Are there specific scents that upon first wiff will send you into a migraine spiral?

Are there specific scents that upon first wiff will send you into a migraine spiral?

Mine are weed killers and fertilizers, Fabreeze anything, petroleum hot tar, cologne and even deodorant (especially strong scented men's deo., cigar cigarette smoke, mowing of lawns. Scented candles and room deodorizers.i find I am becoming more sensitive as I get older . Mold, bonfires, fireplaces, cleaning supplies, even dust. Anyone relate?

A MyMigraineTeam Member said:

Lavender, peppermint, vanilla...insanely strong florals- you know... every single other persons favorites 🙄
Hickory wood
I can do spearmint the best, lime, rose, clary sage, patchouli re: essential oils I keep on a scarf with some on it whenever I leave the house

posted almost 2 years ago
A MyMigraineTeam Member said:

I’m also sensitive to many scents…mostly the artificial fragrance added to so many products these days. I use aromatherapy and I have to make sure of the quality of the essential oils I use. Some brands use artificial fragrances instead of naturally derived essences so I’ve learned to steer clear of those. An artificial fragrance can send me into an instant migraine spiral.

Other triggers include flashing lights, extreme heat…especially heat radiating from the dash in a vehicle (and we live in Florida!)…barometric changes, thunderstorms, hurricanes (yes, we were near the path of Irma-it passed through the county just west of us), and most especially hormonal fluctuations. Menopause is the bane of my existence and I’m praying it’s over soon!!!

I’m not as sure about food triggers, but artificial sweeteners, nitrates, sulfates and MSG are definitely triggers. I’m now on a gluten free diet, and I’m thinking that lactose is a problem for me. There’s a possibility that legumes may be a culprit too. I have major digestive issues, which started about 10-15 years ago. Our gut health has a direct effect on our neurological health so I’m trying to get a handle on this but it’s hard.

posted about 2 years ago
A MyMigraineTeam Member said:

to be honest.....any strong scent and that is a relative term..... perfume worn in excess on a person who passes me in the mall is enough...... I can manage some scents like Lavender ..... natural essential oils seem fine but the artificial ones are nasty.......

posted about 2 years ago
A MyMigraineTeam Member said:

Oh, I forgot about cigarette, cigar and pipe tobaccos.

Now I know why I would wake up with a monstrous headache when I went out dancing in my younger days, between the cigarette smoke, the loud noise and bright lights I was doomed.Of course I recovered much more quickly then and would get up and do it all over the next night. Now going to the movies can be a disaster.

posted about 2 years ago
A MyMigraineTeam Member said:

For me it's artificially scented products; candles, diffusers, many but not all perfumes and bath products, petroleum based products such as hot top and tires, some cleaning products, and the big one... the Yankee Candle Store at the mall, I can't even walk by it without my head starting to pound,

posted about 2 years ago
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