From mild annoyance to debilitating pain, almost everyone has experienced a headache. "About 90% of headaches are in the migraine family," says Kathleen Digre, MD, chief of the headache and neuro-ophthalmology division in neurology at University of Utah Health. "Affecting 20 percent of women and 10 percent of men, migraines are more common than asthma and diabetes combined."
A migraine is a moderate to severe headache with any of these features: pulsing or throbbing and associated with light or sound sensitivity and nausea or vomiting. "Knowing what triggers migraines is important," Digre says. Here are four common triggers.