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To take the bus is like russian roulette – Kicki Djärv – vk.se

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Att inte tåla det som är i luften

“Att åka buss är en chansning, Kicki Djärv måste alltid vara beredd på att kliva av. Teater är lönlöst och inför varje vattengympapass håller hon tummarna för att ingen överdoserat hårspray. Kicki har astma och allergi och parfym gör henne sjuk. Vi ska träffas hemma i Kickis lägenhet på Ålidhem och jag har verkligen tänkt mig för den här morgonen. Det flesta burkar och flaskor jag har i mitt badrum innehåller parfym av något slag; schampot, tvålen, hudlotionen, deodoranten och hårsprayen. Jag försöker göra mig så ”doftfri” som möjligt men det hjälper ändå inte. För Kicki reagerar på sköljmedlet som sitter kvar i min tröja. Även om det påverkar andningen så vet jag att det går över. Det svåra är att det byggs på. Det kan gå bra ett tag, men blir det flera doser efter varandra blir jag sjuk till slut. Jag förstår inte varför det måste finnas parfym i precis allt. Tvättmedel till exempel, jag kan inte ens gå in i tvättstugan och min man måste köra tre tomma maskiner för att få bort alla tvätt- och sköljmedelsrester. Jag kan åka buss, men kliver det på något som har mycket parfym på sig måste jag kliva av. Bio går hyfsat om vi sätter oss längst bak i fåtöljerna där det är lite avstånd till nästa rad, men teater går inte till min stora sorg. Jag har försökt många gångar. Av någon anledning ”besprutar” sig folk lite extra när de ska på teater. Jag klarar inte ens att stå i foajén. Jag kan inte andas.” vk.se

Veldig mange er sjuke av din parfymebruk, ikke bare det du sprayer på deg eller har i ansiktet og under armene, men også av de produkter du bruker som innholder parfyme. Vis hensyn til dem som sliter, bruk parfymefrie produkter.

In English

When the health do not tolerate what is in the air

“Bus travel is a gamble, Kiki Bold must always be prepared to get off. Theatre is futile and before each water aerobics session she keeps fingers crossed that no overdosed hairspray. Kiki has asthma and allergy and perfume makes her sick. We’ll meet at home in Kickis apartment in Ålidhem and I really have thought me this morning. The most cans and bottles I have in my bathroom contains perfumes of any kind; shampoo, soap, lotion, deodorant and hair spray. I try to make myself as “fragrance free” as possible, but it does not really. For Kiki reacts to rinse agent that remain in my shirt. Although it affects breathing, I know that it will pass. The difficulty is that it is built on. It may be fine for a while, but becomes the several doses I become sick in the end. I do not understand why there has to be perfume in just about everything. Detergent for example, I can not even go into the laundry room and my husband have to run three empty machines to remove all detergent and fabric softener residue. I can ride the bus, but stepping it on something that has a lot of perfume on themselves, I have to get off. Bio runs decently if we sit in the back of the chairs where there is little distance to the next line, but the theater is not to my great sorrow. I have tried many times. For some reason, “spraying” the people a little extra when they should be at the theater. I can not even stand in the foyer. I can not breathe.” vk.se

Very many are sick from your perfume use, not only from what you spray on you or put on your face and armpits, but also of the products you use that contain perfume. Show respect to those who are struggling, use perfume free products.

 

Source: vk.se


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Scents limits Bittans life – Bittan Lagerman – mvt.se

Fragrances limit Bittan’s life

“Scent is often associated with something positive. What you smell good” and so on. For Bittan Lagerman this word now  got another, more negative connotation.

It has crept in over several years, says Motala woman who gets sick of scent from perfumes and perfumed hygiene products, detergents and fabric softeners.

I get terribly hoarse and could barely talk. And I get a tightness in the chest so that it becomes hard to breathe.

Bittan sought help from a health center in the spring. When she said she suspected that her complaints had to do with scent she did not get much sympathy I started to do research myself online. And so I took notes on when I become poor and what I did when I was there.

Eventually she come to the ear nose throat clinic in Linköping and on to the Allergy Centre and where an investigation has begun.  They think I may have SHR says Bittan.

SHR stands for sensory hyperreactivity, ie, respiratory symptoms triggered by chemicals or fragrances.

Bittan had to change her life. Continue reading


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MCS sufferer killed himself – dailymail.co.uk

Suicide, housebound, fragrance, smoke and chemicals

MCS sufferer sensitive to fragrance, smoke and other chemicals committed suicide by shooting himself.

This might be a posting a bit hard to chew, since it is a harsh reality posting. Being allergic and sensitive to fragrance can make you disabled. Those struggling the worst can not be among people and have to be housebound Continue reading


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Pharmacy in Stockholm reported

Fragrance Products pollutes the air

Medical Newspaper Dagens Medicin reports: A woman (not me) in Sweden experienced the same issue as me and reported the Pharmacy  in the Chain of Apoteket AB in Stockholm to Swedish Health and Social Care Inspectorate (IVO) complaint on People trying Products perfumed and polluting the air.

According to the complaint the pharmacy is selling a lot of fragranced and scented Products located in the entrence of the pharmacy. People stand there and test the Products and the Chemicals and content of the Product gasses of to the air an pollute the indoor air so the woman get sick.
http://www.dagensmedicin.se/artiklar/2014/03/10/apotek-anmals-for-parfymerade-produkter/

I totally agree With her. It is about time we get Equality and Availability Access on Equal terms.  Well done to stand up for herself and tell them NO! I am all on her side. I have experienced the same thing myself here in Norway.
https://anneliemolin.wordpress.com/2012/11/16/at-the-pharmacy-perfume-by-annelie-molin/

Is the air for everyone?

Norway “According to the Norwegian public reports,” NOU 2005: 8 of equality and accessibility. Legal protection against discrimination on grounds of disability. Defined disability as “Fuksjonshemming occurs when there is a gap between the individual’s abilities and design or function in surroundings / environment / buildings.” “

Sensitivity to the environment is protected by law. When triggered sensitivity to pollution in the environment an individual become sick. The ability to be in the environment is therefore limited.

Discrimination and Accessibility From New Year 2009 in Norway it is illegal to discriminate against persons with disabilities in all areas of society. The new law of 2009 gives the right to access everywhere in society.

17.02.2009 Equality and Anti-discrimination Ombud: The freedom to function in society should be equal for everyone.

“Equality and Anti-discrimination Ombud enforces anti-discrimination and Accessibility Act (dtl), which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. The Act also has provisions on universal design, see § 9, and individual arrangements, see § 12 Several of the problems with asthma, allergies and sensitivities can raise questions for dtl. “Equality and Diskrimineringsomdudet LDO
http://www.ldo.no/no/ombudet/Nyheter/Arkiv/Nyheter-i-2012/Er-luften-for-alle-/

pharmacy, apotek, allergy, allergi, sensitivity, asthma, astma, fragrance, perfume, parfyme, parfym


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Airplane flight and perfume – Scott Gordon – kgw.com

Fragrance on a Airplane threat to Health and life.

From Kgw.com:

Scott Gordon was returning from a business trip on Sunday.  He was traveling by himself, on a flight from Phoenix to Seattle.

“My eyes started watering and my head started to pound and I just, it kept on hitting me, I kept on smelling it,” he said.

The smell he’s talking about was the perfume of someone on board the plane.

Gordon has always been overly sensitive to certain fragrances, and says this was one of the worst episodes he’s experienced in his life.

Read the article and view the video:
http://www.kgw.com/lifestyle/health/Man-passes-out-from-perfume-on-Seattle-flight-226304531.html


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130 000 got COPD at work in Norway

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Støv, gass, damp, røyk og partikler fra kjemikalier og andre stoffer

Mange arbeidsplasser er fylt med farlige partikler som kan gi kols. Rundt en tredel av de nesten 400.000 som er rammet av den alvorlige lungesykdommen kols i Norge, er blitt syke av ting de er utsatt for på jobb – såkalt yrkesrelatert kols. I dag (2013) er over 130.000 nordmenn rammet av såkalt yrkesrelatert kols, basert på tall fra Hordalandsundersøkelsen.

Ikke bare er dette omfanget langt større enn forskerne har trodd – utbredelsen av kols øker også mye raskere enn forventet.

“Kols har alltid vært forklart med røyking, og det er fortsatt den viktigste årsaken til kols. Men vi ser nå at stadig flere grener av yrkeslivet har belastninger som har stor betydning for utvikling av kols – og en mye større betydning enn vi lenge har trodd.”  O. K.Refvem, lungespesialist og tidligere leder av Nasjonalt Kolsråd.

Det nå er behov for en mye bredere oppmerksomhet rundt yrkesrelatert kols.

Yrker der lenge har vært kjent at KOLS er et problem  er smelteverk, metallindustri, gruve- og tunnelarbeid, asfaltbransjen frisør, baker, renholder og bonde. Skadelige gasser er en risiko for lungene.

Arbeidstilsynet oppdager årlig mellom 2.000 og 3.000 nye tilfeller av arbeidsrelatert kols. Samtidig dør rundt 200 personer hvert år av det samme. Det er fire til fem ganger så mange enn de som omkommer i arbeidsulykker.

KIlde: http://e24.no/jobb/130-000-har-faatt-kols-paa-jobb/20944955

Vi er konstruert å puste luft, IKKE kjemikalier!  Tenk før du tilsetter luften duft og bruker stoffer som sprer om seg i luften!

