After being the first Norwegian doctor publicly (including on NRK) declared battle against pollution perfume, dr. H. Aa. Hansen have come via the web in contact with patients throughout the world.
Patient contacts have strengthened dr. H. Aa. Hansen belief that it is fragrance in hygiene products that are hazardous to health, not hygiene in itself, as some here at home so far believed.
A quarter of Norwegian youth has asthma, it is in reality a national disaster. This gives you asthma including increased risk of fatal COPD* later in life. However, modern asthma medicine is so effective that patients and doctors easily forget the hazards of disease extent, and that the best treatment is still trying to find the reasons, to get rid of asthma. Unfortunately, few people seem to be interested in it.
Not many years ago, smokers could stand spread in all arenas. People with sensitive lungs could protest as much as they wanted, the smoke was a legal product that was lit where you found it for good. So it is no longer, the health argument has trump all other arguments, and no tobacco is rolled back by law. It is thus marginalized as soon as the public health problem.
Now is the perfume used as the main challenge, which most people are able to recognize the individual level. If person A on the job stinks so strongly of perfume, that person B gets sick of it and unable to be there anymore – it is then B must quit the job, or is it A, which must begin to meet up with odor-free clothing ? I would think that B’s claim of fresh air will be regarded as more legitimate than the A’s desire to get use perfume, in unlimited quantity, anywhere and anytime.
Perfume gases primarily from clothing, hair and skin of the user, but also sits in a house and car interiors, from which one gets the secondary gassing for up to months and years. The gases are causing a number of “states” as Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), Building Related Illness (BRI) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). Primary and secondary perfume gassing has been so dominant as disease cause, and give a typical picture, depending on exposure level and time, that there may be reason to define a separate syndrome; Perfume Related Illness (PRI), or on the Norwegian perfume sick.
Regardless, perfume and tobacco smoke two sides of the same pollution, and perfume use is so extensive now in 2011, the entire social body must be said to be ill and injured perfume, in addition to that it is still tobacco-damaged. The difference is that while tobacco damages is pending, with the Tobacco Act as medicine, perfume is not the damage taken up for discussion even in the responsible agencies.
With the honorable exception of the Asthma and Allergy Association, which at the congress in 2010 adopted a goal of a smoke-and fragrance-free public spaces. It is the only sensible in a public health perspective.”
Published 11 May by dr. H. Aa. Hansen at nyemeninger.no, translated and published here for further commentaries.
* COPD is same as KOLS in Norway and KOL in Sweden.
I have myself experienced that person A stinks so strongly from perfume that person B (me) got sick from it. It is not a very nice situation. My lungs went on strike and i got asthma problems. This have happened both at work and outside of work. Your perfume is my poison.
Same happens all the time with tobacco use too. Why must I breathe in your poison? If you like it so much, then keep it to yourself. I certainly do not want any of it.
Unfortunately both smoke and perfume is bad for us with asthma and lung disease. What people do not know or do not think of is that if they did not smoke and use perfume life for all asthmatic and allergic, and those with COPD would be much improved. To stay healthy we need to be free from what make us sick. Have you ever thought of how hard it actually is to avoid those things in the public room? There are perfume and chemicals in almost everything now. Personal hygiene products, washing products, makeup, hairspray, hair gel, air fresheners, tea lights, clothes, cars, and a lot of other stuff. Thousands of persons use it and they go all over with what they use. How to avoid it? It is just as the dr. in the article says, those with asthma and allergy and other diseases triggered by perfume and smoke should be prioritized. If you hurt your back or break your leg would you not like to be taken care of by us? I sure think I have the same rights as you to breathe freely without problem. Don’t you think so too?
And on of top of it all: If an asthmatic person do not stay away from what make him/her sick and get the right treatment, it can evolve into a chronic disease and even to COPD later in life. Medicines help, but one have to stay away from what make oneself ill anyway. So for a person having asthma it is VERY important to not be subjected to any of what make the asthmatic person ill. Not only for the short-term health, but also for the long-term health.