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In a survey by the National Headache Foundation, headache sufferers were given a list of 16 possible triggers. They then were asked to rank them in terms of what commonly brought on their migraines and other headaches. Three out of every four respondents said that weather triggered their headache pain. Specific weather triggers include:
•Changes in humidity
•Changes in temperature
•Extremely dry conditions
Listed below are common environmental triggers for headaches included in the survey and the percentage of people who identified them as triggers. People often have more than one type of trigger for their headaches. How many, if any, of these factors trigger your headaches?
•Weather or barometric pressure changes: 73%
•Intense odors: 64%
•Bright or flickering lights: 59%
•Extreme heat or cold: 38%
•Altitude changes: 31%
•High winds: 18%