Asthma & Fragrances - Can it worsen your asthma?Jun 15, 2023
Fragrances can worsen asthma symptoms in certain individuals. For people with asthma, exposure to fragrances, which release volatile organic compounds (VOCs), can irritate the airways and trigger coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. To manage asthma effectively, it is important to minimize exposure to fragrances by choosing fragrance-free or unscented products, ensuring proper ventilation, reading product labels, and educating others about your sensitivity. Consulting with a healthcare professional can provide further guidance on managing fragrance-related asthma triggers.
When individuals with asthma are exposed to fragrances, they may experience the following symptoms:
1) Coughing: Persistent or frequent coughing, especially in response to fragrance exposure.
2) Wheezing: Whistling or rattling sounds while breathing, particularly after inhaling fragrances.
3) Shortness of breath: Difficulty breathing or feeling breathless, which may be triggered by fragrances.
4) Chest tightness: A sensation of pressure or constriction in the chest, often accompanied by fragrance exposure.
Reducing exposure to fragrances can be beneficial for managing asthma symptoms in individuals who are sensitive to them.
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