Air fresheners and allergies?

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-18-2013
Air fresheners and allergies?
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Wed, 02-20-2013 - 8:09am

I have a problem that I think I have narrowed down to air fresheners but my friends think I am crazy. When I walk in their homes, my eyes and nose start running, my throat gets scratchy and I will have an allergy attack. At first I thought it was one of my friend's dog but the other doesn't have a dog and yet another does have a dog but doesn't use any kind of air freshener. I absolutely can't be in the homes of my friends that use any kind of spray or automatic dispenser or my symptoms start. I began to notice it when I would go into public bathrooms with those spray sensors in them and I have put two and two together and air fresheners of any kind seem to be the culprit. Can it be possible to be allergic to air freshener?

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-05-2013
Fri, 04-05-2013 - 2:21pm

I always wondered why.

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-05-2013
Fri, 04-05-2013 - 2:20pm

Very interesting

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-05-2013
Fri, 04-05-2013 - 2:17pm

I too seem to be allergic to some.

Community Leader
Registered: 08-31-2002
Thu, 02-28-2013 - 8:31pm

The same thing can happen to you when people use fregnant soaps.  They can be as bad a perfume for some folks.

Harriette

Community Leader
Registered: 08-31-2002
Thu, 02-28-2013 - 8:29pm

Mary,

This is absolutely possible.  I'll tell you a quick story.  One of the hospitals I worked in had a no smoking policy.  When I came to work someone had smoked in my office and cigarette smoke is the trigger for my asthma.  The State Inspectors were coming to my office so I called housekeeping to get the cigarette butt out of the office ASAP.  The lady from housekeeping smelled my office and said she had to fix it before the inspectors came so she sprayed with an air freshner.  Well the State Inspectors came, I had an asthma attack and had to be carried out to the ER and the whole scene was a colossal mess.  I never let them spray my office after that.  However, the hospital passed the State inspection!

Harriette

Thebugnurse2

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-16-2013
Wed, 02-20-2013 - 11:55am

It is absolutely possible to be allergic to air fresheners! People don't realize the fragrance in many air fresheners can trigger and allergy or asthma attack in someone else. My son can't even be around certain candles because it will trigger an attack. My allergies are ususally set off by many floral scents.  

Have you talked to your doctor about some allergy meds? I've been using something for about a year now and it seems to help me.