they send.”

Avoiding these triggers and trying these at-home remedies may just be the key to stopping painful migraines from ruining your day!

What are your migraine triggers? Do you have any other at-home remedy suggestions? Let us know in the comments.

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