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Perfume Problems

When I get around people with cologne perfume or lotions, I get an immediate headache, this becomes a pulsating pressure filled migraine, I can't think straight, the floor looks like it's collasping in on itself, I start coughing and my asthma kicks in.

This cost me my last job because my coworkers would not wear less or no perfume. Some of them wore so much.
(Ofcourse when my vics rub irritated one of them I was banned from using it.)

Really it makes work and school difficult and sometimes impossible.
I have tried masks filters etc and can't seem to find a way to deal with this irritant. Any ideas?
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You do have my sympathies.  I don't get headaches, but my asthma reaction is varily severe.  

What has worked for me is pre-treating for the reaction.  Work with your allergist to find an effective pre-treatment plan for you.  Patanase or Astepro may help some, then you can add atrovent and NasalCrom if those don't work. I also take a good oral antihistamine.  I have heard of some people eliminating their symptoms with Zyrtec.  I tried pre-treating with my rescue inhaler, but that didn't work for me.  I then tried combivent which worked well until I got away from the trigger and then I started coughing like crazy.  That was weird.  I now neb albuterol or Xopenex.

Having very well controlled asthma helped me a lot.  When it is very well controlled I don't react as much to things.

I have a friend that uses the Vicks nasal tube thing straight in her nose (NOT the jarred chest rub ---  OUCH!!!).  

If you don't have an allergist, you should find one that will work with you on this.  I would recommend finding one that specializes in head aches and migraines as well as allergies and asthma.  That can be tricky though, but they do exist.  

Good luck and keep me posted.
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II've tried most of the meds available including the really expensive ones.

The thing is taking Zyrtec, Nasalcrom, and manuka honey  keeps the severe outdoor allergies under control, on escpecially bad days an allergen blocker applied to the nose helps keep it under control. But the chemical stuff it's just sniff sniff BaM Migraine.

I fired one allergist already, his reaction to my allergy scrath test was **** how are you still alive? That was real funny especially after the epipen and several doses of allergy meds I needed after the test. The new guy isn't much better. They seem to just not listen. Then say get shots, I say when I have shots I am sick as a dog and have zero memory. I would literally drive for hours forgetting where on Earth I had intended to go not to mention how much time had passed. Then they say here is some meds that will run you about 200 to 300 a month, and I can't pay it.


I'll  try the vicks nasal thing. Or you know bringing a fire hose to work.

There has got to be some way to filter or block a perfume smell.
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haha... Firehose them all!!  I call them toxic clouds.  ;)  

My dr developed something she named Fragrant Oil.  It is a blend of essential oils which helps 95% of her patients.  I know she has lectured and written articles about it, so maybe your dr or a compounding pharmacist can dig up some info on it and mix some up for you.  You apply one drop just under each nostril, not in the nostril as it has euclyptus and pine oils in it. I got my bottle two years ago for $45 and I still have over half of it left and I have given some of it away.

I have found that I am much less reactive when my allergies and asthma are very well controlled.  I do recommend that you find a dr that will work with you to find a serum mix that you can tollerate and a dosage you don't react to as well.  It is so hard to find good drs that will listen these days.  As far as being able to afford your meds, I suggest you look into assistence programs the pharmaceutical companies offer.  You can discus these with your dr, or check out www.rxassist.com (could be .org).  Your dr may also be able to get you assistence from foundations.  

Just don't give up.  It is a battle, but there are lots of options availabl;e if you keep working at it.

Feel better.
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Hi, welcome to the forum, it is important to rule out the cause. Firstly, migraine can be suspected, if so the triggering factor for your headache like specific food, smell etc has to be ruled out. As in your case smell of perfume is triggering factor.

Systematic evaluation using CT/MRI of brain will rule out other brain pathology if exists. If it comes normal, should consider the possibility of migraine. In such cases trigger factor should be isolated and need to avoid further exposure. It can be treated with the help of NSAIDs and triptans (for acute attack) otherwise few medications like propranalol against prescription are available as preventive measure .

Even sinusitis should be ruled out which present as pressure over fore head. This can be ruled out with the help of appropriate head x-ray which can visualize the para nasal sinuses. If sinusitis present then draining of sinuses will provide immense relief.

I suggest you to consult neurophysician. Take care and regards.
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The essential oil idea I had not heard about before. I will definately inquire about it.
I'll check out the assistance program too. I've averaged about $7000+ in medical expenses over the last 4 years so all the help I can get is good. Of course I am getting on heck of a tax write off at the moment :)  
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