I’m Allergic to Perfume – and I’m not alone

Yesterday was a bit of a write-off for me.

I went in to work, as usual, and the day was just getting underway. Suddenly everything changed.

Someone walked into my workplace wearing a perfume that didn’t agree with me.

From here everything went quickly downhill. My stomach did some kind of backflip. My eyes watered. My head felt like it might split open. My lungs ached as if I had been running uphill in sub-zero temperatures. And, worst of all, I just couldn’t explain to my co-workers what was wrong. It was as if my brain had slowed down – I couldn’t put my thoughts into words. I felt as if my entire body was betraying me.

I lost a day of work because someone wore perfume.

And I’m frustrated.

Don’t make my workplace unfit for me to work in – please keep your scented products to yourself.






6 thoughts on “I’m Allergic to Perfume – and I’m not alone

  1. Wow, I had no idea it could cause such devastating allergic reactions, poor you :( I never wear it myself as I tend to dislike strong pungent aromas and I never understood why some people think it is nice to drench themselves. I can find it hard to breathe, and I dislike it especially when I’m eating as it makes my food taste of their perfume which is not what I ordered! It can be as bad as smoking for ruining a good meal. But I’m glad I just find it unpleasant rather than making me ill. I’d hope that if people realised they might not do it, so maybe awareness needs to be raised. Actually it can be an issue to asthma sufferers too, so you have allies there. We should have the Right to Fresh Air!

  2. Oh wow, don’t even joke. I had an allergic reaction to my own perfume on sunday night. my whole body was covered in a rash so I went to the emergency hospital and got an antihestamine shot but for the whole week since wednesday my face has been swelling up in odd places for no apparent reason. Maybe it’s other peoples perfumes?

  3. Yikes! It’s scary when you’re allergic to something you have little to no control over. Maybe you can help bring awareness through your blog about it!

    The first allergic reaction I had was to hypoallergenic hand lotion. Ironic, right? I’ve only had one other reaction to a lotion this far, but I’m definitely sticking to the one I have now. As long I’m not touched by someone who just slathered on lotion I’m allergic to, I’m safe.

  4. I’ve been dealing with the severity of this for the past 2 years and now it has come to wearing a mask.

    I get all these symptoms except for a rash and I do mean ALL of them. No fun :(
    The possible list of symptoms of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is almost endless – varies from one patient to the next. Also worthy of mention here is the fact that there is no sharp demarcation between the symptoms of MCS and those of ME/CFS/CFIDS/PVFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis – chronic fatigue), but that most sufferers of MCS complain of at least several of the following:

    •burning, stinging eyes
    •wheezing, breathlessness nausea
    •extreme fatigue/lethargy
    •poor memory & concentration
    •runny nose (rhinitis)
    •sore throat, cough
    •sinus problems
    •skin rashes and/or itching skin
    •sensitivity to light & noise
    •sleeping problems
    •digestive upset
    •muscle & joint pain.

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