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Dust, gases, vapors, fumes and particles from chemicals and other substances

Many jobs are filled with dangerous particles that can cause COPD. Around one third of the nearly 400,000 people affected by the severe lung disease COPD in Norway, has been sick with things they are exposed to at work – so-called occupational COPD. Today (2013) are over 130,000 Norwegians affected by so-called occupational COPD, based on figures from the Hordaland Health Study.

Not only is this scale far greater than scientists thought – the prevalence of COPD also increases much faster than expected.

“COPD has always been explained by smoking, and it is still the main cause of COPD. But we are now seeing more and more branches of the workplace has loads of great importance for the development of COPD – and a much more significant than we have long believed . “Refvem, pulmonary specialist and former head of the National Kolsråd.

There is now a need for a much broader awareness of occupational COPD.

Occupations which has long been known that COPD is a problem is melting, metals, mining and tunneling, asphalt industry, hairdresser, baker, cleaner and farmer. Harmful gases are a risk to the lungs.

Labour Inspectorate discovers annually between 2,000 and 3,000 new cases of work-related COPD. While about 200 people die each year of the same. There are four to five times more than those who die in accidents.

Source: http://e24.no/jobb/130-000-har-faatt-kols-paa-jobb/20944955

We are designed to breathe air, not chemicals! Think before you add fragrance to the air and add Chemicals that gasses off and is spread in the air.


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Introduce and state perfume policys in all workplaces – Lisa Billö

Interview in SVT Debatt:

Make and introduce policies for perfumes in all workplaces

“PERFUME FREE – Chemical intolerance is a hidden disability that affects up to one in three humans. But for those who can not tolerate such fragrances is difficult to ask other people to “adapt” – and many of my friends have opted out of friendship for the benefit of their perfumes. By abstaining perfumes at work and at school, we can reduce sick leave for all, writes Lisa Billö.

Becoming sick of perfume chemicals is a rapidly growing health problem. Whole 10-30 percent of the population is affected by some form of sensitivity to chemical agents, and more than three per cent are so severely injured that they greatly restricted in their daily lives.

Obvious things like grocery shopping in a business can mean long illness for me and others who are suffering from MCS, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity – or chemical intolerance, as it is also called. This means that you get sick of a low dose of chemicals, a handicap that makes it not free to reside in the community, among other things because of other people’s perfumes.

I can not sit on a bus with other people who use scented products, go to the movies, theater, restaurant, seek treatment or go to private parties and events.

Asking other people to “adapt” itself is hard. Many of my friends have opted out of our friendship in favor of their perfumes. My children are getting sick every day in school because of friends ‘and teachers’ perfumed products and fabric softeners. This means that they miss a lot of teaching. Once they are there, they have the same opportunity to benefit from the instruction as other children, because of the symptoms they get.

Because it is a hidden disability they are also met by questioning from the principal and staff.

In many of our members, have often ruined economy as a result of sickness, and even loss of service. In many cases it could have been avoided by understanding colleagues and surroundings. Most are doing well in a healthy environment and are then fully or partially working.

Living with MCS greatly affect an individual’s ability to school, work and livelihood, but also leads many times to the great social isolation.

Perfume contains 95-100 percent of synthetic chemicals, which means that even people who are not chemically intolerant or allergic adversely affected. Children are particularly vulnerable. Headache, nausea, difficulty concentrating, and fatigue are common symptoms.

As with tobacco smoking affected the environment, whether they want to or not, so-called passive perfumery. By abstaining perfumes in the workplace can not only avoid unnecessary sick leave but also reduce absenteeism and for all. Fragrances affect the environment even on the bus, in the store, school and other public places.

Fragrances can be found in deodorants, shampoos, hair styling products, shaving products, skin creams, detergents, fabric softeners and cleaning Products and such fragranced products. To all products are as good fragrance-free options.

Besides chemicals in perfumes can also tobacco smoke, fabric softener, mold, emissions from building materials, inks, chemicals in electronic appliances, furniture and textiles, candles and car exhaust trigger symptoms. Common symptoms of MCS can be dizziness, nausea, brain fog, aches in muscles and joints, mucus in the throat, hoarseness, cough, nasal congestion, chest pain, palpitations, rash, fever, mood swings and depression.

MCS Sweden, the National Association for mold and chemicals damaged work for not more people will suffer and for those already injured will be staying in society on an equal basis with others.

Therefore we seek a perfume policy in all workplaces and schools, where employees are encouraged to use fragrance-free products.”

Lisa Billö, Founder MCS Sweden

Source: SVT DEBATT (Swedish original)

My point

Since I have asthma I can only agree with Lisa and all MCS affected that fragrance stinks.

Perfume-2013 is chemicals. Although it smells good so it’s chemicals. In perfume, we find among other synthetic musk (is on the EU blacklist), parabens (endocrine disruptors), toluene, formaldehyde (what you embalm dead with), benzol, methylchlorid, benzyl chloride, methyl ethyl ketone, methylene chloride, toluene and phthalates, etc.

The Environmental Health Association in Quebec, Canada: information at www.aseq-ehaw.ca:
“For some chemicals in perfumes can have serious health effects. Babies and children are most vulnerable as people who is suffering from chemical intoleranse Such as Environmental sensitivites and Chemical Sensitivities, and people recovering from cancer and other illnesses. “…” Perfumes are Considered to be the most consentrated form of fragrance. Fragrance … can be extracted from plants, flowers, and animals. Today … 80-95 percent of fragrance materials are synthetic and are derived from petroleum. … Some of the chemicals found in fragrances are: aldehydes, benzyl acetate, toluene, ethanol, acetone, benzene derivatives, formaldehyde, limonene, methylene chloride, methyl ethyl ketone, benzyl chloride and many others known to cause cancer, birth defects, infertility, nervous system damage, allergy symptoms, headaches, difficulty breathing, eye, nose and throut irritation and other injuries. … The brain is overpriced impacted by fragrances containing neurotoxic compounds. ”

The Sunday Times http://www.timesonline.co.uk tells us about scientists thathave found Cancer Causing chemicals in known perfume brands.
“SCIENTISTS have found high levels of a chemical blamed for Causing infertility in some of the best-known perfumes and cosmetics. Chanel No. 5, Christian Dior’s Poison, Eternity from Calvin Klein and Trésor by Lancôme, were among 34 toiletries found by a Swedish study to containers di-ethylhexyl Phthalate (DEHP) or other phthalates. ”

At Rodale http://www.rodale.com we can read
“The new research detected That the labels of popular perfumes do list harmful fragrance chemicals linked to sperm damage, hormone disruption which is linked to some cancers, thyroid disease, obesity, diabetes, and other serious health problems, reproductive toxicity, and allergy problems. The study was released on the heels of the President’s Cancer Panel report, Which Suggests environmental factors like hormone-disrupting chemicals in consumer products, plastics, and pesticides used on our food could be causing many more cases of cancer than initially believed. The … Cancer Panel report recommends That pregnant women and couples planning to’ve become pregnant avoid exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals due to cancer concerns. These chemicals That May play a role in cancer were found in many of the fragrances Analyzed for this study. … “Secondhand scents Also included are a big concern. One person using a fragranced product can cause health problems for many others “second page:” Just because your favorite fragrance was not on the list does not mean it’s safe. In fact, harmful fragrance chemicals are used in thou sands of products and are Not Listed on the label. It seems like you shouldhave the right to know how These seemingly innocent perfumes and colognes are Affecting your health. But unfortunately, manufacturers do not have to list warnings or even the actual ingredients used in fragrance blends, on the label. And the problem isn’ta limited to perfumes and body sprays. We are blasted with harmful synthetic fragrances every day in the form of scented cleaners, hair sprays and dyes, air fresheners, candles, shampoos, soaps, perfumes, and body sprays. Research is finding thatmany of These scented products interfere with our hormones, Which Regulate how our bodily systems function. “One of the coalition members for this research was the Breast Cancer Fund. Read the whole story: http://www.rodale.com/perfume-ingredients

Perfume also contains chemicals that is suspected be the cause of cancer.

See list of IFRA https://anneliemolin.wordpress.com/2013/03/02/what-is-in-fragrance-the-content-of-perfume/

Very many of these chemicals is also found in tobacco smoke and some also in brake fluid.

For those who have MCS goes on the contents of that smell, more than the smell. This is also true for us who have asthma.

/ Annelie


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The scent mania makes ill personell

Airport smelled too good – staff sick

They had installed designer fragrance in the Tax Free area at Landvetter airport in December 2012 and it became too strong. Several of the staff got sick. Now the case is reported to the Swedish Work Environment Authority.

They installed four scent machines inside the duty-free shop. The machines went on maximum power and a risk assessment was not made.

After several of the staff had problems with dry eyes, nasal congestion, and nosebleeds hit Swedish Labour Inspection Authority alarm. Two of them were forced to take asthma medications.

Now, the employer must arrange health track and also arrange for odor source either be removed or the ventilation is enhanced.

Source: Expressen.se

I must say it is madness to install such scent puffing machines. It makes the area unavailable to those who already have asthma, allergy and sensitivity, and it also makes those not sensitive become ill. If someone have ones developed asthma in adult age it is for life. Those People here are maybe forced to change occupation now after the employer have gone over the limit of what their bodies can stand.

I myself can not enter a perfume store at all. And even less a store using fragrance marketing. A store with both perfume and scent marketing together is like hell ten times.

We are designed to Breathe air not fragrance.

Read more on reactions in a perfume store


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The sensitivity trap – by Annelie Molin

This is how asthma can affect your life, or rule it.

Due to the bad roads were I work I have a bad work-day all days at work. One get shaken, not stirred. Badly shaken.

