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The smells that cause the headache, from the onion to deodorants

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Published on Oct 27, 2016

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A lot of people suffer from migraine. Among the possible causes of migraine are also the smells. In this case, the disorder takes the name of osmophobia. 50% of people who suffer from migraines, suffer from the specific osmophobia. Between the smells that most trigger the headaches, we find that of the onions, fatty foods and cleaning products in the home. Women are those most affected by osmophobia: in 70% of cases the migraine is triggered by a particular smell. This disorder does not depend on the time it remains in an environment that has the smell that causes the migraine. In fact, a few minutes of exposure to generate the headache. The only way to avoid the osmophobia is to avoid the smell that triggered it. However, the exposure to other odors could represent a possible solution.The Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago has shown a very special case of osmophobia. In the case in question, a woman 32-year-old was hit by a strong headache accompanied by a burning sensation to the eyes and nose, nausea, fatigue, sore throat, confusion, palpitations, numbness of the tongue, and pain in the neck in the moment in which he was to be in an environment with a strong smell of onion and garlic. But the scent of mint was able to counter all of these disorders. According to experts, osmophobia was born from an alteration of the emotions triggered by odors.

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In fact, the areas of the brain that regulate emotions are closely linked to those associated with the sense of smell. Also the smell by stimulating the trigeminal nerve give rise to an inflammation or narrowing of the blood vessels which then leads to migraine. Nicholas Silver, a neurologist from the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the United Kingdom, has revealed that the perfumes, aerosols, air fresheners for cars, the smells of the kitchen, the cigarette smoke and cleaning products have smells that most commonly trigger headaches.

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