Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Sniffle Sniffle – Knowing If You Are Allergic To Your Perfume

Does a whiff of your co-workers new fragrance give you a headache within a few minutes?  Does that new fashion magazine you got in the mail make your eyes water and sneeze?  Then join the number of people that are sensitive to fragrances.  Let’s explore this not so uncommon condition.

In today’s environment, perfumes are not the only products whose ingredients contain fragrances.  Fragrances are now being added to food additives, household cleaning agents, hair shampoo and sprays, shower gels, laundry detergent, cosmetics, scented candles, deodorant or other products, to name a few.  Below is a list of some of the more common symptoms of fragrance allergies:

•    Migraines
•    Wheezing
•    Nausea
•    Headache
•    Muscle pain
•    Itchy or watery eyes
•    Flulike symptoms
•    Contact dermatitis
•    Hives
•    Hoarseness
•    Anaphylactic shock

Just one or more of these symptoms may mean that you are allergic to an ingredient or ingredients in a fragrance or a product.  If you suffer from asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis or other allergy-related conditions your symptoms could be even more severe.  Some of these symptoms however can also be a signal for illnesses or reactions to certain substances rather than the fragrance themselves. 

Perfume allergies can range from mild and irritating to life threatening.  This list of ingredients in fragrances may cause allergic reactions.  Although the list is long and growing, there are some common offenders that could be causing your discomfort:

•    Acetone
•    Amylcinnamic alcohol
•    Anisyl alcohol
•    Benzyl alcohol
•    Benzyl salicylate
•    Benzyl acetate
•    Camphor
•    Essential oils
•    Musk

Be observant to your surroundings and start recognizing those things that seem to trigger symptoms.  If and when all possible eliminate them from your environment.  New products should always be introduced slowly and one at a time.  They should be used sparingly at first and if you see an escalation in your symptoms then discontinue using that product immediately.  Seek medical attention immediately if you have difficulty in breathing or swallowing after being exposed to a new perfume or cologne.

Unfortunately, doctors are compounding the problem by prescribing medications trying to alleviate their patients’ symptoms without finding out the root cause.  Knowing what is to blame for triggering allergy symptoms is more efficient than taking over the counter or prescribed medication which could be masking a larger issue.

Before deciding that perfume is the culprit causing havoc on your health, rule out all other possibilities.  Many people become ill after using cleaning products, wearing brand new clothing, dry-cleaned clothes, newly installed carpeting, paint and other home renovations. Many of these products contain flame retardants, benzenes, and formaldehydes as part of their ingredients.  Many adults as well as children are having allergy side effects when they encounter these situations then when they wear or come in contact with perfume.

Our goal at Perfume Aromas is to ensure that every customer is satisfied with their fragrance purchase.  Visit our website today.


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