Asthma and Allergies

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions on asthma and allergies.

What are steps someone can take to reduce their exposure to fragrances?

The best way to reduce fragrance allergies is to get rid of or avoid the fragrances that are causing issues.

If it is a smell that is bothering you at home, try to avoid bringing the smell into your house, according to Premier HealthNet (PHN) physicians.

If it is at work, most employers have policies that protect people with fragrance allergies and will give you a fragrance-free space in which to work, according to PHN physicians.

If the fragrance allergy is a skin allergy that starts when you touch a certain product, do your best to avoid it, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).

Cleaning products, cosmetics, deodorants, soaps, lotions and more – even ones that claim to be fragrance free and hypoallergenic – can cause allergic skin reactions, according to the AAFA. Testing out new products in small amounts can help you find one that works for you.

Talk to your doctor for more information about reducing exposure to fragrance allergies.

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Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; J. Douglas Aldstadt, MD, Family Physicians of Englewood; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Reitz, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Grenetta Ritenour, CNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Marcus Washington, MD, Premier Health Family Medicine; Mark Williams, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine