“Before her mom enrolled her five-year-old daughter, Sophie, in ballet classes at the local recreation center she went to the ballet studio to sniff around. Literally.
For some, the symptoms of a fragrance allergy involve skin irritation. For Sophie, the symptoms are a little more serious. An encounter with perfumes, a laundry vent wafting scented detergent, most cleaning products, or air fresheners, not to mention shampoos, moisturizers, or sunscreens, can send her to the emergency room with respiratory problems.”
Her mom went to the ballet school to check out if it was safe for her daughter to go to school there, but found there had to be changes done before sending her to school.
“She spoke with the staff about the cleaning regime, and learned that the floor was routinely washed with a scented product. After some discussions, the rec center staff agreed to wash the floors of the ballet studio with water on the morning of Sophie’s class, and also asked the teacher to refrain from wearing scented products on the class day.”
“Allergic reactions to fragrance are common, and appear to be on the rise. Many fragrances are factory-made from petroleum. Some are engineered to grow stronger over time (such as some laundry detergent fragrances, designed to fight the smell of dirty clothes). Fragrance allergens commonly used in cleaning products include limonene, Hexyl cinnamal, citronellol, butylphenyl methylpropional, linalool, geraniol, and benzyl Salicylate.”
“Sophie is home-schooled. She can’t go to Target, Walmart, or Marshalls, because of the fragrances there. The family can’t travel by airplane or stay in hotels, so they go car camping to get away. Even having relatives visit is difficult, as many hotels use plug-in air fresheners that linger on clothes and trigger reactions in Sophie. And every time Sophie goes to the hospital for breathing problems, there are a myriad of other artificial fragrances in hand sanitizer and other products that can trigger Sophie’s allergies.”
Source and read more: Huffingtonpost.com
Since I know first hand what it is like being sensitive and get respiratory problems from fragrance I can only say: – I know what Sophie is going through and I can only say to you all:
THINK BEFORE YOU STINK!