Surprising Headache and Migraine Triggers

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Womens' perfume and other strong smells may trigger migraines.
A tight ponytail may strain the connective tissue in the scalp, leading to a hairdo headache.
Exercise and other strenuous activities can lead to exertion headaches.
Poor posture at work might lead to tension headaches.
Cheese is one of the most common migraine triggers.
Red wine is known to have tyramine which can increase blood flow to the brain and intensify your headaches.
Cold cuts often contain tyramine which also increases the blood flow to the brain, which may trigger headaches.
Missing a meal during the day could result in having a headache.
Smoking is known to trigger headaches.
Caffeine withdrawal is another headache trigger.
Keeping a headache diary may help you figure out what triggers your headaches.
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Eating balanced meals throughout the day will keep your blood sugar on an even keel.
Physical therapy combines exercise and education to reduce pain and improve range of motion.
Aspirin or ibuprofen are effective against many types of headaches.
Any new headache that is unusually severe or lasts more than a couple of days should be checked by a doctor.

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Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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