An increased sensitivity to smells – including perfumes and colognes – can cause a painful migraine headache. A more recent study conducted on migraine triggers in men listed perfumes as the second most common triggers of migraine after stress. A strong fragrance is found to make a pre-existing headache worse. This phenomenon is called “osmophobia”. Some of the most frequent offenders include cigarette smoke, cleaning products, food smells, and scents.
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