Note: research shows that women were found to be particularly susceptible to the headache-causing effects of polluted indoor air.
The Following Toxins Contribute to Headaches
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) – an umbrella term that refers to several different toxic chemicals that are released into the air of homes and offices by paint, treated wood, furnishings, cleansers, building materials, office supplies, etc. These include chemicals like formaldehyde and benzene (known carcinogens), propylene glycol, and acetone. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, VOCs are a proven headache trigger. They are believed to cause headaches both by inflaming the sinuses and by causing damage to the brain and neurological system.
Common sources of VOC emissions are: