6 Common Headache Triggers

If you don’t have a family history of migraine, the disorder could be caused by a variety of things—from changes in the weather to stress. In addition to the underlying cause of a migraine, certain things can also "trigger" the headache to start.  Avoiding triggers is one of the best ways to keep migraine and headaches at bay. Learn about 6 surprising, but common, headache triggers in this slideshow. 

You can also read more about types of migraine and chronic headache in our Migraine Condition Center.

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The Weather
For some, weather changes may cause imbalances in brain chemicals, including serotonin, which can prompt a migraine. Weather-related triggers include bright sunlight, extreme heat or cold, sun glare, high humidity, dry air, windy or stormy weather, and barometric pressure changes. Weather-related triggers may also worsen a headache caused by other triggers.
Fast fix: While you can’t change the weather, you can learn which systems may cause a migraine attack for you and try to lessen their pending effects, such as by taking a preventive headache medication. Keep a headache diary and keep an eye on major weather patterns.
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