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    Old 02-01-2011, 03:24 PM   #1
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    Itchy all over--reaction to fragrance

    I replied to another thread about this issue, but wanted to post my own story here (as simple as it is). Oh, and I'm new. Just joined! Looking for some camaraderie with my fellow fragrance allergics!

    The symptom is an intense, pervasive, all-over itch, from head to toe. Other symptoms is discomfort when breathing (that's not intense, but definitely present).

    The culprit? INCENSE fragrance! One of the neighbours in my building is burning incense like it's going out of style, and it's coming through out shared heating vents. I've always disliked it, but ignored it until Sunday. He must have switched incense or something, because as soon as I could smell the strong fragrance coming through the vents, my pet birds started sneezing, and very quickly I started itching all over, from head to toe! A really annoying, troubling sort of itch, that doesn't stop no matter how much you itch, it just keeps moving around on the body!! Makes you want to shake someone something fierce!!

    I know it's the incense because it was such a sudden reaction. It's persistent all night. I took benadryl last night for the first time, it helped but only very slightly, but at least it put me to sleep for a few hours. I had almost no sleep the night before because of the itch!! It lessens throughout the day when I'm at work, but about an hour and a half after being at home the itch is coming back something fierce!!

    The only other time I've experienced this is at work, from citrus scented swiffer dusters. I can't even have them within a 6 foot circumference to my body and I start to react with intense body itching. My workplace got rid of them once I told them that they must go!!

    Anyway, I don't know if this is a question, other than a hope that I'm not alone (not that I would wish this on anyone, but at least it would make me feel like I'm not going crazy if someone else experiences the same thing from these fragrances).

    I'm trying to work with the landlord and the tenant to get them to stop burning the darned incense, but it's proven to be a little tricky. I guess that's a different story altogether.

    But I am itching and it's driving me insane!!!

    Nice to meet you all.

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    Old 02-01-2011, 07:26 PM   #2
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    Re: Itchy all over--reaction to fragrance

    No, you are not alone in fragrance allergies. For a long time I've been unable to use any scented products on myself, due to rashes. Since developing asthma, I've found that some fragrances can trigger me pretty badly.

    When it is necessary for me to mention it to someone, I try to be clear, but polite and calm. "I'm sorry, it's not that I don't like you, but you're wearing a fragrance or scented product I'm allergic to, so I'm going to sit on the other side of the table while we talk."

    With a neighbor, I'm not sure how to handle it. Definitely the first step is a polite conversation with the tenant in question. Ironically, the calmer and less hysterical you are, the more likely people are to believe that you really have a problem, and most rational people do not want to make their neighbors sick! Step 2 is landlord.

     
    Old 02-02-2011, 04:46 AM   #3
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    Re: Itchy all over--reaction to fragrance

    Have you tried taking an antihistamine such as zyrtec?

     
    Old 02-02-2011, 05:47 PM   #4
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    Re: Itchy all over--reaction to fragrance

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    No, you are not alone in fragrance allergies. For a long time I've been unable to use any scented products on myself, due to rashes. Since developing asthma, I've found that some fragrances can trigger me pretty badly.

    When it is necessary for me to mention it to someone, I try to be clear, but polite and calm. "I'm sorry, it's not that I don't like you, but you're wearing a fragrance or scented product I'm allergic to, so I'm going to sit on the other side of the table while we talk."

    With a neighbor, I'm not sure how to handle it. Definitely the first step is a polite conversation with the tenant in question. Ironically, the calmer and less hysterical you are, the more likely people are to believe that you really have a problem, and most rational people do not want to make their neighbors sick! Step 2 is landlord.
    Thanks for the advice, Jane. The neighbour uses a LOT of fragrance, not to mention smoking the odd joint. I'm very sensitive to most fragrances and smoke. Over the Christmas holidays he seemed to have gone through a major pot-smoking bender (if you can call it that), combined with incense. Even though I dreaded it, I eventually knocked on his door. I was actually hyperventilating a bit at the time because of the smoke, but I politely told him that all the smoke was filling my apartment and it was making it difficult to breathe. He immediately apologized and said he would stop. Which he did, for a period of time.

    But gradually, he started doing it a few times a week, and it bothered me every time. So I asked my landlord to get involved. Now I am at the point of dealing with the tenant after the landlord said to cut out the burning incense and smoking. The tenant seems to be willing to work it out, unfortunately his apartment REEKS of fragrance of all sorts, and every time the heat comes on, his fragrance is pumped into my apt and it drives me insane with itchiness and makes it harder to breathe.

    He swears he is not burning any incense or smoking in the house any longer. But my apartment REEKS every time the heat comes on, I hate it. I really really don't want to move, I just moved here a few months ago and I like it. I spent three years living in a hellish building before this with incredibly noisy neighbours.

    When I talked to the tenant yesterday and told him I am still smelling it and getting itchy, he mentioned he started using patchouli essential oil. I smelled it, I don't like it, but I don't know if that's it. I am going to go to the natural store tomorrow and check out the patchouli oil and ask the clerk if people can be allergic to it. I sort of seem to remember that I had a problem with patchouli in shampoo years ago, but I'm not totally sure.

    The itching is driving me nuts, and I wake up coughing for about an hour. I coughed so much this morning that I threw up a bit in the shower (sorry if that's too much info!). It was pretty gross.

     
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    Re: Itchy all over--reaction to fragrance

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    Have you tried taking an antihistamine such as zyrtec?
    I don't have a lot of allergies and haven't needed to in the past. I have been using benadryl the past few nights, it takes a bit of the edge off the itch but it's not a cure and I'm tired all day the next day.

     
    Old 02-02-2011, 05:52 PM   #6
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    Re: Itchy all over--reaction to fragrance

    I've been searching online for any allergy symptoms to patchouli, but I can't find much similar to my problems, so maybe it's not the patchouli. Anyone else have any reaction to this specific fragrance?

     
    Old 02-03-2011, 04:35 AM   #7
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    Re: Itchy all over--reaction to fragrance

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    I don't have a lot of allergies and haven't needed to in the past. I have been using benadryl the past few nights, it takes a bit of the edge off the itch but it's not a cure and I'm tired all day the next day.
    Zyrtec shouldn't make you sleepy and it's very cheap in Canada (cetirizine). I strongly suggest you try it.

     
    Old 03-03-2011, 05:20 PM   #8
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    Re: Itchy all over--reaction to fragrance

    Well, the horrible reaction continues. The culprit for the most part is fabric softener!!! How awful. I haven't used the stuff in years because I always thought it was an excessive luxury that smells too strong, but I've never had such a reaction until a month ago. Now I get triiggered everywhere!

    Today, a friend sat beside me and wafts of strong fabric softener scent settled over me from her clothes, and when she shifted her scarf. In twenty minutes, my arms and face (including lips and tongue) were numb and tingly, burning, and the rest of my body from head to toe was crawling with itchiness! My eyes were burning, and I could TASTE the soapy fragrance in my mouth.

    I am seeing my doctor on Monday and plan on asking to see an allergist. All I can think is that my neighbour's dryer exhaust coming through the vents into my apartment with excessive fabric softener scent has triggered an allergic reaction and now I'm super sensitive!!

    I'm taking claritan (I think that's what its called). I tried benadryl but it makes me too drowsy and doesn't work that well anyway. I am so miserable.

     
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