I have asked to get a new bus, a bus that better absorb the movements and shaking released from the bad road and give a better day.

If I do not get that I have two options.

  1. endure. Wich I will not. Workday is too bad.
  2. change workplace. But then I have my asthma to consider. I might end up getting it like before having a bad asthma day every day.

As a bus driver one meet people all day long. All these people mostly wear some fragrance, either as perfume and aftershave, or as fragrance products on their person or in their clothes. Also very many smokes and stink of tobacco chemicals. All of this are substances that makes me sick in asthma. Result is clogged lungs all day long and forced to use a lot of medicine.

I like the job as a bus driver, but the part of the job that include humans too often force on me what make me ill:

  • fragrance
  • tobacco chemicals

Where I work now there are less of this air pollution. Less perfumers and less smokers, and even fewer people = less of the chemical air pollution. We also clean the busses and offices fragrance free for the benefit of my health. Even cleaner air. And it works. I rarely have any asthma problems now. It is a long time since I was ill actually. I am still sick since asthma is chronic, but I rarely have any symptoms now. That is really good. It is lovely! In this it feels like life is finally smiling again after so many bad asthma years. I actually did not believe it was possible to ever get this well, and I want it to last.

Now I am in the situation that the bad roads and the bad bus make a bad work environment and it affect both my work day, my health and my will to be working there. One is so many hours at work. I am badly shaken and totally worn down every day at work. I just wish for a better day.

A new bus would improve the situation. A better bus would make it better, but honestly it would not eliminate the shaking. Maybe I would have a little better day, but it will not improve the roads.

Get a new job you say?

I could just make a call to the main office and ask for a transfer, but then again I risk getting those bad asthma days back. Looking for a total new place to work always hold in store the same risk.

To have to choose between the two:

Having a bad day worn down, or risk getting sick like before years. I do not want to get sick in asthma all day long again, it is too hard, and I do not want to have a bad work day feeling worn down at the end of every day.

That is the asthma trap. Loss of freedom to easily change a situation.

A fragrance free and smoke free world, and good roads.

If I could only have it all.

But then again, how to make everyone go tobacco and fragrance free?

I wish there were a law against such polluting of the air we all share and make people sick, and I wish people could think of their fellow-man who get ill from their use of fragrance and tobacco.

Peace

/ Annelie


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Perfume and Air pollution – Or Second hand fragrance

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Parfyme en luftforurensning – eller Passiv parfyme

Ved en yrkesskade i 2007 fikk jeg astma og er blitt meget plaget pga kjemikalier og herunder bland annet parfyme og tobakk. Parfyme av idag er ikke blomster, men i hver parfyme er både benzenprodukter, alkoholer, løsemidler, ftalater, kjemikalier m.m. og mange av de er både kreftframkallende, allergiframkallende, irriterende for hud, slimhinner og luftveiene m.m. Luftveiene strekker seg helt ned i bronkiene i lungene og ut til Alveolene som er de som transporterer oksygen til blodet og resten av kroppens organer. Luften vi puster inneholder også alt som fordamper, støver og avgassing fra alt omkring oss, inkludert fra mennesker. Alt går videre ut i blodet. Røyk er idag et kjent slik fenomen med avgassing, men det de ferreste tenker over er avgassing fra parfyme / etterbarberingsvann og parfyme i parfymerte produkter, så kalte luftoppfriskere, signaturdofter (fragrance marketing), parfymerte rengjøringsprodukter m.m. Dette er en forurensning av luften med kjemikalier som irriterer luftveiene, og spesielt for sensitive hvilke inkluderer de med lungesjukdom. Visste du forresten at astma og allergi teller som handikap og er omfattet av Diskriminerings- og tilgjengelighetsloven? Continue reading


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Discrimination – by Annelie Molin

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Diskriminering av arbeidssøkere

For tiden snakkes det mye om diskriminering fra arbeidsgivere når arbeidssøkere søker arbeid.

Er det greit med slik utplukking av “feilfrie” arbeidstakere?

Jeg mener nei. Det er feil av en arbeidsgiver å nekte en person jobb på grunnlag av handikap, og om mulig arbeidsgivers egen ukunnskap om handikapet. Det er feil å nekte en med handikap arbeid fordi en handikapet kan gjøre en akkurat like god jobb som noen annen.

Så hva med meg?

Jo, jeg har et par handikap. To. Jeg har hørselskade og noe som kalles miljøhemming grunnet sensitivitet. Og nei, det er ikke torgskrekk eller noe psykisk. Miljøhemming er når en astmatisk ikke kan være et sted fordi der f.eks. blir røyket, eller brukt eller sprayet med parfyme, vasket med feil rengjøringsprodukter, feil blomster e.l. Hemmingen ligger i at miljøet blir utilgjengelig for personen grunnet luftforurensning.

Ja, og også i andre situasjoner kan det skje at folk ser litt rart på en om man vedgår at man har handikap. Jeg har som sagt både hørselskade og miljøhemming grunnet asthma, og spesielt miljøhemming grunnet sensitivitet er noe som folk ikke kan forstå og ofte synes at jeg må tilpasse meg dei. Men hvordan å fortelle lungene at de skal tåle parfyme og røyk bare fordi andre vil bruke det?

Og om det å høre. Det er forskjell på å være døv og å være hørselskadet. Hørapparat bruker man for å kunne høre, ikke det motsatte. Jeg jobber som alle andre, og jeg ser egentlig ikke meg selv som handikapet. Jeg har et lite handikap, jeg er ikke mitt handikap. Jeg har mange gode evner, kunnskaper, personlige sider osv. Jeg har noen utfordringer i det daglige liv, og jeg har lært meg å leve med det, og å mestre det. Jeg hører i grunn ganske bra da ene øret er feilfritt, og med hørapparatet på det andre øret så hører jeg enda bedre. Men så fort du sier du har hørapparat så ser folk ibland litt rart på en, spesielt arbeidsgivere. Og det er no litt dumt synes jeg, fordi man har som sagt hørapparat for å høre, ikke for å ikke høre.

Mennesker med hørapparat er ikke døve, de hører.
Mennesker med miljøhemming  grunnet sensitivitet er ikke rare, de er friske i frisk og ren luft.

“Å google en kandidat er ikke ulovlig, men å forkaste en søker på bakgrunn av den informasjonen de finner på Facebook eller andre nettsteder, er ifølge Arbeidsmiljøloven ikke tillatt.”

“Innhenting av helseopplysninger ved ansettelse, eller bruk av informasjon om sykdom, vil fort være i strid med Diskrimineringsloven eller Arbeidsmiljøloven.

Annelie

Les: Aftenposten: Jeg har vurdert å ta med bandopptaker på intervju
Les: NRK; Arbeidsgivere ønsker ikke syke folk

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Discrimination of job seekers

Discrimination from employers when job seeking efforts is now a hot topic in the news. Is that okay with so picking the “flawless” workers?

I mean no. It is wrong for an employer to deny a person a job on the basis of disability, and if possible the employer’s own lack of knowledge on a handicap. It is wrong to deny a handicaped work because a handicaped can make just as good a job as any other.

So what about me?

Yes, I have a some handicap. Two. I have hearing loss and something called environmental inhibition from sensitivity. And no, it’s not square fright or something mental. Environmental Inhibition from sensitivity is when for example an asthmatic can not be somewhere because there eg. are smoked, or used or sprayed with perfume, using the wrong cleaning agent, wrong flowers, etc. The inhibition is that the environment becomes unavailable to the person due to air pollution.

Yes, and in other situations it may happen that people look a bit odd on me if I admit that I got disabilities. For one it does not show from looking at me. I have both hearing loss and environmental inhibition due to asthma, and especially environmental inhibition from sensitivity is something that people can not understand and often find that I have to adapt to them. But how to tell the lungs to withstand perfume and smoke just because others want to use it? The lungs live their own life and do not care what I or your think.

And about hearing loss. There is a difference between being deaf and hearing disabled. Hearing aid we use to hear, not the opposite. I work like everyone else, and I do not really see myself as handicaped. I have a handicap, I am not my disability. I have many good skills, knowledge, personal pros etc. I have some challenges in daily life, I’ve learned to live with it and to master it. I hear quite well when one ear is flawless, and with hearing aid on the other ear so I can hear even better. But as soon as you say you have a hearing aid people look at you kind of strangely, especially employers. And that is a bit bad and silly I think, because as I said one hearing aid to hear, not to not hear.

People with hearing aid is not deaf, they hear.
People with environmental inhibition from sensitivity is not strange, they are healthy in fresh and clean air.

“To google a candidate is not illegal, however, to reject an applicant on the basis of the information they find on Facebook or other sites, according to the Working Environment Act is not permitted.” Norwegian law

“Obtaining health information on employment, or use of information about the disease, will soon be in violation of the Anti-Discrimination Act or the Working Environment Act.” Norwegian law


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Dirty people and asthma – a bus driver with Arriva – aoh.dk

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Urenslige folk og astma, fungerer det?

I dag ble jeg fortalt fra en venn om en artikkel i en avis i Danmark aoh.dk om en kvinne som kjørte bussen med Arriva når en gammel mann kom inn stinkende av gammel svette og skitt. Kvinnen som har astma ble syk fra mannens stank (les avgassing av dårlig hygiene) og fortalte ham om å gå av bussen. Denne saken endte opp i avisen der folk var rasende på kvinnen fordi hun ikke lot den gamle mannen reise på grunn av hennes helse.

