What is a trigger?

A cause. A trigger causes something else to happen. Like eating chocolate can trigger a migraine for some folks. Or flashing lights can trigger a seizure for other folks. Was there a particular medical problem you're thinking about?
A start. A trigger can refer to something that causes a medical event. A trigger for an asthma attack can be contact with a dog. A trigger for a heart attack can be shoveling heavy snow. A trigger for a diverticulitis can be eating some popcorn.

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What foods will trigger migraines?

This in individual. Food triggers vary from one migraineur to another. Common examples may include alcoholic beverages, certain aged cheeses, chocolate, yeasty breads, citrus. Creating a food diary may help identify specific triggers. Read more...
Can be a long list. Common triggers include coffee, chocolates, yellow cheese, other dairy products, red meat, nuts, and alcohol (specially red wine). Read more...

What tends to trigger anger outbursts in children?

Stress and impulsive. Children are going through developmental maturation. Their brain and body is growing and developing "control mechanism". Generally when a child is overwhelmed by more stress than he or she has capacity to deal with, the result can be an anger outburst. On the other hand, a child may "hold anger inside" and this often will develop into depression. Read more...
Setting no limits. Children need boundaries. When none are given, they become spoiled, angry, out of control, hating the world and everyone in it. Responding to every outburst with a calm, "no" and a reasonable punishment will reinforce there are limits/boundaries that are not to be crossed. They will learn not to do that. Calm patience and consistency is all you need. More about teaching the adult then the child. Read more...
Negative attention- seeking behaviors' purpose is to attain a desired object or preferred activity or to avoid a non-preferred task. Start time-out at 18 mos. Learn to do it correctly as a tool to ignore negative behavior effectively, the only way to "make" it go away. The behavior will escalate at first in an attempt to elicit negative or positive attention from you, then extinguish if you consistently ignore it. Read more...

What are the triggers of epileptic seizures?

Brain irritation. The brain is very controlled most of the time. Specific conditions can set off excessive brain activity that can result in an epileptic event. Focal regions of the brain may be injured and produce a chronic focus of irritation. Genetic conditions can set off generalized bursts of abnormal activity within the brain. Medications can help the brain regain control. Other methods may also help. Read more...
Triggers for seizure. Here are a few, there are many more flashing lights, sleep deprivation, missing meals, hyperventilation, taking medications that can cause seizures as a side effect, infections of the nervous system, illness in general lower threshold for seizures in epileptics. Read more...

What are some triggers for an epileptic seizure or blackout?

Triggers for seizure. Sleep deprevation, failing to take all doses of prescribed anticonvulsants, stress and hyperventilation, low blood sugar, medications that can cause seizures as a side effect or combinations that can trigger seizures, flickering lights for those are light sensitive are some known triggers. Read more...

What foods can trigger allergies?

A few cause most. About 90% of serious food allergies caused by immune mechanisms come from a few foods: milk, egg, soy, wheat, peanut, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish. Allergies to fruits and vegetables are often due to cross-reactions with pollen allergies. However, there are also reactions that are not caused by immune mechanisms (intolerances) and these can occur to a wide range of other foods. Read more...
Too numerous to list. Food allergies are triggered by protein in foods and most foods contain protein. There are some foods that are more often triggers for allergies. These include milk, egg, wheat, soy, peanut, tree nut, shellfish and fish. Although these are most common, most foods have the potential of being allergenic. I recommend an evaluation and testing by a board certified allergist. Read more...

What do nuts trigger anaphylaxis?

Any nut can! Nut allergy can lead to very serious allergic reactions called anaphylaxis. This has been described for multiple nuts. The most common nut to cause reactions is walnuts, followed by cashew, pistachio, almond, pecan and hazelnut. Coconut (some people debate if this is a nut) anaphylaxis is uncommon. Nut allergy is likely to persist and best treated with the help of a board certified allergist. Read more...
Are you asking which. peanuts and all tree nuts (almond, cashew, pistacchio, Brazillnut, hazelnut/filiberts, pecan, walnuts, hickory nuts, chestnuts) Also ,Palm nuts (botanically are not trees) such as pine nuts and coconuts. All have been shown to cause anaphylaxis. Read more...

What are common triggers for allergic reactions and asthma?

Many different... ...Triggers - of foods, nuts and fish/seafood are more common; of airborne triggers, smoke, dust, pollens and animal dander (cats are most severe). Read more...
Allegens & irritiant. Allergens: house dust mites, animal danders, mold spores, pollens & sometimes foods. Irritants: cigarette smoke, wood & barbecue smoke, poorly-burning gas stoves, heaters, furnaces & hot water heaters, smog, diesel exhausts, pesticides, fragrance. For asthma these physical triggers: cold air, exercise, laughter, stress, and respiratory infections, especially viral respiratory infections. Read more...
Triggers... Common triggers for allergic reactions and asthma include pollen, mold, pet dander, dust, insect bites/stings, foods, ozone, cigarette smoke, cold air, exercise, meds, etc. Read more...

I was told pork triggers migraines. What foods can trigger migraines?

Many different ones. Foods that can trigger migraines include: old cheese (tyramine) alcohol food additives nuts caffeine aspartame/artificial sweeteners chocolate cold foods (ice, ice cream) cheese deserts. Read more...