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    I dabble with fragrance oils once in awhile, but it has been quite some time. I did about a month ago and noticed later how it really started to get to me. I thought my imagination.

    However today, it did it again. Headache, stuffy nose, stuffy head, itchy nose, sneezing, scratchy throat. Feels like full blown allergies.

    Might be a co-inky dink and would have happened anyways, but I am wondering if maybe since I have been ridding my body of toxins and whatever, that I am extra sensitive to the fragrance oils? Not essential oils but man-made oils. If this is the case, it makes me sad but also helps me in a way, to know that this is not something I should be doing.

    Any thoughts or experiences? THanks!
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    I also just had a thought, that maybe I have had these sensitivities all along, it was just masked by what I thought were other allergies.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by gopintos View Post
      I also just had a thought, that maybe I have had these sensitivities all along, it was just masked by what I thought were other allergies.
      ^^^this.

      i have long been sensitive to commercial perfumes, because the alcohols in them carries the fragrance esters far and wide and i kachoo-kachoo. now, i sometimes have to walk away from people because whatever they are wearing is making me choke and gag. i can't even walk into one of those body & bath stores.

      i have zero issues with essential and natural oils.
      As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

      Ernest Hemingway

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      • #4
        I've always been very sensitive so I don't notice a lot of difference.

        By the way, since I stopped eating eggs for breakfast I can actually ride my bicycle to work breathing through my nose the entire time. Not bad for someone with a somewhat adenoidal face.
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        • #5
          I can't even walk down the soap aisle in the supermarket without holding my breath. All those fake fragrances make my throat feel like it is closing up and choking me.

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          • #6
            Fragrances not so much (then again, I live in the oilfield.) I am much more sensitive to a known allergen (cottonseed oil) as well as sugar. My husband jokes that I make up for my inability to taste bitter in most cases with an overwhelming sensitivity to sweet.
            As for the fragrance area of stores, well, there's a reason my sisters and I called it the "stinky section." I'm not sensitive to it, but it's always been strong enough to set my coughing like I walked through a cloud of cigarette smoke. (Actually, reading back through that, I may have that sensitivity. Huh.)
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
              make my throat feel like it is closing up and choking me.
              Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
              enough to set my coughing like I walked through a cloud of cigarette smoke.
              I had that same sensation after I posted. I thought oh great, I won't be able to breathe and now I am gonna die. uggh pissed me off :P Going outside helped to clear my head. At least now I know it is not my imagination.
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              • #8
                I'm a lot more sensitive to hot foods now. I used to be able to eat jalapenos from the jar, now they're almost unbearable.
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                • #9
                  I started being more sensitive to both environmental ickiness like mold and pollen, and crap like fragrances almost three years ago when I first began restricting wheat. I don't know if it's the restriction, or gaining weight and general unfitness that's triggered asthma. I can't do the laundry products aisle at the store either, and there's a lot of people here in AU who slather on that nasty body spray too. Got so bad before I was put on a daily med that I could hardly go to the local grocery without having an asthma attack. I really wish people would be more sensitive to others' noses and lungs. What really hacks me off is the people who 'test' the body sprays at the grocery store. That ought to be outright outlawed. At least in a department store I can steer clear of the perfume section.
                  And airports kill me. There's something about arriving back to Sydney airport that triggers an attack every time. Medicated or not.

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                  • #10
                    I'm more sensitive to stupidity.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jojohaligo View Post
                      I'm more sensitive to stupidity.
                      All kidding aside, this. I am just so sick of people's self induced suffering due to their bad choices regardless of the back story.
                      Wheat is the new tobacco. Spread the word.

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                      • #12
                        I've never been particularly allergic - no hay fever, asthma, food allergies etc - but I did have a nasty experience with perfume a few years back. Back then I really got into perfumes and used to hang out on a forum callled Basenotes where people would discuss perfumes old and new and swap samples. Never had a problem with any of them until a lady who was an artisan perfumer offered up some samples to try. I usually apply by spraying down the inside of each forearm and down my chest, and I spritzed liberally. First day was no problem but I tried a different sample each day for several days and suddenly I got the mother of all rashes. I had to get some prescription strength steroid cream from the doctor in order to shift it. It was extremely itchy and uncomfortable. I don't know what she used - she claims it was all natural - but I was definitely allergic to one of the ingredients in her perfumes.

                        The only other thing that really bothers me is chlorine. I had a foot operation over summer and couldn't do much in the way of walking so decided to swim instead. I've had the sneezes after swimming before but it steadily got worse after each swim until last Sunday when I couldn't breathe through my nose for a whole night. I remember swimming around 15 years ago with no problems so it may just be the amount of chlorine they use at the local pool due to it being public and used by kids.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by IvyBlue View Post
                          All kidding aside, this. I am just so sick of people's self induced suffering due to their bad choices regardless of the back story.

                          Yal see I am thinking I was just making my own allergies worse, when I use to work with the fragrance oils, because I just didnt know. And now that the other allergies have cleared up and I havent been around FO for quite some time, this is really noticeable. And I was trying to decide what I wanted to do when I grew up, and I thought this might be the path, but now I am seeing that it might not even be an option now. So I guess that is a good thing, helping me to narrow down my choices

                          All very interesting posts. Thank you!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by IvyBlue View Post
                            All kidding aside, this. I am just so sick of people's self induced suffering due to their bad choices regardless of the back story.

                            +1

                            It's frustrating when ppl aren't willing to make the changes that alleviate the suffering. "I KNOW it's bad for me, but it TASTES so good!"

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                            • #15
                              ate two pieces of cake (BIG pieces mind you) on my 40th bday - fell into a coma on the couch for an hour and a half, woke up feeling horrific - been primal and sugarfree for over 6 months prior to that, definitely more insulin sensitive.........

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