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A 39-year-old female asked:

i get migraines when i smell perfume that someone is wearing or any cleaning product that i use is there anything i can do to stop this from happening?

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Dr. Steven Pouls
Specializes in Family Medicine
Avoidance . . .: Hello. You're not alone, for sure. In addition to avoiding smells that trigger your migraines, don't forget about common food additives that have been linked to migraine headaches, such as red wines and aged/darker liquors. MSG (monosodium glutamate) is now found in many more American-Type cuisines (like various canned soups, salad dressings, BBQ sauces), and LESS often in Chinese Food, these days
Dr. Ira Katz
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Avoid/prevention med: There are a lot of migraine prevention medications, some work better for different people and have different side effects. This is something a good neurologist may really be able to help you with. Until then do your best to avoid the trigger. If it is a coworker asking the person very politely and explaining the problem should hopefully help. Good luck!
Dr. Ira Katz
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Just an added note, many workplaces have policies about perfumes.
Nov 1, 2015

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