Migraine headaches and fragranced consumer products: an international population-based study

Steinemann, Anne, and Nematollahi, Neda (2020) Migraine headaches and fragranced consumer products: an international population-based study. Air Quality, Atmosphere and Health, 13 (4). pp. 387-390.

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Fragranced consumer products, such as air fresheners and cleaning supplies, have been associated with health problems including migraine headaches. This study investigates the prevalence of migraines associated with exposure to fragranced products. Nationally representative population surveys (n = 4435) across four countries-the United States (US), Australia (AU), the United Kingdom (UK), and Sweden (SE)-found that, on average, 12.6% of adults report migraine headaches when exposed to fragranced products (15.7% US, 10.0% AU, 8.4% UK, 16.1% SE). Among those individuals, 43.2% report migraines from air fresheners or deodorizers, 15.0% from the scent of laundry products coming from a dryer vent, 39.9% from being in a room cleaned with scented products, 53.7% from being near someone wearing a fragranced product, and 45.7% from other types of fragranced products. Furthermore, 30.6% of these individuals have lost workdays or lost a job, in the past year, due to fragranced product exposure in the workplace. Findings from this study indicate that migraine headaches can be associated with fragranced consumer products, and that reducing exposure could reduce adverse health and societal effects.

Item ID: 63017
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-9326
Keywords: Migraine, Headache, Fragranced consumer products, Fragrance
Copyright Information: Published Version: (C) Springer Nature B.V. 2020. Accepted Version may be posted on an Institutional Repository after an embargo of 12 months.
Funders: National Environmental Science Program (NESP)
Projects and Grants: NESP Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub
Date Deposited: 06 May 2020 07:45
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3209 Neurosciences > 320907 Sensory systems @ 30%
40 ENGINEERING > 4011 Environmental engineering > 401199 Environmental engineering not elsewhere classified @ 70%
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