From the article: Are Scents Making You Sick?
Share Post: Are you sensitive to certain smells? How do you manage living in a world full of perfumes and toxic chemical smells? Please help other scent-sensitives by sharing your strategies for living amidst an aroma-filled world. How Do You Cope?
ANYBODY COULD BE NEXT
- Like other allergies, this appears suddenly after previously non-problematic exposure. A good friend has it, a truly daunting problem! Just read the responses...some strategies seem to help: 1. FIND GOOD SCENTS TO MITIGATE OFFENDING CHEMICALS--Vicks, vanilla, peppermint, oranges, sandalwood, thieves oil, lemongrass... other unnamed essential oils. 2. A FEW OTC PRODUCTS--Fluticasone, Ocean Saline, Fluxonase nasal sprays; Ayr saline gel. 3. THE SINGLE MEDICAL PROCEDURE CITED--Really, the Lone Ranger Treatment, LDA (low-dose allergen) therapy. C'mon, researchers! 4. FREE HOME STRATEGIES (for a bit of relief)-- breathe thru a wet paper towel, breathe thru a mask of your own tresses, chew a bunch of gum, cover as much skin as possible, clean things with vinegar. THOUGHTS: Could our own body scents be blockers? Appears this never goes away, worsens with time and is yet one more member of the oft-maligned "New Syndromes Perhaps Unleashed by Overexposure to Chemical Innovations" club.
- —Guest Susan
- While I don't have a life-threatening issue with my nose, I get a "hay fever" response to nearly every perfume, lotion, hairspray...etc. Natural scents help... usually citrus. I'll try the peppermint thing. I fight with my family too, they don't smell 80% of the things I do. Zyrtec *can* help, just depends on the smell. Also, for me, the scents never go away. I smell them as long as I'm in the vicinity. I had to give up a really good job, all to a smell. I worked there a week. Unfortunately, it was the smell of the cleaner necessary to remove a type of ink from the equipment. I feel for everyone who has to suffer from this, at a minimum, irritating condition.
- —Guest Pete
Nsal filters by Breathe-Ezy
- Google these things, I Just found them and they work. Also let's get together and demand to have the right to a scent-free environment in our work place... Let's write to the government and see if they do anything about it.
- —Guest T
Message to guest - cope
- You'ew lucky they don't allow cig smoking in restaurants or workplaces anymore. What is someone supposed to do who gets a headache at work from another person's cologne and can't leave and still has to breathe? Just have a headache all day so a guy can sit at his desk and smell pretty? Who's being inconsiderate here? Cologne/perfume is meant for YOU to smell better, not the entire room or building you go to. That stuff used to be for hot dates or sat night events. Now people think they need to wear it to school, work, church, the store, and EVERYWHERE! which Axe is big at fault for with the kids. wash with axe soap, use axe deodorant, then spray axe cologne - to go to school? REALLY! Try showers with regular soap it works wonders and won't smell up an entire dr's office. The users get more immune to the smell and end up wearing more & more & more to keep smelling nice, while others are gagging around them. I couldn't imagine doing something to make others sick and then say "Too Bad for U"
- —Guest Clint - suffering
- I too suffer BAD from all kinds of chemicals. Cleaners, perfume, cologne, cig smoke, incense, etc. And everywhere I go I eventually get a mild headache from one of them. the majority of the time its cigarettes or cologne/perfume. old ladies and men are now the worst. AXE is my worst enemy! These kids spray that crap on like there is no tomorrow. Until I PAID him monthly not to, my brother would literally spray it on himself 8-10 times A DAY! before school, during school 3 times, after school, then when his girl came over and before they went out. Our whole house smelled like it and stuff I sold on ebay people complained about cigarette & cologne smell on my magazines. That's just ridiculous! How uncaring and insensitive people are to others' air. if you smoke or wear something that affects others air, then YOU NEED To STOP. And, for those that say too bad, I PRAY you all Have to deal with something like this one day and get that same response. what comes around goes around.
- —Guest Clint - Suffering
My Sensitivity to Scents is Horrid
- I've always been sensitive to fragrances, but in the last few months, it's gotten really horrid. I started working for a company, and a boy who works here smokes (which I am allergic to) and then tries to cover his smoke stench with some Axe-like perfume (which I am also allergic to). It's horrid. You can smell this guy 20' away and when he comes near you it takes forever to clear the air. I've tried fans, a carbon filter mask, holding my breath... My doctor has me on pills, 2 inhalers and a nose spray as well as regular allergy shots. NOTHING helps. When I'm forced to be near him for any length of time my throat starts to close. I wheeze, honk and choke. The manager asked him to stop. The boss asked him to stop. The owner of the company told him to stop. I've rapidly deteriorated since working here. I have a choking night cough now that keeps me from sleeping. Now almost all men's perfumes set me off. I have migraines and muscle spasms. I can't laugh too hard or I start wheezing. HELP
- —Guest @work
I wish it to be gone
- I have been coping with Hypersensitivity to smells for the past few years. I can smell my neighbors smoking and want to run every time someone sprays perfume. I work in a Call Center. At times it is impossible for me to perform my job. My head feels like it is going through a Birth Canal. My ears ring terribly, I get Dizzy, Shake and the Migraines are horrible. I can't have a social life. I am on nasal sprays and go for allergy shots. Still not getting better. I get anxiety and almost every night I want to cry. Yes I wear a mask with a carbon filter to bed when it is bad. I use Vicks Vapor Rub and only helps a little. I have air purifiers. I feel like there is no hope :(
Comment from a SMELLY person.
