Fragrance allergies are hardly a new topic. Many people suffer from them due to the widespread adoption to fragrance in most of our household goods. Any of the following are sources of these allergens:
- fabric softeners – For the laundry, you know fabric softeners deliberately add fragrance to your clothing.
- carpet shampoo – Due to foot traffic and pets, many homeowners shampoo their carpets. If a professional service comes to do it, you can bet the carpet will be left with some type of citrus, berry, or other “clean” scent.
- hair shampoo – Most shampoos carry some type of fragrance.
- aroma sprays – To freshen the scent of a room; you’re subjected to room sprays.
- furniture polish – Citrus scents are often used in this industry.
- colognes and perfumes – Any body spray or even the Jennifer Aniston perfume may trigger an allergy attack.
- hair care items – The hair sprays and gels you use in your hair contain perfumes.
- laundry detergent – This is a commonly scented item as most people enjoy their clothes smelling a certain way.
You may find yourself susceptible. You may sneeze, get watery eyes, have a runny nose, become dizzy, have trouble breathing or even have mild skin irritation due to fragrance allergies.
So why does it even occur and is there any way to protect yourself against them?
The “What” and “Why” behind fragrance allergies
What they are:
These are common allergic reactions to scented products. Sufferers will feel cold or flu-like symptoms when exposed to any of the perfumes added to the products listed in bullet form previously.
Why people get fragrance allergies:
Some doctors believe it as simply a reaction of multiple chemical sensitivity. There is no definitive answer to what causes it, but the geometry of one’s nose plays a pivotal role. No two people have identical olfactory response so it is a case to case basis in terms of sensitivity to irritants found within fragrant sprays or products.
Prevention and treatment
Now that you know what you’re feeling when a nauseating scent wafts by and why, the next questions are simple. You’ll likely want to know if there’s a way to prevent and treat this condition so that you don’t have to worry about it anymore.
Here are a few tips to help you prevent an attack:
- If the fragrances are at work, try moving to a new desk.
- Carry a portable fan to help ventilate fragrances.
- Politely ask people who are using heavy sprays or fragrances to tone it down (if it affects you).
- Buy an air purifier and run it at home or work where you are exposed to fragrances.