15 Migraine Triggers: What Causes A Migraine?

For millions of people who get regular migraines, pain and discomfort in an unfortunately regular occurrence. Migraines are a type of headache, but they differ in many ways. Migraines start with vasodilation, which is the enlargement of the blood vessels in the brain. This causes, “the release of chemicals from nerve fibers that coil around the large arteries of the brain.” This physical effect cannot explain all the extreme symptoms and scientists think it’s a more complex process.

There are known triggers of migraines. 75% of migraine sufferers are women, and it affects of 30 million Americans each year. If you regularly are afflicted by migraines, a good idea would be to try and avoid migraine triggers.

We have listed 15 known migraine triggers, but there are many more out there.

15. Perfume

Certain scents can cause an instant migraine in some people. The medical cause is uncertain, but the symptoms are very real with those affected by it. Certain scents can be worse than others, with perfume often triggering migraines.

14. Alcohol

Alcohol can make you dehydrated, which is part of the reason you get a hangover after a long night partying. Some people are also sensitive to the nitrates in wines too. If you go drinking, be sure to drink a lot of water in between glasses.

13. Eye Strain

After a long day, you may experience eye pain and a resulting migraine. This is caused by straining your eyes to view papers, reports, books, and your computer screen. Wearing contacts or glasses can exacerbate the issue.

12. Food Allergies

If you  experience regular migraines, the cause might be in what you eat. Food sensitivities or allergies can cause unpleasant symptoms. Common allergies that cause migraines are caffeine, chocolate, dairy, and old cheese. Make a food diary and find the foods you’re sensitive to.

Also Read: 10 uncommon migraine symptoms

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