Over 40% of migraine sufferers report that strong odors – from things like perfumes and detergents – can trigger an acute migraine attack. The good news: if a person recognizes their sensitivity to these smells, they can take steps to lessen or avoid exposure, leading to a reduction in triggered migraines.
Any strong smell has the potential to trigger migraines, including:
- Car exhaust
- Cigarette smoke
- Cleaning products
- Paint thinner
If a person experiences odor-triggered migraines, there are migraine treatments are available to help. Traditional migraine treatment involves a blend of lifestyle changes, alternative therapies and both preventative and abortive medications . But if a person finds that current medications are ineffective or cause intolerable side effects, additional treatments may be warranted.
Dr. Jonathan Cabin of The Migraine Institute prioritizes long-term relief in his migraine treatments. He is dual-trained in both Head and Neck Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and his expertise allows him to target anatomical migraine triggers. These are sensory areas that send abnormal signals to the brain, setting off painful migraines. With a comprehensive approach to identify anatomical migraine triggers, Dr. Cabin can help a patient achieve long-lasting migraine relief.
To determine the best treatment plan, a detailed medical history is combined with an in-office visit. Dr. Cabin may also ordered specialized testing – including a Doppler ultrasound or computed topography (CT) scan. After this comprehensive assessment, Dr. Cabin can determine where a migraine trigger is physically located and offer personalized treatment recommendations.
To find out more about migraine treatments, please contact us today at 310.461.0303 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cabin.