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Travel Lodgings with Fewer Odors and Chemicals

If odors or chemicals trigger your headaches, traveling can be miserable. The moment of opening the hotel door and having a scented room spray rush out fills me with dread because I know that I may spend much of the trip in that very hotel room with my head pounding. Nancy Westrom, who has...

Asphalt Roofing Odors and Indoor Air Quality

Having someone put a new roof on your house doesn't seem like it would be an exhausting experience, but here I am, physically and emotionally drained after a week of construction. You need some background to understand why I'm so wrecked, but I'll keep it short because who really cares about my...

The Many Symptoms of Migraine

Is it just a coincidence that you feel foggy-headed, have to pee a lot and always have dark black circles under your eyes every time you have a migraine? Nope. Throbbing head pain, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, and weird visual effects are the most discussed symptoms of migraine, but the...

Not Just a Headache: Migraine’s Other Symptoms

The usual description of migraine includes visual aura, one-sided throbbing pain, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound. There's a lot more to it than that. The following information, which comes from my very favorite migraine book, Migraine: The Complete Guide, is a list of the other symptoms...

Migraine Problems: Haircuts

Thanks to my extreme sensitivity to odors, getting a haircut often triggers a migraine. Here's how I've learned to avoid salon-induced migraine attacks. 1. Avoid salons that do nails. Need I say more? 2. Go to an Aveda salon. While the scent of Aveda's products is too strong for me to use on...