Ældre lugtende mand smidt af bussen

“Buschauffør hos Arriva beskyldes for usmagelig afvisning af gangbesværet og svagtseende mand. En ældre, gangbesværet og svagtseende mand blev i mandags udsat for en særdeles nedværdigende behandling på Busterminalen i Herning. En kvindelig buschauffør afviste brutalt manden med den besked, at han lugtede og derfor ikke kunne komme med bussen. Selv om manden bad om hjælp, fik han ingen – før en passager i bussen hjalp manden hen på en af terminalens bænke.” aoh.dk

Hva er der da å si om dette?

Man kan kanskje synes det var urettferdig og jeg kan se at det oppleves som ille for den som blir avvist. Men i samfunnet er man sammen med andre mennesker, og man må holde styr på seg. Hvis en person ikke klarer å ta seg av sin egen personlige hygiene da må vedkommende få hjelp til det. Det er ikke lov å være til plage for andre på bussen. Som sjåfør får man høre klager fra passasjerer om slike ting. Man er ikke aleine på bussen.

Astma er ikke et sjelden sykdom. Om lag 300 millioner mennesker har astma verdensomspennende (tall fra WHO 2011), og jeg har det også. Jeg er også en bussjåfør, akkurat som den damen som jobber i Arriva i Danmark, og dette med folk som er så skitne at de stinker lange veier fra gamle svette er et vanlig helseproblem for en person med astma. Hennes tilfelle er på ingen måte sjelden eller unik. Det kan oppleves som urettferdig å nekte mannen å reise, men det er like urettferdig å måtte bli sjuk av andre, det er ikke slik man skal måtte ha det. Og folk har blitt nektet å reise av samme grunn uten at sjåføren er blitt sjuk av det. Jeg vet om spesifikke tilfeller der friske sjåfører har nektet passasjerere adgang av samme grunn, dårlig hygiene, med omtanke om andre reisende.

Det er trolig ikke godt kjent at en person med dårlig hygiene kan føre til helseproblemer for en annen person, for eksempel en person med astma, men det er ikke desto mindre sant, jeg har faktisk opplevd det selv da en uteligger sto for nært at jeg fikk pustevansker av stanken.

Hva som skjer når en slik skitten person møter på bussen er at den astmatiske personen opplever svie i luftveiene og deretter tetter lungene seg og astmatiske personen får problemer med å puste. Jeg har opplevd dette selv mange ganger når passasjerene på bussen ikke har dusjet på lenge. Spesielt ille var det en gang en hjemløs person sto nært meg som luktet som en gammel ikke vasket renovasjonsbil som stått lenge i varmen, med andre ord sterkt. Jeg fikk pustevansker. Gammel svette inneholder ofte også rester av parfyme og tobakksrøyk. Svette er en kjemisk blanding, du kan lese om innholdet til ren svette her.   Dette er ikke noen nyhet. Muligens at personer med manglende kunnskap ikke vet.

Ikke møt opp på bussen skitten, men ikke møt opp på bussen dynket i parfyme heller. Kom på bussen parfymefri og ren. Det vil være bedre for alle, og også mer sunt for alle de med astma, både sjåfører og passasjerer.

Og selvfølgelig, det passer til alle steder i samfunnet. Ikke vær til plage for andre.

På forhånd takk, ved pennen om saken

Annelie

Kilde Artikkel i danske Alt om Herning aoh.dk
http://aoh.dk/artikel/%C3%A6ldre-lugtende-mand-smidt-af-bussen

Les også vitenskapelig artikkel om kroppslukt:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_odor

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People with bad hygiene, inpact on asthma?

Today I was told from a friend about an article in a newspaper in aoh.dk Denmark about a woman who drove the bus with Arriva when an old man entered stinking of old sweat and dirty. The woman who have asthma got ill from the man’s stench (read, off gassing) and told him to leave the bus. This case ended up in the local newspaper where people were furious about the woman not letting the old man travel due to her health.

Older smelling man showed away off the bus

Bus driver at Arriva accused of unsavory rejection of walking-impaired and partially sighted man. An elderly, mobility difficulties and partially sighted man was on Monday adopted an extremely degrading treatment at the bus terminal in Herning. A female bus driver refused the man with the message that he smelled and therefore could not get on the bus. Though the man asked for help, he got no help – before a passenger on the bus helped the man onto one of the terminal benches.” aoh.dk

What is there then to say about this?

One might think it was unfair and I can see that it is perceived as bad for those who are rejected. But society is one with other people, and you have to keep yourself in a way that you function with others. If a person fails to take care of their personal hygiene when he must get help. It is not allowed to be a nuisance to others on the bus. As a driver, you get to hear complaints from passengers about such things. One is not alone on the bus.

Asthma is not a rare illness. About 300 million people have asthma world-wide (figures from WHO 2011), and I have it too. I am also a bus driver, just like this woman in Denmark with Arriva, and this with people being so dirty they stink from old sweat from far is a health problem for a person with asthma. Her case is no way rare or unik. It may be perceived as unfair to deny the man to travel but it is equally unfair to have to be sick by others, it is not the way you should have to have it. And people have been denied travel for the same reason without the driver has been sick from it. I know of specific cases where healthy drivers have refused passengers access for the same reasons, poor hygiene, with consideration of other travelers.

It is probably not well-known that a person with bad hygiene can cause health problems for another person, for example a person with asthma, but it is non the less true. I have actually experienced it myself once when a (this time) homeless person was standing close to me and I got breathing problems from the stench. Also this sweat stench from others can hold rests of perfume, tobacco and more. The content of sweat is a chemical compound, read here.

What happens when such a dirty person enter the bus is that the asthmatic person get a sensation of burning in the airways and then the lungs tighten and the asthmatic person get trouble breathing. I have experienced this myself many times when passengers enter the bus without have showered in a long time.

Do not show up at the bus dirty, but do not show up at the bus drenched in perfume either. Do show up at the bus perfume free and clean. That will be nicer for everyone and also more healthy for all those with asthma, both drivers and passengers.

And of course, it fits to all places in society. Don’t be a pain.

Thank you, by the pen on the matter

Annelie

Article in the Danish Newspaper Alt om Herning aoh.dk
http://aoh.dk/artikel/%C3%A6ldre-lugtende-mand-smidt-af-bussen

Also read about body odor:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_odor


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Good manners, fragrance or stench – by Frøydis Karlsen

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Frøydis Karlsen er ei dame som blir sjuk av andre sitt parfymebruk. I denne artikkelen beskriver hun sine opplevelser.

Faksimilie av Frøydis Nilsen debattinnlegg i Aftenposten 5. november 2010.

Faksimilie av Frøydis Nilsen debattinnlegg i Aftenposten 5. november 2010.

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Good manners, fragrance or stench

Frøydis Karlsen is a woman who is sick of second fragrance use. In this article she describes her experiences.

“After having read the article by Aage Hegge Hansen in the newspaper on the 1. of October 2010, I felt I had to tell everyone about my difficulties with and views on perfume use.

I am allergic and react to perfume with breathing difficulties on most perfume. What for others is a nice scent, for me is a develish stench. When it comes to cleaning products and washing products including softeners I think it is totally meaningless to add fragrance (aka perfume) to them since they have absolutely no function for the result. I have heard of cases where people have been sent to hospital acute after use of fragrance products. I have also been in contact with Denofa and Lilleborg about fragrance products. I was told that is a rule in the EU agreement that states that some products has to be added fragrance. It is absolutely horrific that such agreement is made to add chemicals and fragrance that causes so many people distress and illness, and that in worst case can cause death.

Some days ago I went to a store in the Alta Amfi mall, and the lady behind the counter stanched of perfume. Luckily my errand there was brief so I could get out of there fast. My wish is that the shop owners forbid their employees to use perfume and perfumed products, aka fragrance and scent. It should be forbidden at work since it is absolutely unnecessary. It should be possible to use scent without bathing in it. That goes not only for women, but for men too. Such I call living stench bombs. I cannot say it is good manners to make other people ill.

Frøydis Karlsen”

 And she is so right this Frøydis Karlsen in Alta in Norway. There is no need to use perfume and scent, and make other people sick. What if it was you that became ill from others perfume use? It is everywhere and you cannot escape it. Lets start a new better way and cut the perfume use everywhere. And also remember that perfume comes hidden in other products too. Buy scent free products and limit the risk of making others ill.


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Bus and perfume – by Annelie Molin

Today I drove the bus up the mountain, took onboard some students and drove back down again. At the buttom of the road it is time to let som other students oboard coming from a corresponding bus. First 5 went great, then came onboard a lad with a lot of aftershave on. It reaked from far. I have had some good weeks last few weeks, but when he entered like perfume bomb the good times were gone. I started to cough cause the lungs narrowed, and it didn’t stop. I took medicine, but I kept on coughing. I luckily had a break, so I parked with all doors and window open in the cold weather. I had to air out the bus, the whole bus reaked.

He probably wanted to appear nice.
Instead he became a health problem.

Where I worked before was much worse, it was in the city and every 5 passenger was using. Imagine that and having asthma…

Ok, there are medicine, but they have backsides and it does not really solve the problem. Being affected by the things one get sick from over and over again, is a big impact and distress on the body. Continious impact by the allergens and you are sick all the time. And the side effects from the medicines are no nice. I took my strong medicine back at the office since the light version of it did not help. Now I have racing heart and shaking hands, it is the backside of it. My hands shake like crazy. And that only because of a guy using aftershave.


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Asthma, allergy and sensitivity – Persons with disabilities environment is covered by the discrimination and accessibility act

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Er luften for alle?

paragraph “Nei, mener flere som forteller Likestillings- og diskrimineringsombudet om sin miljøhemming, og om store utfordringer med å delta i samfunnet.

