What specifically am I sensitive to?
April 2, 2014 3:11 AM Subscribe
After having to leave a meeting due to someone elses perfume, I would love to know what chemical it is in scented products that I am sensitive to. Can we narrow it down some? Details of reaction inside.
posted by Iteki to Health & Fitness (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
First off: I love perfume. However, on a semi-regular basis someone is wearing a scent (in sufficiant amounts) that contains something I am sensitive to. The scents themselves differ, but I notice I am reacting when I feel a burning in my nose and throat, I can usually "taste" their perfume as well and can pick up on it from quite a distance or by walking down a hallway they have recently been in, whatever element it is lingers. I become nauseous and get a quite strong headache focussed in my forhead (sort of between my eyebrows).
Once I am "set off" I feel that I am much more likely to react to other scents or allergens during the rest of that day, my tolerance as it were is lowered quite a lot. I am mainly talking about perfumes but also some body lotions, washing powders, shower gels etc.
What exactly is it that is most likely setting me off? I would love to say "I'm intolerant of AB2CD, which is in a lot of perfumes" rather than "I am sensitive to perfume" because people get nutzoid about just perfume and scents. They get offended, think it's a judgement call (but this is expeeeensive perfume!) and do weird shit like wear extra to see if you notice.
Other stuff I am sensitive to includes: really aged meat/cheese makes my face go numb, contact dermatitis from metal belts etc and straight up allergic to cat/dog hair/dander/whatever. I don't appear to have a problem with naturally smelly things like orange oil etc but some flowers will fuck me up, especially like, lillies or hyacynths (which give me cold-sores!)