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 or Take our Quiz to see what type you may be experiencing.

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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.