Fragrance sensitivity is actually quite common. A study (2009) found  that 30.5% of the general population reported scented products on others irritating.   

Fragrance sensitivity is a  known symptom trigger in a number of health conditions including

  • Migraines 
  • Dermatitis and other skin irritation coniditions
  • Asthma
  • PTSD and anxiety
  • Non Allergic Rhinitis 

People are more likely to be sensitive to fragrance when they are experiencing  fatigue or anxiety,  Exposure to fragrance if fragrance sensitive may also trigger anxiety and fatigue.   (fragrance sensitivity and anxiety loop.)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say they do not belong in the workplace, and many educational and medical facilities are now adopting fragrance free policies similar to the CDC one. .

Fragrance is not appropriate for a professional work environment, and the use of some products with fragrance may be detrimental to the health of workers with chemical sensitivities, allergies, asthma, and chronic headaches/migraines. CDC Indoor Air Policy Document Page 9


If you are experiencing smell or fragrance sensitivity choosing fragrance free products and reducing your overall exposures to fragrance may help you feel  a lot better.  

Here are some of my tips for fragrance sensitivity

You may also be interested in the article by wiki how - how to cope with scent sensitivity


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(2) Odorant substances that trigger headaches in migraine patients.

(3)  When Allergies Don't Non-allergic Rhinitis - WebMD › Allergies › Reference


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