How to Get Rid of Nausea From Perfume?


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Nausea caused by perfume can be a symptom of perfume sensitivity or allergy. The best way to get rid of nausea from perfume is to avoid exposure to the substance that causes the symptom in the first place.

However it may not always be possible to avoid exposure especially if you live or work with people who wear perfume for personal or professional reasons. Here are some tips that can help reduce symptoms of perfume sensitivity or allergy:

  • Use natural cleaning or personal care products or make your own with such items as vinegar and baking soda5.
  • Do not use air fresheners or perfumes if these scents trigger nausea6.
  • When cooking use a fan to remove food smells from the room6.
  • Try over-the-counter oral antihistamines like cetirizine (Zyrtec) diphenhydramine (Benadryl) or loratadine (Claritin) to help with itching and stuffiness1.
  • If you have a perfume allergy your treatment should be based on your symptoms and the substance that causes the allergy. Most importantly it should include avoidance of the substance that caused the symptom in the first place1.

Can you provide more information on the common symptoms of perfume sensitivity or allergy besides nausea? Are there any specific signs to look out for?

Fragrance sensitivity or allergy can cause a variety of symptoms including respiratory and skin allergy symptoms. Some of the common symptoms of fragrance sensitivity or allergy include:

Respiratory allergy symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Wheezing
  • A tight feeling in the chest
  • Worsening asthma symptoms
  • Runny and stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Watery itching burning and red eyes
  • Congestion

Skin allergy symptoms:

  • A skin allergy like contact dermatitis which causes redness itching and burning
  • Skin redness
  • Skin itching and burning
  • Rash or redness
  • Itching even where you don’t see any rash or irritation
  • Itching around your eyes

It is important to note that the symptoms experienced can vary depending on whether an individual has a perfume allergy or sensitivity. Allergic reactions typically give an itchy red rash that goes away quickly after exposure to the perfume while sensitivity doesn’t necessarily trigger a body-wide immune system response.

With sensitivity an individual might have a rash that goes away after a few hours or a mild headache. In some cases individuals experience breathing difficulties such as wheezing a tight feeling in the chest or worsening of asthma symptoms.

Are there any alternative remedies or strategies to alleviate nausea caused by perfume aside from avoiding exposure?

There are several alternative remedies and strategies to alleviate nausea caused by perfume aside from avoiding exposure. Here are some natural remedies that may help:

  1. Aromatherapy: Inhaling specific scents like lavender lemon and peppermint may help calm a troubled tummy. Place a few drops of essential oil in a diffuser or into a tissue and inhale the scent when feeling nauseous.
  2. Ginger: Ginger is a natural remedy for nausea. It has anti-inflammatory properties that may help improve digestion. Ginger can be taken as a supplement sold as capsules or added to tea.
  3. Peppermint: Peppermint oil has been shown to reduce the frequency of nausea vomiting and retching in people undergoing chemotherapy. Rubbing one to two drops of peppermint oil into the back of the neck and bottoms of the feet or adding five to 10 drops of peppermint oil to a cool or warm water bath may help alleviate nausea.
  4. Chamomile tea: Chamomile tea may help alleviate nausea. Drinking chamomile tea or inhaling its steam may help calm the stomach.
  5. Hydration: Staying hydrated is important when experiencing nausea. Drinking water or clear fluids like broth or sports drinks may help alleviate nausea.
  6. Deep breathing: Some studies indicate that deep breathing can help calm nausea.
  7. Lifestyle changes: Avoiding triggers like strong smells flickering lights hot temperatures or driving may help alleviate nausea. Getting outside and taking long deep breaths may also help shift attention away from a queasy stomach.

It is important to note that if the nausea persists or is severe it is recommended to seek medical attention.

How can someone determine if they have a perfume sensitivity or allergy and is there a way to identify the specific substance in a perfume that might be causing the reaction?

To determine if someone has a perfume sensitivity or allergy they should look for symptoms such as headaches trouble breathing skin rash nausea and burning sensation in the nasal passages. If someone experiences these symptoms after exposure to strong perfumes or colognes they could have a fragrance sensitivity.

Fragrance allergy is an allergic contact dermatitis to a fragrance chemical which requires prior sensitization to the fragrance chemical. Symptoms of fragrance sensitivity can include headaches nausea and a skin allergy like contact dermatitis which causes redness itching and burning.

To identify the specific substance in a perfume that might be causing the reaction patch testing with a mixture of fragrance ingredients the fragrance mix can be done. Chemical analysis has revealed that well-known allergens from the fragrance mix are present in 15-100% of cosmetic products including deodorants and fine fragrances and most often in combinations of three to four allergens in the same products.