- I was embarrassed by someone's reaction to my "smell" when I went to a 1st aid training. I was not wearing anything but apparently she had a "reaction" to my "smell" and made a HUGE scene about it. My mother uses scented candles, inscense and other fragrant oils to honor our loved ones who have died and it is her religious belief so I could carry a "smell" on me that someone is sensitive to. I also work with several people who are sensitive to scents and do my best to come to work "scent free" but I still seem to bother them no matter what I do. We use air purifiers and have asked everyone to accommodate their scent sensitivity but no matter what they still complain. We have asked everyone to honor a "scent free" work environment but the people with the issues never seem to do anything about it themselves like wear a face mask... I have every right to use natural oils to smell nice and honor my family as my civil right.
- —Guest MelindaJo
I can't live a normal life
- My smell sensitivity is so bad, that if onions,peppers, garlic or any other vegetable that isn't corn or green beans are being prepared in the same place, I will instantly throw up or become short of breath and then throw up. Let's see. My nose and stomach have a similar reaction with, alcohol, curtain brands of cigarettes, all cigars, heavy body odor, any kind of perfume or fragrance, any kind of scented lotion, candles, curtain brands of make-up, curtain smells of different leathers when I go coat shopping, tar, exhaust, hairspray and pretty much any smelly hair product, curtain brands of coffee, different types of metal, a number of different plants, baby oil, gold bond, baby powder, motor oil, peanut butter, apple butter, garlic butter, anything citrus and I think that's the lot of it but there is probably more. How I deal with life is I don't go out to eat and if I do I tell my friends what they can't have.
Odors and foods
- So far like others, I avoid public places; people. Holidays are difficult with the fragrant candles, pine cones. No church, difficult shopping, social gatherings all avoided. Cope? Stay home and even there not safe if you buy something new that has odors. I am also extremely sensitive to most foods. The government can send people to the moon but will not spend the money to help us. I am confused, frustrated and wonder if a car accident or illness that sends me to the toxic awful smelling, chemically induced medicine hospital will finally be the last straw.
- —Guest ~n
- My mom uses a natural peppermint oil diluted with water spray at work to counteract perfumes, etc. Also, just a dab of peppermint oil around the nose makes it easier to breathe if the scents are very strong.
Misery loves company?
- Vicks makes me open up so more odors get in... can tolerate most perfumes all cleaning products but cig smoke kills me (no pun intended) gasoline car exhaust smelly carpet garbage stale sweat & some cooking odors. Medication for allergies/anxiety saline rinse aromatherapy face masks at home foam earplugs in nostrils lots of Lemon Lysol. I literally am a hermit.
- —Guest Kami
- In understand that the whole world can't revolve around one person's sensitivity. But it not one person. Plus, what about controllable issue. My work has a new scent diffuser. Every time I try to talk to my boss about getting a headache so bad that I can't see straight. And I get nauseous. He will assure me that it's not the scent diffuser because he can't smell it. It's frustrating. I don't know what to do about it. I can't get away from it. I'm required to sit at a stationary desk across the room from it for 2.5 hours every morning and an hour every afternoon. That is controllable. Don't spray you perfume at a common area at work. Do that in the bathroom to be respectful. At least they have better ventilation. How would you like it if someone told you that they're going to smoke whereever they want and you'll have to deal with it because you can't expect the whole world to conform to you distaste for smoking?
- —Guest SensitiveNose
Only one in the family
- I'm the only one in my family with scent sensitivity - and my wife and kids don't understand. They all try to use scent free products to accommodate me - for which I am *really* grateful. Now my 18 year old got a new body lotion. Nobody else thinks anything of it, but it hurts my sinuses and constricts my chest. And it's causing fights - because they think I'm just picking on my girl. They can't smell it.
- —Guest Sad Father
OMG---IT WORKS---THANK YOU---THANK YOU
- Vicks Vapor Rub in the nose actually works. OMG---I can breathe without getting a migraine and feeling sick to my stomach. I have a co-worker, whom I have approached several times professionally, and he pretty much said it was too bad for me, because he was going to wear it. He deliberately comes over to my desk and waves his hand in front of my fan. I cannot do anything, because it is not in policy. It made matters worse when I approached him one on one, because now he mocks me. I went to the store on my break and bought some vicks and OMG---IT REALLY WORKS. i CANNOT SMELL HIS STINKY-BUTT COLOGNE. HALLELUJAH!!!!
- —Guest CJW
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