Åshild Flatebakken, seniorrådgiver og jurist i avdeling for lov og rettigheter, har sett nærmere på hvordan diskriminerings- og tilgjengelighetsloven kan gi et diskrimineringsvern for personer som for eksempel er allergisk mot parfyme.

På spørsmålet om personer med miljøhemming er omfattet av diskriminerings- og tilgjengelighetsloven svarer Flatebakken ja.”

Hva er en miljøhemming?

“- Miljøhemming brukes som en samlebetegnelse på tilstander med en eller annen slags overfølsomhet for noe i miljøet, for eksempel parfyme, vaskemidler og planter, som gir plager og kan føre til sykdom, sier Flatebakken.

Hun utdyper at vi ikke har mye praksis når vi skal se nærmere på miljøhemming og diskriminering, men både Likestillings- og diskrimineringsombudet og Likestillings- og diskrimineringsnemnda har uttalt at allergi er omfattet av lovvernet.” LDO 31. aug 2012

Og alle oss som er sensitive sier HURRA!!!!

http://www.ldo.no/no/ombudet/Nyheter/Arkiv/Nyheter-i-2012/Er-luften-for-alle-/

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Is the air for everyone?

paragraph “No, says the number of people that tells the Equality and Anti-discrimination Ombud about their environmental inhibition, as well as major challenges to participate in society.

Åshild Flatbakken, senior advisor and lawyer in the department of law and rights, have looked at how discrimination and Accessibility Act may provide protection against discrimination for people such as allergic to perfume.

On the issue of persons with disabilities environment covered by the Discrimination and Accessibility Act responds Flatbakken yes.”

What is an environmental inhibition?

“- Environment inhibition is used as an umbrella term for conditions with some kind of sensitivity to something in the environment, such as perfumes, detergents and plants, which causes annoyance and can cause disease, says Flat ground.

She explains that we do not have much practice as we shall see further on environmental inhibition and discrimination, but both the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud and the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Tribunal has stated that allergy is subject to legal protection. ” LDO 31. aug 2012

And all of us with sensitivities say HURRA!!!!

http://www.ldo.no/no/ombudet/Nyheter/Arkiv/Nyheter-i-2012/Er-luften-for-alle-/


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A new cafe – I got sad – by Annelie Molin

I work in a very small community. This week a new small cafe opened. It looked so very homely and cozy. They sell things like curtains, pillows, lamps and such for the home, and also have tables and serving coffee and cakes. Lovely. :) I so liked to go there today. Entered the door and it was as cozy inside as it looked in the window.

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But in the same moment I came in the room I felt my lungs protest. My heart sunk. Not again! It is such a nice place, I thought to myself. :'(

I wanted cake so I tried to endure and took medicine. But it got worse.

When the lady had helped the other customer I kindly asked her if there where scented candles on the tables? And explained I got asthma and is sensitive. She said, – No I think it is normal candles. Then I asked even more nicer, – Then maybe it is something you use to clean with? She said, We use Pine soap. – That is normally not the worst kind, I replied. We had to conclude with that maybe it was a customer who had been there before who had wore perfume.

I had planned to have a coffee and cake in the cafe, but had to leave with the cake in a bag.

A pity. And I got sad. I will try another time to see if it goes better. If not it is something in the cafe that irritates the lungs. I hope not.


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At the Pharmacy – perfume – by Annelie Molin

I had used up my box of 2 ml Ventoline asthma medicine and needed more. To get this one must go to the pharmacy. It is totally life necessary.

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Usually it is manageable, it works for me.

Now Christmas is coming up and the gift shelfs are stacked with products. Even at the pharmacy. But they stack it with perfumed products, and inscense. The air gets filled with what I become sick from. I went into the pharmacy to get medicine to stay healthy from asthma, and had to flee the pharmacy due to what make me ill. I had an asthma attack inside the pharmacy and had to leave the subscription with the pharmacist and run out of there. I had to stand outside in the street, and I had to shout to her through the door what I needed and tell her to deliver it outside where I was waiting. I could not enter. Becoming ill, forced out because of it, and a feeling of being banished, humiliation and illness, pluss everyone staring at me.

This is absolutely intolerable.

One must be able to go to the pharmacy and get ones medicine without getting sick from it. A pharmacy is firsthand for those who are sick and needs their medicine, not for the healthy. Those who want perfume and fragranced products can and should buy that with the perfumery.

On top of it if we take an even closer look at this, it even locks me out from buying perfume free lotion, bandages if I would be in need of it, or what ever you need from a pharmacy, and the pharmacy is the place one can buy perfume free make up. So now I am locked out from getting my subscribtion medicine, lotion, make up a.s.o.

The pharmacy should be available to everyone. It is the place to get life saving medicine.

I am so angry it makes my blood boil.

Enough is enough!

/ Annelie

Update: 10 March 2014:
Medical Newspaper Dagens Medicin reports: A woman (not me) in Sweden experienced the same issue as me and reported the Pharmacy  in the Chain of Apoteket AB in Stockholm to Swedish Health and Social Care Inspectorate (IVO) complaint on People trying Products perfumed and polluting the air.
 http://www.dagensmedicin.se/artiklar/2014/03/10/apotek-anmals-for-parfymerade-produkter/


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How it really feels – by Karen Skålvoll

I have an online friend who got asthma with alpha1 antitrypsin deficiency. At her last blog entry she talks about what it really feels like having asthma with alpa1 and peoples habits and likes. It was so good explained that I asked her to allow me to post it here on my blog, and she was kind enough to allow it. So here my dear reader you can find out how it is to live with asthma with an alpha1 deficiency in additon. From my side: Having a “normal asthma” is just like that just except for the burning sensation and the dying lung. But even a person with an “ordianary asthma” can get damages to the lungs when exposed to stuff they get sick from, the lungs get hardened, and the illnesses symtomes can develop to become 24/7. It is therefore very important to any asthmatic – alpha1 or not – to avoid any what makes the asthmatic ill. Happy reading, and hopefully listening. – Annelie

How it really feels – by Karen Skålvoll

“It is certainly very difficult for those who are healthy to understand that we who are living with a serious lung disease react to fragrances others have chosen to take on. The fact that it burns the lungs, the mucus, painful spasms in the bronchi and is really just child’s play, because us with alpha 1, we get lung damage as well. Sometimes I am willing to pay the price to visit some of the world, but mostly I let it be. I stay home. Putting an injection of medicine to open to breathe is no fun, the heart races away with a pulse that is sky high and it is physically difficult to hold a glass, not talking about holding a pen or write.

When it comes to those with alpha 1 lacking the protein (alpha 1 antitrypsin) it is the alpha1 antitrypsin that protects the lungs, and we do not have that. This means that everything we breathe damages lung tissue much more than those who do not have this gene defect. A bit like in children who have not yet fully developed lung tissue (that you can read about here: children’s health in front of the staff’s vanity, indoor air quality, children and allergies) I have severe uncontrolled asthma on top of my Alpha 1 can be on any given day loss of life in an asthma attack because others have chosen to dress up. Arguments like, “I used just a little” or “only little won’t hurt anyone” or “it’s just soooo little..” or “I can not help it..” provoke sometimes even though I have gotten extremely hard bones in my nose eventually. The vanity of others will go in front of other people’s health, I think is directly frightening. Let everyone breathing fresh air that does not bathe in perfume, it is the best for children, allergy sufferers, those with lung diseases and, not least for most people.

Since I have alpha 1 I also feel on the psychological element in this. My lungs are damaged and get damaged more because of all those who smear themselves and spray themselves with so much, if I get an asthma attack I am simply promoted one step closer to death. It’s a brutal reality that is not spoken about. To smoke or use spray in one form or another close to some of alpha 1 is considered an abuse, because we get lung damage of the sort. The more we tell, the more we talk about this the more knowledge comes out of the public. I hope that future generations will not have to hear all the prattling that those who talk about freedom of perfume are selfish, they can only wear masks, they can stay home, etc. No, the only thing that counts is the information we need to be visible and we must have the courage to talk about the unpleasant consequences of others’ decorating.” – Karen Skålvoll

~o~

“He who Rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution Which Rejects progress in is the cemetary.”  – Harold Wilson

Source: http://livsreisen-mandalay.blogspot.de/2012/04/hvordan-det-egentlig-fles.html

Thank you for sharing Karen and for beautifully explaining to us all.

Don’t you know what astma is? Read about asthma and what it is..

Annelie


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Equality and Asthma – by Annelie Molin

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Likestilling og Tilgjengelighet

Likestilling og tilgjengelighet berører også astma og allergi. Hva er likestilling for deg?

Jeg deltaker i Likestilllings og Diskrimineringsombudets kampanje på Facebook med dette bildet.

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I am a participant in Equality and Discrimination Ombudsman’s campaign on Facebook with this picture.

Photo translation:
“For me equality is…

To be able to do the same as others on the same terms and possibilities.

Specifically for me it would be a wonder-world to be able to go wherever I want, meeting, dealing with and talk with whomever I want without being exposed to tobacco and perfume that I am asthmatic to. Dropping lung congestion, to let go detours, avoiding places, avoid talking to others due to it. And an end to the open testing perfume in a store (it should happen in a closed in space.) The use of scented products, fragrance block, air fresh, and strong cleaners that clog the lungs in the room where the public has access. This is a social barrier, a barrier that prevents me from going places where it is and talk to people who use it. I have to avoid the fact that I’m being dense in the lungs. Everyone must have fresh air and healthy lungs to feel good. It’s on my wish list.”

