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What increases my risk of experiencing the aura phase?

About one-fourth of migraine sufferers experience the aura phase prior to an attack. People with a greater risk of developing migraines include women, individuals under the age of 40, and those with family members who suffer from migraines. If you have family members who have migraines with the aura phase, you are about four times more likely to also have the aura phase with a migraine. If you suffer migraines, things that trigger the headache--alcohol, stress, change in the weather, certain foods, or lack of sleep, for example--raise your risk of experiencing another headache. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors.

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