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My asthma no-no list

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Is there only one thing making people asthmatic? No. Lots of things can make a person have an outbreak of asthma. My asthma no-no list is long. When I tell people I got asthma it is very common to hear: Oh, pollen, animals and such? And often I hear that people often think there are only on kind of asthma, that it is only one kind of things one get asthmatic from. Many also seem to think it is only some kind of allergy, and that is not true. Asthma can be triggered by an allergy or even other stuff called irritants that make an asthma attack. Asthma is a disease of the lungs.

Me, I am not asthmatic to pollen, animals, food, or anything like the most common things most people get to hear about. But for me it works like this with pollen: It is not pollen itself I am asthmatic to, but if it gets to much pollen in the air I can react to the fact that the air is un-clean.

People with asthma also react to chemicals, smoke of different sorts and different kinds of pollution of the air both indoors and outdoors. All chemicals and chemical filled products emit fumes into the air that is to be regarded as pollution of the air. Therefore products people use on their person emitting scent is also to be regarded as air pollution. This also goes for products sticking to their person, clothes, room, tools and other things after use.
To take a light example: If a person with asthma can not use a schampo or other product themselves, this person is sick from the products scent / odor on you too.

My asthma no – no list is:

Fragranced products and as following:

  • acetone
  • after shave
  • air freshener
  • ammonia
  • anything on a spray bottle
  • a used ashtray
  • fumes from fresh asphalt
  • barns – not the barn itself but the air inside the barn
  • car cleaning agents
  • chlorine – both for cleaning and swimmingpool
  • chock and bad treatment
  • cleaning agents heated up – fumes get airborne – f.ex in kitchen when cleaning oven, stove, pots and pans
  • cold weather and physical activity
  • colds
  • cologne
  • conditioner
  • cookery fumes
  • degreaser solvents
  • deodorant (specially but not limited to spray deodorant)
  • diesel
  • diesel fumes
  • disinfectants
  • dissolvents
  • dust
  • enamel
  • exhaust
  • fabric softener
  •         fire extinguisher
  •         fire smoke
  • fog and cold weather
  • frying fumes
  • fumes from brand new fernitures
  • fumes from frying chilli pepper
  • gasoline
  • gasoline fumes
  • glass fiber, gelcoat, hardener and glue – f.eks making of boats
  • glue
  • grease/fat – for example pouring hot water in a greasy pan cleaning it even if the pan is cold
  • grease/fat – for lubrication
  • grief and hard personal psychological stress
  • hair bleach
  • hair dye
  • hair permanent liquid fumes
  • hairspray
  • very hot and dry weather
  • incense
  • lacquer
  • methylated spirits (rødsprit)
  • mold – even on a person
  • mosquito spray
  • mosquito poison
  • Nitrogen-  Freezing Treatment with liquid nitrogen
  • bug poison
  • pesticides
  • poison
  • nail polish
  • nail polish remover
  • oil
  • oil fumes
  • oven cleaner
  • paint fumes
  • perfume, fragrance and scents – in products, anywhere in the environment and
  • pipe- and plumbing cleanser like Plumbo (natriumhydroxide)
  • plastic – fluid or burning
  • psychological stress, like grief, mistreatment, a.s
  • road dust
  • scented candles
  • shampoo
  • shower cream
  • smog
  • smoke from fire
  • smoke from BBQ
  • smoke from candles put out
  • soap
  • spray paint
  • stress – stress, laughter, strong emotions, negative emotional stress.
  • tobacco smoke
  • tobacco scent
  • fumes from fresh tobacco
  • tobacco smokers breath
  • tobacco smokers fumes from  hair, skin and clothes a.s
  • tunnels – well not the tunnels itself but the exhaust, smog, road dust and lack of clean air and oxygen inside the tunnel.
  • un-clean air in general – when it gets too much
  • closed up spaces with bad air – closed warm/hot rooms
  • A room filled with people –  the fumes from them, and lack of fresh air in the room.
  • varnish
  • washing powder
  • fabric softener
  • washing liquid
  • washing up liquid
  • washing up powder
  • washing up dishes
  • washing up machine – fumes from opening the machine after use
  • wc cleaner
  • wc blocks
  • welding fumes
  • wet and cold weather
  • wet, cold weather and physical activity
  • weather changes
  • window and glass cleaner
  • fumes from commonly used hygiene products
  • fumes from ironing new fabric treated with chemicals
  • … and so on

Now you may think.. How on earth does she keep her self, clothes and the house clean? Well, I have to buy brands suitable for me. I can not use other perfume, color and chemical filled added brands you normally find in the shop without getting sick.