~o~

Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money. ~ Jules Renard


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Perfume free products in perfume environment – by Annelie Molin

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Parfymefrie varer i parfymerier

Er håpløst å finne et variert utbud av parfymefri sminke. Og paradoksalt nokk, den parfymefrie sminken som finnes den selges ofte i parfymerier. Dette betyr at er du sensitiv og blir sjuk av parfyme da må du inn i en parfymebutikk for å kjøpe en parfymefri vare. Det er fint at de selger parfymefrie varer, men det rare med det er at mange i målgruppen for de parfymefrie varene ikke har adgang til butikken fordi de ikke kan oppholde seg i butikken grunnet parfymestanken.

Jeg vet jeg kan gå online og kjøpe i diverse nettbutikker, men det er ikke det som er poenget. Det er jo tåpelig at slike parfymefrie produkter selges i parfymeributikker der sprayes parfyme hele dagene. Det går jo ikke ann å gå inn og kjøpe de parfymefrie produktene uten å bli sjuk. Det er et særdeles dårlig opplegg. Er parfymefrie produkter kun til for de som tåler parfyme?

Jeg skulle ikke måtte gå online for å kjøpe, jeg skal kunne gå i butikken og kjøpe slik som alle andre. Jeg liker å kunne se på sminkeprodukter før jeg skal kjøpe de, da ser man varen, man kan prøve konsistensen og fargene bedre og slipper kjøpe katta i sekken. Samme problemen møter man på en del klesbutikker, f.eks. men ikke utelukkende CUBUS, der selger se klær og parfyme i samme butikken, og hele kassan er inngjerdet av parfyme, parfymerte produkter og parfymeprøving. Å handle på slike butikker er likestilt med å bli sjuk.

Det er for dumt å stenge kunder ute fra produkter de vil ha og behøver. Dette er ikke bare snakk om tilgang, men også om likestilling. – Det å kunne velge selv. Å kunne ta den koselige shoppingturen slik alle andre kan, og det å kunne gå inn i butikken, prøve og kjenne på varen, og få varen i handen direkte og slippe vente i 1-2 uker før produktet blir levert.

In English

It is almost impossible to find fragrance free makeup. And paradoxically enough, the fragrance-free makeup found it is sold in perfumeries. This means that if you are sensitive and become sick from perfume you must enter a perfume shop to buy a perfume free make up product, and those g who are sick from perfume is not likely to enter such a store. This mean they are exclueded from buying it.

I know I can go online and buy in various online stores, but it’s not the point. It’s ridiculous that such fragrance-free products are sold in perfumeries where tried and sprayed perfume all day. It is not able to go in and buy the fragrance-free products without getting sick. It is a very bad treatment and plan. Is fragrance-free products only to those who can tolerate perfume?

I should not have to go online to buy, I should be able to go to the store and buy like everyone else. I like to look at the make-up products before I buy them, when you see the item, you can test the consistency and color better and do not buy like wearing a blind patch. Same problem one encounters in some clothing stores, for example. but not exclusively CUBUS, which sells clothing and perfume to see in the same store, and the whole cashiers area is fenced by perfumes, scented products and perfumes testing. Shopping in such stores is equated with getting sick.

There are too stupid to shut customers off from products they want and need. This is not just a question of access but also about equality. – Being able to choose for themselves. Being able taking the cozy shopping trip just as everyone else can, and being able to go into the store, try and feel the product and get the product directly in the hand and drop to wait 1-2 weeks before the product is delivered.


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Hurt? – I smell nice, so what?

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Hvis noen ber om parfymefrihet, føler flere seg såret, irritert, defensiv. Man må forstå at det handler ikke om deg som person eller om ditt valg av duft, det handler om kjemikalier i produkter med duft som forurenser luften som alle må puste i og gjør flere syke akkurat som passiv røyk. Hvis du bruker det så tar du ikke kun et valg for deg selv, men for alle rundt deg. :-)

In English

If someone asks for freedom from expsure to perfume, many feel hurt, irritated, and on the defensive. One must understand that it’s not about you as a person or your choice of fragrance, it’s all about chemicals in products with fragrances that pollute the air that all breathe in and make them sick as passive smoke. If you use it then you are not just making a choice for yourself, but for everyone around you. :-)


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The Invisible Threat of ‘Thirdhand Smoke’

Third hand smoke

Third hand smoke, what is that? Third hand smoke is when a smoker have been smoking and then enters a space where a non-smoker is subjected to the fumes of the smokers breath, hair, skin and clothes. The chemicals and fumes fromt he smoking clings to the smoker, their breath and person, and if smoking indoors even to furnitures a.s, walls, roof and floors.

Third hand smoking can trigger an asthma attack. I myself have experienced it many times, and it is no joke talking to a smoker and your lungs like to strangle you.

In Huffingtonpost.com you can read about this:
“The recently recognized dangers of “thirdhand smoke, the gases and particles that cling to clothing, hair, furniture, walls and other surfaces long after a cigarette is stubbed out. Dr. Richard Graffis, executive vice president and chief medical officer at Indiana University Health, describes it as “the smoke you don’t see, but that your nose tells you is there.”
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/26/thirdhand-smoke-smoking-risks_n_938241.html

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Reply from NAV – disability

I 2007 fikk jeg min astma på grunn av jobben. For å få det bekreftet yrkesskade måtte det mange målinger og undersøkelser til og NAV krevde at jeg måtte til en masse specialister på lungepoliklinikken, og jeg var det til alle spesialister som krevdes og NAV godkjendte vedtak om yrkessjukdom og yrkesskade.

Noen år senere var det dags for å kreve menerstating. Dette ble søkt om og det tok lang tid, jeg ventet og ventet og ventet i flere år. Første halvår 2011 fikk NAV endelig sakene i rulling og jeg ble beordret til enda en lungespesialist for å få bekreftet at jeg fortsatt har astma. Jeg gjennomgikk enda en plagsom test 17 juni 2011, og så ventet jeg, og ventet jeg, og ventet enda mere. Etter fire purringer og enda mere venting så fikk jeg nå endelig svar.

NAV har godkjent meg 20% invaliditet.

Om jeg skal klage eller ikke klage? Alle ønsker jo å være friske og ønsker ikke å ha invaliditet. Men faktum er at ja, jeg kan jobbe heltid så lenge som jobben ikke gir meg for mye trøbbel i form av stoffer jeg blir sjuk av hverken i jobben ellers eller fra mennesker som bruker f.eks. tobakk, parfyme eller folk med arbeidsklær som er smittet med sterke stoffer.

Medisin hjelper en astmatiker men den er ingen total rustning mot astmaanfall, jeg kan fortsatt få astmaanfall til tross for at jeg tar medisin. Blir jeg utsatt for de stoffene som trigger min astma så får jeg likefult astmaanfall.

Så sett i det lyset så stiller jeg meg spørrende til om 20% invaliditet er nokk? Jeg er tross alt astmatisk mot slik som forekommer på de fleste arbeidsplasser slik som kjemi, vaskemidler, parfymerte produkter, matos, luftfreshere, stearinlys, og mye annet. Jeg har jo ikke astma mot slik som er det vanligste som mat, pollen, dyr o.l. Med andre ord å finne en jobb der jeg ikke blir sjuk vil være mye vanskeligere enn for en person uten dette handikappet. Akkurat nå har jeg en jobb som fungerer ganske godt, men hva om jeg havner i en situasjon at jeg har behov for å bytte jobb? Og i den jobben jeg har idag så er det risiko for at jeg må si fra meg en del turistkjøring pga overdrevent parfymebruk blandt turistene som har vært på handletur i taxfree. På grunnlag av det så kjenner jeg at 20% invaliditet er lite. 20% invaliditet vil ikke dekke opp for tapet av mulighet for å få jobb. Tidligere kunne jeg ta envher jobb uansett arbeidsmiljø, idag kan jeg ikke det. Er det noe i miljøet som gjør meg sjuk da kan jeg ikke være der.

20% invaliditet, er det rettferdig? Dette NAV vedtaket vil kanskje sette standarden for fremtidlig bemøtende av NAV?

Jeg ønsker å jobbe, og jeg kan jobbe så lenge som jeg kan unngå det som gjør meg sjuk. Problemen er nettopp å unngå det som gjør meg sjuk fordi det er stort sett overalt.

Derfor undrer jeg. Bør jeg akseptere?

Min astmaliste, jeg ønsker ikke bli utsatt for dette:
https://anneliemolin.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/asthma-no-no-the-list/

In English

In 2007 I got my asthma due to work environment. To get the injury confirmed I had to go through many test with lung specialists and surveys, and NAV demanded that I had a lot of lung tests. And I did all the tests and visited all the lung specialists NAV demanded me to go to. NAV approved resolutions relating to occupational illness and injury.

Some years later was to require long term disability. This was applied for and it took a long time, I waited and waited and waited for several years. The first half of 2011 NAV finally got the case in rolling and I was ordered to even one more lung specialist to confirm that I still got asthma. I even went through another nasty test June 17, 2011, and so I waited and I waited, and waited even more. After four reminders, and even more waiting then I finally got answer.

NAV has approved me 20% disability.

If I should complaint or not complaint? Everyone wants to be healthy and do not want to have disability. But the fact is that yes, I can work full time as long as the job does not give me much trouble in the form of chems and stuff in the air I get sick from, either the job or from other people who use such. tobacco, perfume or workers clothinge who are infested with powerful chems.

Medicine helps an asthmatic but it is no overall armor protection against asthma attacks, I can still get asthma attacks despite the fact that I take medicine. And I do get so as soon as I get subjected to a chem I get till from. If I get exposed to the substances that trigger my asthma I get just as full asthma attack, and it hinders me to be there.

