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