Do Hotdogs trigger Migraine Headache?

Hotdogs and Migraine Headache

Hotdogs may trigger migraine headache and other migraine symptoms.


  1. Nitrites:  An almost universal wiener ingredient, even when the label says “no nitrite added”.  A “hot dog headache” usually refers to headache from nitrites.
  2. MSG:  A common migraine trigger, along with related ingredients such as autolized yeast or hydrolyzed protein – may be listed as “flavors”).
  3. Other wiener ingredients could trigger attacks – e.g. soy products and aged meats.
  4. Toppings:  Common toppings could trigger migraine attacks – e.g. onions and sauerkraut.
  5. White flour:  that bun leads to a sugar spike which can trigger an attack.

For some, an occasional hotdog is fine.  For others, a hotdog or two could be a migraine attack just waiting to happen.

For more, read:  Is there such a thing as a migraine diet? and What’s in Your Wiener? Hot Dog Ingredients Explained

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  • Wendy Ensing Nov 4, 2013

    Guess I am no longer going to eat a Hot Dog

  • They are not a trigger for me. But salami and pepperonis usually are.

  • Michelle Bishop Nov 4, 2013

    Almost 100% of the time they are a trigger for me…

  • Heather Ascencio Nov 4, 2013

    Idk abot hot dogs because I don’t like them but I know any kind of pork meat does

  • Hanne Pinkava Nov 4, 2013

    Oh, yeah.None of that for me, or a migrane will come

  • Absolutely! It’s the nitrites and msg.

  • Heather Campbell Nov 4, 2013

    Sometimes I will get a migraine sometimes not. I try not to eat them to much but they are just so good lol

  • Tina Marie Romaine Nov 4, 2013

    All the listed triggers here give me migraines more than not. Once in a while I can enjoy a hot dog without getting one, not often. Again, I think cause I cannot eat them, they still are so yummy to me! 🙂

  • Rebecca Foreman Nov 4, 2013

    I’m ok with hot dogs but as far as aged meat I’m a goner and I’ve found something else when I made lasagna Italian blend cheese triggered a major migraine for days not sure about the Italian sausage but I did cook some tonight for my sons dinner and the smell alone almost made me sick

  • Lucy Nichols Heath Nov 4, 2013

    Its the nitrates in the dogs and lunch meat

  • I can have a hotdog without a headache…its just the onion that kills me. Hotdogs without onion is my way of life but I do use onion powder mixed in with my mayo and mustard. 😉

  • Stefanie Fisher Nov 5, 2013

    Hotdogs are for sure a migraine trigger for me. Gave them up long ago.

  • Justin Dec 27, 2013

    Nitrates and MSG should be banned from all food products. They do no one no good and aren’t really necessary.

  • Ironjoe Sep 10, 2015

    That explains it. On labor day I had my four hot dogs and for the last two days I’ve had the worst migraine sticking headache, I never eat hot dogs except for labor day BBQ. Next time, hamburgers.!

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