As seen in this light I set myself questioning whether the 20% disability is enough? I am after all asthmatic against such as occurs in workplaces such as chemicals, detergents, perfumed products, odors, air milling here, candles, and much more. I have not the asthma as it is commonly as food, pollen, animals, etc. In other words, to find a job where I do not get sick will be much more difficult than for a person without the disability. Right now I have a job that works pretty well, but what if I end up in a situation that I need to change jobs? And the job I have today, there is a risk that I have to say no to take tourist routs, due to excessive perfume used among tourists who have been shopping in duty free. Based on what I know, that 20% disability is small. 20% disability will not cover up for the loss of opportunity to get any job. Previously, I could take any jobb like anyone else, today I can not do that. Is there something in the environment that makes me sick when I can not be there.

20% disability is that fair? This decision may set the standard for the future?

I want to work, and I can work full time as long as I can avoid what make me sick. The problem is to avoid it since it is all over.

There for I wonder. Should I accept?

My asthma list, I do not want to get in contact with this:
https://anneliemolin.wordpress.com/2011/01/23/asthma-no-no-the-list/


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Asthma due to Alpha-1-antitrypsin (Alfa1) deficiency

Not many have heard of asthma with Alpha-1 antirypsin deficiency, and neither had I until today.

I just today came in contact with a woman that got a special kind of non-responsive asthma due to a Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency. She is as me asthmatic to chemicals, smoke, perfume, fragrances, cold a.s.o but her asthma is due to a special and rarely known of Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency and she is one of those who can die from her asthma when she get exposed to stuff the get sick from. I myself got what we call a normal asthma. A person who got an Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency get in addition to asthma attacks and sensitivites also  have a continiously repeatedly inflammations in the lungs and those who got this die young.

Since Alpha 1 Antirypsin deficiency is rarely know I’d like to write a litte about it here.

What is Alpha1 deficiency?
The protein Alpha-1-antitrypsin, usually occurs in the blood. It is formed by the liver. This protects the lung structure and pronounced deficiency can happen destruction of lung tissue, so you get a bronchitis like disease – emphysema with gradually increasing shortness of breath, and shortened lifespan.

Please visit Norway
www.alfa1foreningen.wordpress.com

Read the Danish site about this. Use a translater if you do not read Danish.
http://www.alfa-1.dk/default.aspx?pageid=952

Please, learn more about this and visit her Norwegian site. Here she write openly about how it is to have the Alpha-1-antitrypsin (Alfa1) deficiency. Please, use a translater if you do not read Norwegian.

Please visit:

http://www.dagensmedisin.no/nyheter/apner-for-a-teste-alle-barn/

http://livsreisen-mandalay.blogspot.com/

http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/disorders/whataregd/a1ad/


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Do report!

Are you one among us who get sick from inhaling perfume, aftershave, cologne, fragrances (fragrances is actually perfume), or you get allergies from getting in contact with fragranced products?

The fragrance mania in the world today gets even worse by the minute, one get exposed to fragrances on people, in products, in cleaning, in airfreshening, designer fragrances spread by machines in shops, offices, hotels, toilets and other buildings and rooms. And the fragrance spread in the air we all have to breathe.

–  We all must breathe to live – what if the air you breathe makes you sick?

Do not just accept the fact it is there! Go report that you got sick, where you got sick and from what. You are there and they need to hear it! And also, you are not alone!

Contact your governemental health department and your consumer centre, and tell them what is going on and make them register it along with your note from the doctors! It is the only way to make them see that fragrance, aka. perfume and scented products, is a problem in many peoples daily life. Too many sit in silence and do not speak out.

Speak out and tell them the truth!

Fragrance, ac perfume or scent is the new second hand smoke! It is spread to everyone around the wearer or source, and it is forced on everyone around to inhale.


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Fragrance, scent, nausea and migrane – by Smellinc

This is a true story told by Smellinc. She prefer to go under a hidden name.

Fragrance Free Girl

Fighting for odorless air, calling
attention to the perfume obsessed,
and challenging the long
established scent industry.

I got my first migraine when I was 23 years old. I didn’t understand what it was or why I was sick. There was a crushing headache accompanied with nausea and incredible sensitivity to light and sound. It started with a few that year and then grew to a couple a month by the time I was 28.

One of the ways to try to control migraine headaches is to learn what triggers them. It is different for every person. Most triggers I can control like eating well and getting a good night’s sleep. The hardest trigger for me to deal with is fragrances.

One whiff of certain fragrances and I can feel the tingling sensation starting in my brain. The pain may not hit me until hours later. I believe my nervous system gets overly stimulated by certain chemicals/scents and a migraine reaction begins. Sometimes it is mild and I can function. Sometimes it can be so severe I am useless and have to crawl into bed until it goes away.

I have learned to live a fragrance free life. My husband does too. Most of my close friends and family try not to wear fragrances when spending time with me. It is impossible to go through the rest of day to day life without encountering fragrances. I am constantly trying to find new ways to cope.

I love to travel. When people are worrying on a plane it is usually because they are afraid of flying…. I worry about whether the person sitting next to me will be wearing perfume. On one trip a person sprayed air freshener mid-flight. I was so sick by the time we got off the plane my day was ruined. People have no idea that spraying scents in confined spaces isn’t just rude, it is harmful.

I would like to live in a world with more fragrance free products. I would like people to be aware of how their fragrances affect others and themselves. I would love to know which chemicals in the fragrances are the ones causing my issues. Until then be kind and leave the perfume behind.

Fragrance free girl and blogger,
Smellinc

http:// smellinc.wordpress.com

Thank you for sharing Smellinc :)


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Shareware image – Asthma – perfume and tobacco no thank you – Mind the sensitive!

 

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Translation in English further down.

For å fremme varsling for deg som trenger det og saken har jeg her laget bilder som kan printes ut, settes på ytterdør, dør til rommet ditt, eller leggs på din nettside helt gratis. Du kan dele bildene i dette blogginlegget fritt og helt gratis med dine venner.

For å lagre det på din pc og printe det ut:

  1. Klikke på bildet.
  2. Klikke med høyre mustast på bildet som åpner og velg “Lagre bilde… ” eller “Skriv ut bilde..”
  3. Skriv ut eller lagre bildet ditt
  4. Klikke på ESC (Escape) for å gå tilbake til bloggen.

På denne linken finner du en et annet bilde du kan bruke for barnerommet.
http://www.allergiviten.no/index.asp?G=1645&ID=10347

In English

The images in this blog entry is free to use and share. To save or print an image you prefer of the images above in this blog entry:

  1. Click the image you want.
  2. Click with your right mouse button on the image and choose either Save or Print.
  3. Save or Print the image
  4. press Esc (Escape) when done to go back to blog entry.

If you click the link http://www.allergiviten.no/index.asp?G=1645&ID=10347 you find another image to add on the door of your childrens room. (Norwegian site)


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How I handle perfumed friends

Translation in English further down.

De er fortsatt mine venner også om de fortsetter å bruke parfyme. Men du skal da vite at du skader min helse. Hvordan jeg håndterer parfymerte venner kan være vanskelig ibland fordi dette parfymespørsmålet er ibland sensitivt, ibland like sensitivt som jeg er sensitiv overfor parfymen. Noen kan ikke skjønne at parfyme kan skade andre, mens andre aksepterer at det er slik men ikke tror det er så farlig så lenge som jeg ikke får et stort astmaanfall.

Jeg informerer om at parfyme gjør meg sjuk. Jeg medisinerer. Hvis de likevel fortsetter å bruke parfyme når jeg er med, da må jeg bruke mye mere medisin og så holder jeg pusten når de kommer for nært. Ja, omtrent som man gjør når noen lukter vondt. Jeg synes også at parfyme dufter godt, men jeg blir sjuk av det likevel, det irriterer luftveiene, slimhinnene og lungene mine slik at jeg får tung pust, hoste og astmaanfall av det.

De som ikke bare lar være å bruke parfyme når jeg er med, er nokk de som ikke ser at også bare litt i lengda gjør sjuk, f.eks. at en liten eksponering under lengre tid er like ille som stor eksponering under kort tid. At også om jeg ikke står og hoster lungene av meg så får jeg en reaksjon. Små doser over lenger tid gjør at det bygger seg opp og 4-5 timer senere kan jeg få en astmaattack. Det kan godt skje etter at vi har skilt lag, og jeg har kommet meg hjem. Det bygger seg altså opp over tid, også om eksponeringen er liten.

Venner som er gla i en vil ibland gi en klem. Det er koselig, da blir jeg gla. Men om de har parfyme på seg da kan det bli problemer. Jeg liker jo å få en klem, å få en klem er koselig, men er jo ikke så koselig å bli sjuk av en klem. Nå er det jo i og for seg ikke klemmen jeg blir sjuk av. En klem vil jeg gjerne ha, men parfymen kunne jeg klare meg uten, det er den som gjør sjuk.

– Jeg vil gjerne møte deg, men jeg vil ikke treffe din parfyme!

Koselig er det også å gå sammen med venner, ta bilen, shoppe, ut og spise, fare på tur og så videre. Men har de parfyme på seg da senker det gleden litt fordi da må jeg gå mindst noen steg, helst noen meter, unna de for å klare å gå sammen med de. I bilen går ikke det i det hele tatt, det er et lukket rom da muligheten å bevege seg bort er ubefintlig, man sitter der man sitter.. Om noen likevel har parfyme på seg, da må jeg åpne vinduene, jeg sier ikke stort men smyger hånda ned til knappen og åpner. Er det kalde ute, det er likegyldig, åpne må jeg. Noen ganger er det for mye parfyme og da må jeg ut av bilen, eller personen må ut av bilen og vaske seg før vi kan fare. Noen ganger tar jeg bare stopper jeg et sted ved f.eks. en kiosk som en unnksyldning for å komme meg ut.

