Fragrance allergy: According to contact dermatitis expert Dr. Younus Khan, who forms the Stretch Dermatology, an allergy to perfumes or perfumes is the second most common cause of skin allergies Center in Toronto.
Sensitivity to perfume can be defined as irritation or an adverse reaction to chemicals in perfume or other scented products such as air fresheners and cosmetics. Sensitivity to strong smells can make people severely allergic to Illinois. People with asthma or other respiratory diseases may be more prone to perfume allergies than healthy people.
Perfume allergy symptoms
Sensitivities to smells or general smells trigger various unpleasant reactions in humans. Some common symptoms of a perfume allergy are:
- mild to severe headache
- Skin irritation, itching, and rash
- Sneezing, coughing, and runny nose, also called allergic rhinitis
- Difficulty, dizziness, and tiredness in the airways
- watery, red, itchy rings
- Inability to concentrate
- Swelling or angioedema
- Nausea and vomiting
Studies have shown that strong fragrances from perfumes or Cologne can even trigger a migraine attack in people with migraines.
Chemical fragrances in perfumes and other products.
Perfumes contain a mix of different ingredients, including a complex blend of natural essences and synthesized chemicals. Perfume or Cologne contains about 14 secret chemical ingredients that can cause severe allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to fragrances.
People who have been dispersed with these sensitizing chemicals run the risk of being sensitized upon contact with these fragrances. Many of these chemicals are unstable and quickly oxidized during storage or in connection with the sun and air. These oxidation products act as reliable phototoxic agents and activators.
One of these fragrance chemicals, limonene, is used as a solvent in cleaning products. Not only can it decompose and activate potent activators, but it also reacts with ozone, which creates dangerous pollutants such as acetaldehyde and formaldehyde, which pose a severe risk to various health problems. Another chemical commonly used in perfumes is linalool, a component of lavender oil.
Its derivatives – linalyl acetate and linalyl anthranilate – produce allergens when in contact with air. In addition to fragrances, perfumes and body spray also contain stabilizers, solvents, and preservatives: UV absorbers and dyes. Allergies to perfumes affect the user and trigger passive reactions to other people who are in contact with the user or share a room with them.
How can you prevent/make the invitation scent sensitive?
One way to prevent sensitivity to fragrances is to avoid products that contain the sensitizing substance. Carefully reviewing the product labels and selecting products with “non-perfumed” or “non-perfumed” labels can be helpful. However, these labels are not always safe, and the product may still contain herbal ingredients. Limit exposure to odors or smells used by others in public places or at work. People who are sensitive to perfumes should make sure that their colleagues are aware of their condition.
A dermatologist or allergist can recommend safe products based on individual sensitivities. The allergen that causes sensitivity is usually diagnosed using a patch test on the person’s skin. A mixture of different fragrance ingredients is used for testing. A positive test patch for a particular component would mean that the person is allergic to that chemical smell. With this knowledge, the person could avoid products that contain this ingredient in the future. However, it is not easy since the labels of fragrance products usually do not contain all the ingredients.
Odor sensitivity in the workplace.
Nowadays, employers are adapting to more and more people who are sensitive to perfumes. Some companies no longer use air fresheners and use fragrance-free cleaning products to reduce the chemicals smelling in them. Companies also inform their employees about this segment and implement a voluntary, fragrance-free action plan as far as possible.