Fragrances, Respiratory Problems and COPD

Will being fragrance free help if you have COPD, asthma or other respiratory problems?

Yes, it will. Even avoiding ‘natural fragrances’ or essential oils will help. Here’s why:

Anything ‘extra’ that is put into the air will be taken in each time you breathe. When you smell a fragrance, it is because you inhaled it. It’s the same as if you inhaled smoke or ashes. Or the coal dust that miners inhale. You breathe it in, it gets into your lungs and can clog your airways. If your system is already compromised, it will make it worse.

My husband says that I am the best thing to happen to his asthma. (Before me, he dated a woman who bathed in fragrances.) In the 14 years we’ve been together, his asthma has been well controlled. Why? Because I don’t allow fragrances into my home.

If you have COPD, asthma or another respiratory problem, I invite you to take the Fragrance Free Thirty Day Challenge. It could be the best thing to happen to your health issue too!

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3 thoughts on “Fragrances, Respiratory Problems and COPD”

  1. On my companion site, Fragrance Free World, I had this comment just today:

    I have COPD and many fragrances irritate my airways so badly, that I have sit down and do nothing, until the worst of the scent passes, but it takes a long time after that to bounce back.

  2. Once I smell the offending fragrance, my heartbeat becomes irregular, my sinuses fill up and I struggle to breathe. These symptoms do not go away for a few days, just dissipate each day. Sometimes a full-blown exacerbation occurs from the smell and I have to take a course of antibiotics and steroids to be able to breathe. My workplace often makes me sick and I so wish employers would ban the use of fragrances in the workplace, especially for those who “bathe” in perfume or body products.

  3. Patti, I’m so sorry you’re having to deal with this. There are many of us who would like to see chemical fragrances banned from many places. The best we can do is to keep making others aware of the problem. Best of luck to you with you work environment.

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