I collect testimonials from people who become ill from fragrance use. I do this because I want to make it visible that it is a bigger problem than people might think. The reason I blog about this is to spead information. Ida is a 12 year old girl who become ill from fragrance use. Read Ida’s story (I qoute):
When you are using perfume, Ida becomes ill
“-I get very ill when I sit next to someone with perfume or hairspray. The very worst spot Ida (12) may reside, are tax-free at the airport. – I get sick and get headache, says Ida to Side2.
The first time Ida was ill from fragrance, was the autumn holiday last year. – When at the airport, and I was standing and waiting for grandma right after where you ‘ve gone through the doors of the overseas flight. There is tax-free, and fragrance department. I stood for a while and wait, and got really sick and got very bad headache. I felt bad the rest of the day and the entire flight and was not in shape again until the following day. Sometimes the 7th grader from Lillehammer in Norway have it so bad that the rest of the day is ruined. Although the duty free at the airport is the worst place for Ida, she can beceome just as ill if she sits close to someone using scented products.
– I really notice it in stores and makeup departments, or if I sit close to someone who ‘s wearing perfume or hair spray that smells. Once, my older sister used hairspray that smelled, as both my dad and I got ill.
Next year Ida begin in middle school. Then she hopes that the students do not use too much perfume.
For Ida is this to not tolerate perfume pretty new and it is not always easy to know about all the products that contain fragrance. – One time after a school play I had to use makeup remover to remove makeup. The makeup remover contained perfume. I did not know, mom had bought it. The next day I received lots of eczema on the face, it was ugly, and itched terribly. I had to smear with cortisone and it took several days before it was gone.
Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association ( NAAF ) is organizing Thursday Fragrance Free Everyday to focus on the growing problem, which affects many. (Finally! Boggers comment)
Perfume allergy is in fact a growing problem in society and it affects people of all ages, including children and adolescents. In Denmark, nearly 200,000 people affected, and there is no reason to believe that we are very much better off here in Norway. – Perfume Allergies can affect anyone, it is not hereditary. Skin rashes and eczema can disappear if you stop using scented products, but will come back if they are exposed to this again. Those who react to perfume / fragrances through delicate mucous membranes, with mucus in the airways, itchy eyes and nose, have other challenges, says advisor to the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association, Rose Lyngra to Side2.
– The best thing would be if everyone stopped using perfume or things that contain perfume and strong odors. I do not see the point of it, says Ida. And then it’s not really only perfume, but the perfume is added to so many products. It’s certainly not as many who think about it, I did not think to check if it was perfume in the makeup remover, for example.
Midwife Janne Hundseth can tell that perfume allergy makes the skin red, itchy and that is dry and scaly, small blisters or weeping skin with crusting.
Other people experience irritation to the mucous membranes, especially eyes and nose from exposure to fragrance and those with pollen allergies or asthma may experience worsening of symptoms in contact with perfumes and fragrances.
If you notice that a child react to perfume you as a parent should completely avoid contact with perfumed products, and also everyone in the family. – Use only products with a contents list so you can see if the product contains perfume. Also use a moisturizer without perfume on dry skin. Tell your surroundings that you or your child is sensitive to perfume so that others can pay attention, says Hundstad.
Women are most at risk because they often use perfumed products like body lotions and deodorants, perfumes and sprays directly on the skin. For men ‘s colognes and aftershaves among the worst offenders.
Perfume is also used in, cleaning clothes and houses, perfume is often added in food and drink to add flavor, and it is present in products intended for children, especially such as toys or diapers.
Ida begin in middle school next year and is thinking and a bit excited about how it will go in terms of perfume allergy. Now it’s none of their peers who wear makeup or perfume. – It’s none of my schoolmates who wear makeup or any kind of such stuff. Depends a bit how it will be next year then, when I start school, for I have heard that there are quite many people use perfume.
– Disease to fragrance is increasing among children, this also includes contact dermatitis. One reason for this may be that parents choose products containing perfumes and fragrances for everyday use, says adviser NAAF Rose Lyngra.”
Really, you do never know who stands beside you having sensitivity and allergy to fragrance, so you should never wear it, period. This is my comment.
For some, a little is too much, others tolerate a bit more, while there are those who can not tolerate anything of fragrance at all. There are many nasty symptoms that stem from using perfume products, not only in the skin of those who have eczema. Others find perfume use as distressing and sickening in general without getting sick by it. Most people use perfume to make a good impression, but in very great extent has the opposite effect, and very many people avoid you instead. For sensitive people you are unaccessable for being around. There is no good reason to keep on with these fragrance ingredients today. There are so many fragrance free products that are just as good as the perfumed you are used to, but fragrance free do not bother most people. Fragrance free shampoo, conditioner, shower cream, shower gel, hygiene soap, lotion, makeup, deodorant, hair color, nail polish, hair spray, hair gel, hair wax, hair mousse, styling sprays, detergents, fabric softener, cleaning soaps, dish soap, dishwasher tablets, floor cleaning etc. They fewer would have added a peanut in glass to one who is allergic to nuts, or had eggs and gluten in food to someone who can not tolerate it, milk etc. All must eat and need food they can tolerate to live. Absolutely everyone must also breathe to live. If people perfume themselves, their clothes, premises, public transport, air in localities, restrooms, restaurants etc and using products that spread such substances when it is just as bad as putting something in the food to a person who can not tolerate it. All need to breathe to live, we can not stop breathing because others like perfume. Adding perfume into the air either directly by scented candles, incense, airfresheners, scent branding, cleaning products or by spreading it with the products you use on themselves or their clothes make the place being inaccessible to those who can not tolerate it due to their health. It can be likened to set up the stairs and take away elevators and ramps for a wheelchair user and movement hindered. People need to start thinking.
(For Norsk / Norwegian Side2.no, May 2014)
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