Figuring out your headache triggers might be tricky sometimes. The condition is unpredictable, and triggers can change over time. With so much uncertainty, it can be quite exhausting to make basic decisions. There is always a looming threat that any food you eat or activity you decide to partake in might trigger an headache episode. You can chalk it up to stress from world events or something you ate or drank, and you might be right. But there are a number of common triggers for migraines, tension headaches, or cluster headaches. The faster you identify them, the quicker you can boot headache pain off the property.
Smoked Meats: Cured, smoked, pickled or canned foods such as pastrami, deli meats, and beef jerky contain synthetic food preservatives called nitrates and nitrites. The additives may dilate blood vessels, triggering headaches. Monitor your intake of smoked meats, this would help you know if you are one of the few people which headaches are triggered by consuming smoked meats.
Alcohol intake: Alcohol is a common cause of a migraine headache or a cluster headache, a stabbing pain in the eye that may last hours, go away, and come back several times per day. For some people, a few ounces of red wine are all it takes to provoke a headache, although any kind of alcohol can be a trigger.
Scented products: If I’m out and about and get a whiff of someone’s perfume, it hurts. These might be the same for some people too. Perfume isn’t the only culprit though, any scented skin care beauty products can be triggering for me. For instance, all scented shampoos, lotions, soaps, and body scrubs are off limits.
Brain Freeze: Brain freeze, also known as ice cream headache, occurs mere seconds after the ingestion of cold food. The pain can be felt on the sides of the head and generally lasts for less than a minute.
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