Can the smell of popcorn be a Migraine trigger?

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I have a friend who claims the smell of popcorn is triggering her migraines, however she can eat popcorn.   Is this possible?   I could see that eating popcorn might, but I highly doubt about the smell alone itself triggering her migraine. Thanks, Suzanne.


Dear Suzanne;

It is entirely possible for the smell of popcorn to be a Migraine trigger. It's possible for any smell to be a trigger for some people. Triggers vary greatly from one individual to another. Migraineurs know more about their own bodies and their triggers than anyone, including their doctors.

It's good to see you learning about Migraine. There are many articles on this site that can help you learn more. Migraine can be a horrible debilitating disease. Please continue learning so you can give your friend the help and support she needs? You can read more about possible triggers _HERE _.

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