A migraine can be triggered by particular scents and odors. You may have experienced a headache yourself if you worked next to someone wearing heavy perfume or walked into a public restroom with an industrial sanitizer in use.
Smells are not the only thing that can cause a migraine to start. Certain volatile chemicals, even those with little odor, can cause nausea and headaches in some people.
If you notice that you develop migraines after a bout of housecleaning, it’s possible your cleaning products are to blame.
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In fact, cleaning products are one of the most commonly reported triggers for migraines. To be technical, the chemicals contained in many cleaning products directly irritate the trigeminal nerve receptors in the nasal lining. Migraine sufferers are particularly sensitive to this type of irritation.
It’s no wonder, considering the chemicals in many of them. Migraines are not only painful; they steal your time and energy that you would rather use for almost anything else.
Some organic compounds not only trigger migraines and other illnesses, but some are also carcinogenic over long use or in high-exposure situations.
While not strictly cleaning products, today's consumer preference for automatic air fresheners and scent defusing devices may have a negative impact on your health. You may have noticed that going to a friend or family member's home seems to result in a migraine, and it isn't because of tension or stress.
Unfortunately, the house doesn’t clean itself. And not everyone wants or can afford a cleaning service. There are several things you can do to prevent a migraine the next time you need to mop the floor, dust, or scrub.
Bleach, Pine-Sol, Febreze, and other heavily scented products tend to cause problems in people with sensitive noses and a tendency towards migraines. Petroleum-based scents especially seem to linger on furniture and in carpets.
Only purchase the amount of product you will use in a reasonable time. Stockpiling bleach or other products can lead to accidental spills or the degradation of the product, which could release worse compounds.
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Out of all the cleaning products available, many are recommended by people who are prone to migraines who pass along their experience.
Some chemicals have been life-savers, almost literally. Cleaners have been developed that remove stains faster or more effectively. Detergents and softeners for fabric are appreciated by many, if only because the commercial leads them to smell the clothes just out of the dryer.
For migraine sufferers, though, the volatile chemicals and scents that are added to mask them cause housecleaning to be worse than the drudgery it already is. Using products with few ingredients and no added scent can mean the difference between a clean home and a day in bed in the dark.
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