A Ban on Perfume and Aftershave

@RasmaSandra (14726)
Riga, Latvia
October 25, 2015 12:49pm CST
There have been many times when I’ve visited friends or family in the hospital but I never thought about things like perfume bothering them. Now doctors in Canada have put a ban on the use of perfumes and aftershaves in hospitals and clinics. The thought is that these kind of scents can trigger asthma and allergies. Researches show that more than half of asthma attacks are caused by irritants like strong smells. Besides these kind of scents other irritants can be cigarette smoke, cleaning fluids and other strong odors. So doctors want to make sure that the hospital environment is clean of artificial smells. Besides I feel that hospitals already have enough odd smells in them. Another concern is that about a third of people say they are physically affected by artificial scents worn by others. It is also possible that in hospitals certain scents can make a patient’s condition worse. I shudder to think of all the times that I visited friends or family in hospitals and gave them great big hugs wafting perfume in the air. I sure hope that after awhile all hospitals everywhere will be aware of this and also band perfume and aftershave and other strong scents. Read more:
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@cahaya1983 (10165)
• Malaysia
26 Oct 15
That's definitely a valid reason to ban perfumes, in my opinion. I get irritated by certain scents even without any allergies or sickness, so I'm sure for sick patients it could be worse.
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• Eugene, Oregon
26 Oct 15
Many people wear far to much of whatever scent they like. Movie theaters and auditoriums are good places to leave that stuff at home.
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@yukimori (8710)
• United States
25 Oct 15
It's definitely a good move. I'm one of those who gets scent-triggered migraines. A lot of people don't realize that strong fragrances can have that effect on others.
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@kizzyB (184)
• United Kingdom
25 Oct 15
Certain cleaning agents make me wheeze and I don't even have asthma. Strong perfume is also linked to triggering migraine in some people. Brave move by the hospital. It will be interesting to see if it makes a difference.
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@Rohvannyn (3129)
• United States
2 Mar 16
I have a problem with people wearing that type of stuff, too. A little is fine but usually it doesn't stop at a little. My employer has a rule against perfume too, which many don't follow, much to the detriment of my asthma.
@RasmaSandra (14726)
• Riga, Latvia
7 Mar 16
@Rohwannyn I sympathize I have a friend with asthma so I hope too many perfumy people don't hug you.
@JudyEv (107490)
• Bunbury, Australia
16 Feb 16
This is something you don't really think about unless it is drawn to your attention. We were with friends, one of whom has COPD and he had to leave an area we were visiting because someone came in wearing a scent which our friend couldn't cope with. It must be hard in hospitals with so many strange scents around the place.
@RasmaSandra (14726)
• Riga, Latvia
20 Feb 16
@JudyEv I totally agree and imagine if anyone has a real bad case of allergy against a particular scent. I'm surprised someone didn't think about this long ago.
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