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10 Holiday Headache Triggers

Posted: 12/24/11 11:52 AM ET

'Tis the season to be jolly and full of good cheer. But for many migraine and headache sufferers, it's also the time of year when everything related to the season -- from scented candles to Christmas lights to shopping -- can trigger cluster headaches, stress-related pain, and days of agony.

Here are the most common holiday headache triggers, and what to do about them.

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What to try: The only way to avoid a pounding head and queasiness the morning after is to drink in moderation, or to stay away from alcohol entirely. But with all sorts of seasonal celebrations going on, it's easy to overindulge.

Alternating your drinks with water or another nonalcoholic beverage can help you slow down and stay hydrated.


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