Det setter meg i en litt ubehagelig situasjon. Man vil jo slippe å klage, og man vil jo ha hyggelig, men da lungene stritter imot da må man si stopp. Men samtidlig vet man at når man gjør det, sier stopp og du må gå og vaske deg, da kan man i samme setningen krenke den andre som gjorde seg fin. Den personen kanskje til og meg gjorde seg fin for meg. Jeg opplever slike situasjoner som vanskelige.

Jeg unngår ofte å vise at jeg blir sjuk. Jeg tar medisin da ingen ser, eller jeg tar medisin uten å si hvorfor jeg må ta medisin. Kanskje det er feil av meg, men samtidlig så har jeg jo sagt og forklart til alle at jeg blir sjuk, så jeg burde jo ikke måtte gå og mase hele tiden?

Kanskje de ikke forstår hele omfanget? Bare fordi jeg ikke detter om og støtter meg til veggen så tror folk jeg ikke blir sjuk? Er jeg for tapper? Men sannheten er jo at jeg dytter i meg så mye medisin for å dempe sjukdomssymtomene for å kunne være rundt de at jeg får skjelvinger på hendene. Skjelvinger på hendene er bivirkningene av medisinen jeg tar. Jeg kan også for økt hjerterytme. Der er en grense for hvor mye medisin man kan ta før det får en negativ effekt på helsen ved bivirkninger.

Mitt ønske er at alle som har en rundt seg som er sensitiv for parfyme, at dere ikke bruker parfyme, fordi det gjør det lettere og koseligere å omgåes dere.

In English

They are still my friends even if they continue to use perfume. But you should know that you hurt my health. How do I deal with perfumed friends can be difficult at times, because this question of perfume at times is sensitive, sometimes just as sensitive as I am sensitive to perfume. Some seem to not understand or not know that perfume can harm others, while other accepts that this is so, but do not think it’s so dangerous as long as I do not get a big asthma attack.

I am informing them that perfume makes me sick. I medicate. If they still continue to use perfume when I’m around, then I use a lot more medicine and I hold my breath when they get too close. Yes, much like you do when someone smells bad. I also think that the perfume smells nice, but I get sick from it, it sensitives the respiratory tract, mucous membranes, and my lungs so that I get shortness of breath, coughing and asthma attacks from it.

They seem to fail to see that only a little use of perfume  makes sick in the long run. They seem to not understand that a small exposure during a period of time is as bad as a big exposure for a short time. That even though I do not stand coughing my lungs of me I do get a reaction. Small doses over longer time allows the build-up and 4-5 hours later I get an asthma attack. It may well happen after we parted, and I have come home. It builds up over time, ie, whether the exposure is small or big.

Friends who are fond of  me will at times give a hug. It is cozy and I like it. But if they have the perfume on then it can be a trouble. I like to get a hug, to get a hug is nice, but is not so nice to be sick from the hug. Now it is not the hug itself I get sick from. A hug, I would like to have, but the perfume I could do well without, it is the perfume that makes sick.

– I like to meet you, but not your perfume!

Nice is also to go with friends, take the car for a spin, shop, dine out, go on tour and so on. But when they have perfume on then it lowers the enjoyment a bit because then I have to walk least a step, preferably a few meters away from the others to be able to walk with them. The car is a whole different matter, it’s a closed room when the opportunity to move away is not there You sit where you sit and can not get away.. If anyone still has perfume on, then I open the windows, I do not say much but slips my hand down to the button and open. Is it cold outside, it does not matter, I must open. Sometimes there is too much perfume and then I have to get out of the car because of my lungs close up, or the person must be out of the car and wash before we can go.

It puts me in an uncomfortable situation. One want not to complaint, and one want surely to have a nice time, but when the lungs resist then you have to say stop. But at the same time one know that when one do say stop, and tell them you must go and wash yourself, as you can in the same sentence violate the others who did put perfume on to be fine. They maybe even did it for you.

I avoid often to show that I am sick, I want our time together will be about having a nice and fun time, and not about that I am sick. I take medicine when nobody is watching, or I take the medicine without saying why I have to take medicine. Maybe it’s wrong of me, but at the same time as I already said and explained to everyone that I am sick, so I should not have to go and nag all the time?

Maybe they do not understand the full range? Just because I do not fall over and stand clinging myself to the wall so do not people think I am sick? But the truth is that I push in me so much medicine to curb the illness to be around those who use perfume that I get tremor hands. Tremors of the hands are the side effects of the medication I take. A high heart rate is also a side effect. There is a limit to how much medicine you can take before it gets a negative effect on the health.

My wish is that everyone who is around people that are sensitive to perfume, that you do not use perfume because it makes it easier and nicer to associate with you.


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Me and pool chlorine – by Annelie Molin

English translation further down.

Litt trist å tenke på at jeg som alltid har likt å svømme og bade helt siden jeg var liten jente ikke lenger kan bade i en svømmehall. Da jeg fikk min asthma i jobben da ble jeg også astmatisk mot klor. Når jeg henter ungene ved svømmehallen med buss får jeg til og med astmaattakk av kloren som sitter i hud, hår, badetøy, håndduker og liknende av passasjerene da de går inn i bussen. Å gå inn i en svømmehall er blitt utenkelig for meg.

Svømmehallen er blitt utilgjengelig for meg.

In English

A little sad to think of that I who have always liked to swim and bathe since I was a little girl can no longer swim in a swimming pool. Since I got my asthma from work I have also become asthmatic to chlorine. When I pick up the kids at the swimming pool I even get asthma attack from the chlorine that is in the skin, hair, swimwear, towels and so on from the passengers when they enter the bus. Going to a swimming pool have become unthinkable for me.

The swimming pool is a place that is unavailable to me.


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I want a perfume ban – Eli Vatle Sundsbak – bt.no

Translation in English further down

Vil forby parfyme

BT artikkel “- En dråpe for mye er nok til å bli syk, sier allergiker Eli Vatle Sundsbak, som blir dårlig av godlukt.

Røyken er borte fra utelivet. Det neste kan bli parfymen. Mange blir syke av godlukten, og parfymen bør bort fra det offentlige rom. Det mener både Astma- og Allergiforbundet og Landsforeningen for Hjerte- og Lungesyke.

Skyr folkemasser Eli Vatle Sundsbak skyr store selskaper, handlesentre, taxfreeforretninger, og andre steder hvor hun vet hun kan treffe masse folk.

– Kommer jeg for nær en som har dynket seg med fransk parfyme, kan et migreneanfall være på vei, sier den 71 år gamle pensjonisten.

Eli Vatle Sundsbak lider av parfymeallergi. Gjennom årene er det blitt en del selskaper hun har måttet forlate i hui og hast på grunn av parfymeduft.

Snu i døren Da Vatle Sundsbak var yrkesaktiv, kunne det skje at hun måtte snu i døren på jobben fordi hun tilfeldigvis hadde sittet i nærheten av en parfymebruker på bussen.

– Flimring for øynene er første faresignal. Får jeg ikke frisk luft, slår hodepinen inn. Da er det ingen annen utvei enn å gå hjem å legge seg, sier hun.

Hjemme best Vatle Sundsbak er derfor ikke så ofte å se på kafeer og restauranter. Hun trives best hjemme.”

Kilde: http://www.bt.no/nyheter/lokalt/Vil-forby-parfyme–2613358.html

Jeg er enig i at parfymerte passasjerer er en helseplage, ikke bare for allergiske og astmatiske sjåfører som meg selv, men også for medpassasjerere. Busselskapa, tog-, trikk- og tunnelbaneselskapa kunne også gjøre noe for oss som sliter med parfymeallergi og vaske vognene innvendig med parfymefrie vaskemidler. Bedrifter og butikker kunne forby ansatte å bruke parfyme i arbeidstida.

In English

From news article in BT.no

Will ban perfume

BT “- A drop too much is enough to get sick, says perfume allergic Eli Vatle who get sick from the perfume use.

The smoke is gone from the nightlife. The next could be perfume. Many are sick from perfume, and perfume should be away from the public. It says both the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association and the Norwegian National Association for Heart and Lung.

Avoids crowds Eli Vatle Sundsbak shuns large gatherings and party, shopping malls, duty free shops and other places where she knows she can take a lot of people.

– When I get too close to someone who has doused them with perfume, a migraine is coming, says the 71 years old pensionist.

Eli Vatle Sundsbak suffer from perfume allergies. Over the years there have been a number of happenings she has had to leave in a hurry because of the perfume fragrance.

Turn around in the door When Vatle Sundsbak was working, it happend that she had to turn in the door at work because she happened to have been near a perfume user in the bus.

– Flickering of the eyes is the first danger signal. If I can not get fresh air, it turn into the headache. Then there is no other option than to go home to bed, she says.

Home best Vatle Sundsbak is not so often seen in cafes and restaurants. She prefers home. ”

Source: http://www.bt.no/nyheter/lokalt/Vil-forby-parfyme–2613358.html

I agree that perfumed passengers is a health problem, not only for allergic and asthmatic drivers like myself, but also for fellow passengers. Bus companies, train, tram and metro companies could also do something for us who are struggling with perfume allergies and wash vehicles inside with perfume-free cleaning agents. Companies and shops could forbid their employees to use perfume at work.