Migraine from Perfume…..would Botox work?

Hi, just looking for some feedback, my son gets a severe migraine each time he is exposed to perfume/artificial scents. He has tried triptans, amitryptaline, currently trying Topomax with too much cognitive fog. Can anyone comment directly on the efficacy of botox for strictly perfume induced migraine? Aimovig? Looking for help, neurologist is willing to try but not very aware of migraine strictly with perfume exposure.

Looking for specific results for scent induced migraine and botox or aimovig injections?

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  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    3 months ago

    Hi heatherv,

    Thank you for your question. The easy answer is to avoid scents that trigger a migraine attack, however, that’s not very realistic. I use a handheld diffuser filled with an essential oil that helps clear my nose of the offending odor. The trick is to have it with me at all times and use it immediately. Here is a link for this product (I don’t receive any compensation for suggesting this, I just really like it): https://www.naturesgift.com/product/deluxe-personal-inhaler-black/.

    Others I know use Tiger balm and we have this article how on deal with scent triggers; https://migraine.com/living-migraine/practical-strategies-avoid-scent-triggers/.

    I don’t believe there are studies on medications specifically for scent triggered migraine attacks. People with migraine disease typically have more than one trigger and depending on how many migraine attacks we get during the month warrants what kind of medication that can be provided.

    Botox has a proven track record for helping to prevent chronic migraine which is defined as 15 or more headache or migraine days a month. I’ve been getting it since August, 2016. It helps my abortive medications work much better, which is no small thing.

    Topamax works wonders for some people, not so much for others. I did want to let you know there are many other options to consider (over 100 medications and supplements) to help prevent migraine attacks. You may want to take a look at this article on migraine prevention medications; https://migraine.com/blog/migraine-preventives-start/.

    I know this isn’t exactly what you were looking for, but I hope it helps!

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