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?
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
To: Light Scent is Better Than Body Odor
- You are not sensitive to odors. We are not talking about being repelled by filthy people. Everybody is repelled by that. What we are talking about is being mentally, physically and emotionally overcome by toxic chemical smells. I have reached a point where I couldn't get my clothes off fast enough and needed to throw myself into the shower after hugging someone who had perfume on. Some men actually smell like they have slathered themselves in RAID!! Whatever they put on doesn't mix well with their natural smell and there is a terrible reaction. I have experienced mental confusion and a need to 'get away' from the toxic odor to the point where in an anxious state felt like throwing myself into traffic! This is not fun. I have to dash from my car to the house whenever my neighbor does laundry because the air is filled with toxic dryer softener sheet odor. I wish it were a scent free world...my world is getting smaller. I have to hold my breath most of the time while grocery shopping. ;-(
- —Guest Robin Jane
- 99 percent of the world does not understand...and never will. Over the past year and a half I have become increasingly sensitive to smells at work to the point I can't stand it. I need to go work in conference rooms. My work quality and productivity have gone down. I feel trapped. Once the perfumes get to you, it doesn't matter how much, simply that its there. Don't want this..but it's here. And sucks. Main strategy is avoidance, talking to the people does nothing.
- —Guest Average guy
Try masks with carbon filters
- I wear a silk mask with a carbon filter. It is the best solution I have found. www.achooallergy.com/mask-silkcomfortmask.asp and www.achooallergy.com/mask-honeycombmask.asp. They are made by a company called I Can Breathe (www.icanbreathe.com). I need a tactful way to tell folks I can't be around them because of their perfume/cologne.
- —Guest Weary
- Today I am trying to find out if there is anything I can do, apart from isolating myself. Thank you for the hint about Vicks I'll try anything! Nan
- —Guest Nan
Light scent is better than body odor
- I understand some people are allergic to perfume and cologne. Strong perfume can be an issue, but I love perfume and scent if it is worn mild to moderately. I would rather smell a good perfume/cologne from someone than just plain body odor.
Litter Boxes, Man Children and More
- My husband says I have a dog-like nose. I think my nose is a curse. I have cats. Yes, those sweet fur balls who defecate in boxes in the house. There are days that I have to hide in my bedroom because I cannot stand the smell to clean them. Then there is my roommate. He lacks hygiene and his room smells so bad that I vomited just this morning as I passed it. This is not the first time. So now I am a prisoner in my own home. I don't want to give the cats away, and I need my roommates rent. This whole situations causes me great distress and depression. To no end. This is just my own house, I have not even touched the topic of being in public. I cannot go into public restrooms as a rule because if it's not the smell of excrement, it's the smell of chemicals that do me in. I cannot walk close to a Bed Bath and Beyond or I will have a severe migraine. I can smell when someone's breath is bad because of allergies or if it's bad because they haven't eaten. It is a curse.
- —Guest Sarrah
Neurologic issue fragrances
- I agree that the past two to three years have been much worse. I became dizzy suddenly falling, one side of face and head including one ear were very inflamed and neurologist told me these fragrances are neurotoxins and some have chemical that restrict your brsin from smelling odors. I got letter from this Dr for my workplace and they accommodated me by giving me isolated office. Yes dryer sheets contain numerous carcinogens and invrdients in fragrances are not shared due to consideration as intellectual property (secret recipe), which allows them to escape evaluation for safety. The word must get out that these are dangerous - to everyone. I was not sensitive before. This is a huge problem in functioning daily. Keep talking about it. Good luck in feeling and being safe and well. Sending you love. LR from SF
- —Guest Laurie R
- I cannot handle most chemical products, perfumes, candles and cleaning products. If people choose to use them and it affects me I just can't be around. I am very concerned about the chemicals that young children are exposed to these days. A parent does not have time to mop a floor with soap and water so they buy the throw away pop in solution without know the chemicals that are in the mixture. They worry about not having the house clean enough so they light a candle that is toxic, to make it all smell better. Scents in our everyday life have become fragrances, which are chemicals and they are harmful. We need to open windows and use simple cleaning solutions, i.e. baking soda, vinegar, alcohol, etc., add water to those and many other natural items and everything will be super clean and safe to breath. Just my opinion. I have found that the best smell from a person is their natural smell. I am not talking no shower, just no scent added. Be natural, breathe pure things, especially love.
Can't handle it
- I have found out that living in a smoke environment for most of my life has made me super sensitive to smoke, perfume, cologne, some foods. and it has gotten worse as I have gotten older. So glad I am not alone. I have also told people to not wear it and they don't care. Gonna try the Vicks and see if that helps. My own parents don't understand. Need my own place.
- —Guest anti smoke
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