As the world observes Migraine month in a bid to create awareness about the condition, city-based neurologists cite the increasing dependency on junk food and constant exposure to electronic devices as the reasons for the rise in migraine over the years.
"There has been a rise in migraine cases in the past five years. We used to receive cases of migraine earlier but they were never this high. Now more than 50 % of headache cases are turning out to be that of migraine," said Dr Varun Kataria, citybased neurologist.
A large number of school and college students suffer from migraine, doctors say. They blame their erratic lifestyle and increased consumption of junk food for this phenomenon.
"Junk food has a lot of preservatives, most of which are unclassified. One can never guess what triggers migraine out of these," said Dr OP Lekhra, another neurosurgeon from the city.
"Children are leaving their homes early in life in search for better career opportunities."
"Trapped in a busy life, they are inclined towards eating junk food, which is a mix of complex carbohydrates not suitable for migraine patients," she said.
Experts also say that sleep deprivation and spending too much time in front of a computer or mobile phone are some of the other reasons for this phenomenon.
"Photogenic stimulation is one of the identified triggers of migraine. The extra time spent on social media and messenger applications further complicate things for migraine patients."