This list will be updated.

Unfortunately getting asthma put a limitation on what kind of jobs I can take. And I am not an A4 woman, I like to work with jobs not so commen for women.

Asthma no no – work
Jobs impossible for me to work with..

  • Auto repairist – to much oil, diesel, benzen, and fumes
  • Service job including people using fragrance, and use of fragrance
  • Kitchen – cookery fumes
  • Cook – cookery fumes
  • factory that produces any product containing any chemicals
  • fragrance shop – chemical fumes
  • Hamburger bar – cooking and frying fumes
  • Petrol station – petrol and chemical fumes.
  • chemical factory – chemical fumes
  • factory – dust, fibers and chems in the air
  • Cleaning – cleaning chemical fumes and fragrance fumes.
  • Cleaning agents – same as for cleaning
  • Warehouse – cause of all the dust there
  • Garage – se autorepair
  • Vehicle wash – solvents, degreaser, cleaning chemical fumes and fragrance fumes
  • Hair dresser – cleaning, chemical fumes and fragrance fumes
  • Gasolin/Diesel/Oil/Chem transportation/delivery – chemical fumes
  • Dish washer cleaning chemical fumes and fragrance fumes
  • Waitress – waiting tables – cause of people smoking at outdoors cafe/restaurant tables, and also heavily perfumed people.
  • Taxi driver: I can not sit in a small car, a small closed in space with people wearing perfume and smokers. In a car passengers sit all to close to the driver.
  • Truck driver:  I am not sure this profession would work for me since so many truck drivers  smoke in the trucks, and if I have to share a truck with a smoker that would not work.
  • Drivers school teacher: I can not sit in an small enclosed space with people wearing perfume, hairspray, smoke chemicals and other chemicals added to themselves. And it is a problem demanding every student to come showered in Neutral asthma and allergy associations approved products.
  • Ashpalt worker – asphalt fumes
  • Fire fighter – fire smoke
  • Pool life guard – chlorine
  • Professional swimmer –  chlorine
  • Welder – welding fumes
  • Fashion shop worker: due to that in such shops they most often also sell perfume, costmetics and hairstyling products, and modern clothes often holds chemical dusts.
  • Colonial shop: I can not handle/be around washing agents, and chemicals.
  • Cosmetics shop – same as for fragrance shop
  • Construction worker – a lot of dust I am afraid
  • Warehouse: Fork truck driver: Warehouses often got very much dust in them, and i get breathing problems in such environment.  I used to work with this, can not go back to it.
  • Bus driver : I have some problem with this job too, because of perfumed and smoking passengers. I have to say no to jobs where I have to drive perfumed people, like some siteseeing where people come showered with perfume to look nice to others. It is a pity they do not see fragrance make a barrier between them and others.
  • … adding more later

I have been working as a bus driver for a long time, and it works, but it is actually not the really best for me since I risk meetng a lot of people using perfume and smoke. And then I get sick. But since 2010 I have changed location working now in the country side and there are less fragrance and smokers people so it is a better environment for me.

But what should be the best job for my asthma? I like driving busses, it is fun, only sometimes my asthma disagree. Luckily not so often anymore.

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Author: Annelie

I like canoeing, photographing, friends, movies, food, humor, and going on trips. I dislike rudeness, dishonesty, violence, nastyness, and people not caring for others. I do not drink much, I do not smoke and I do not do drugs. I love friends who are kind to me and stick with me. If you want to give me a gift, the best gift is to stop smoking and stop using fragranced products. Then you give me health and that dear friend, is the best gift a person can get. It is a gift of love. I got asthma and I am hearing disabled.

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