Fresh air does not smell of fragrance

Frisk luft lukter ikke av parfyme.


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Fragrance Free Week 44 2015 – Martin Kahnberg – sverigesradio.se

Martin Kahnberg tells about his life as a highly sensitive person in a society of fragrance users.

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Parfyme begrenser Martin Kahnbergs hverdag

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Jeg samler vitnemål fra mennesker som er sensitive mot parfyme og som blir sjuke av det slik at du kan lære hvordan det er.

“Martin Kahn Berg kan ikke gå til dans eller kino på grunn av sin lukt overfølsomhet. Nå starter parfymefri uke for å få oss til å forlate duften hjemme.

Det er det svenske Astma- og Allergiforbundet, som ønsker å vise behovet for å ta hensyn til de som parfyme begrenser livene til, dem som er rammet av kjemisk intoleranse.

– Hvis pappa hadde barbert seg i første etasje da jeg begynte å nyse på rommet mitt oppe, det var da jeg var 7-8 år, sier Martin Kahnberg fra Falkenberg.

Han får en tetthet i brystet og blir så trøtt at han ikke har energi til å stå oppreist. – Jeg er aldri ute på pub eller dansesaler fordi jeg vet at der er veldig mange som bruker parfyme. Jeg går ikke på kino heller, selv om jeg vil.

Det tok lang tid før Martin innså at flere hadde problemer med det samme som ham. Men SHR, er sensorisk hyperreaktivitet, er ganske vanlig. Ifølge en forskergruppe ved Sahlgrenska universitetssykehus i Göteborg, er opp til en halv million svensker berørt, og de fleste er kvinner. Derfor kaller nå det svenske Astma- og Allergiforbundet til en parfymefri uke.

For Martin er det ingen behandlinger. Han har testet medisiner i 20 år, men ingenting har hjulpet. Han håper at flere kan tenke hva de sprayer hver morgen. – Tenk på hvor mye du egentlig trenger for å føle at du føler deg komfortabel. For vanligvis er det tilstrekkelig med veldig lite, sier Martin Kahnberg.”

Jeg ville si, droppe parfymen i det hele tatt, da gjør du veldig mange mennesker glade og friskere, og vi kan alle deltake overalt. Parfymebruk begrenser veldig mange menneskers hverdag, og hvordan ville du reagert om du ikke kunne gå på skole, på jobb, dans, kino, konsert eller teater fordi andre skal jåle med parfyme?

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In English

Perfume limits Martin Kahnberg’s daily life

I collect testimonies from people who are sensitive to perfume and being sick from it so you can learn how it is.

“Martin Kahn Berg can not go to dance or cinema because of the odor hypersensitivity. Now start fragrance free week to get us to leave scent at home.

It is the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association, which wants to show the need to take account of those perfume restricts lives, those who are affected by chemical intolerance and asthma.

– If Dad had shaved on the ground floor then I started to sneeze in my room upstairs, it was when I was 7-8 years, says Martin Kahnberg from Falkenberg in Sweden.

He gets a tightness in the chest and become so tired that he do not have the energy to stand upright. – I’m never out at the pub or dance halls because I know that there are very many people using perfume. I do not go to the movies either, although I want to go.

It took a long time before Martin realized that several had problems with the same as him. But SHR, sensory hyperreactivity, is quite common. According to a research team at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, is up to half a million Swedes affected, and most are women. Wherefore now the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association calls for a fragrance week to raise awareness.

For Martin there are no treatments. He has tested medications for 20 years, but nothing has helped. He hopes that more people can think of what they spray each morning. – Think about how much you really need to feel that you feel comfortable. For usually is sufficient very little, says Martin Kahn Berg.”

I would say, drop perfume at all, then you will make so many people happy and healthier, and we can all participate everywhere. Use perfume restrict very many people’s everyday lives, and how would you react if you could not go to school, work, dance, cinema, concert or theater because others fashion mania with perfume?

/ Annelie

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Sensory Hyperreactivity SHR – What is?

What is SHR?

The term sensory hyperreactivity (SHR) has only been used in the past ten years and involves sensitivity to scents and chemicals with symptoms localized mainly to the eyes and respiratory tract.

SHR is easy to confuse with asthma and allergies which can lead to inaccurate information and medication.

Approximately one-third of the adult population experience some form of discomfort triggered by scents and chemicals.

Approximately six percent of the adult population is estimated to have diagnosed SHR and 70 percent of them are women.

Research shows that the use of scented and fragrance added substances steadily increasing.

Eva Millqvist, professor and consultant at Sahlgrenska University Hospital.

Source: http://www.mvt.se/nyheter/motala/?articleid=10197615


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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