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What is migraine with aura?

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An aura is a migraine symptom that causes you to see strange things, like colored spots or flashing lights. It can be pretty scary, especially the first time it happens.

When you get one, it typically sets in slowly over 5 to 20 minutes. It may last up to an hour. It often acts as a warning sign, coming on before any pain shows up. But it can happen during the migraine as well.

Auras show up in about 1 in 3 people with migraine, but you're not likely to get them every time. So it's possible you might have migraines with and without auras.

SOURCES:

The Migraine Association of Ireland: "Migraine Without Aura," "Migraine With Aura."

Mayo Clinic: "Migraine," "Migraine with Aura."

The Migraine Trust: "Types of Migraine," "Migraine Without Aura," "Migraine With Aura."

American Migraine Foundation: "Migraine and Aura."

American Family Physician: "Treatment of Acute Migraine Headache."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on January 27, 2020

SOURCES:

The Migraine Association of Ireland: "Migraine Without Aura," "Migraine With Aura."

Mayo Clinic: "Migraine," "Migraine with Aura."

The Migraine Trust: "Types of Migraine," "Migraine Without Aura," "Migraine With Aura."

American Migraine Foundation: "Migraine and Aura."

American Family Physician: "Treatment of Acute Migraine Headache."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on January 27, 2020

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