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5/27/11 1:01 A

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Hi Jodi!

I've been very fortunate in my work as I have my own office and can shut the door. My co-workers are aware I have a problem and most are pretty good about it. I did have an incident where somebody got carried away using bathroom spray a few weeks ago and I had an asthma attack. It's scary not to be able to breathe.

I do feel isolated and not part of the group at work during the times that I have to shut my office door. I also do not go to social events because of the colognes. I love movies so I go at times when the theater will be empty.

I wish they would start having cologne free sections at events. Wouldn't that be awesome?

My sensitivity is about the same as yours, but my reactions are asthma, sinus and ears clogging up instantly and chronic sinus and ear infections. It has gotten worse as I get older.

There hasn't been alot of people on this team posting lately, but if you look around on some of the past posts, you might find some useful information.

I feel very thankful for the friends I have made on spark. It's nice to be able to socialize in a scent free zone!

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Hello. I've had a hypersensitivity to perfumes, colognes, cleaning products, cigarette smoke, etc for several years. It seems it's worse all the time, and I suffer asthma attacks and also develop bronchitis/pneumonia as a result of exposure.

As a result, I am leaving my teaching job in a couple of weeks, and I will begin teaching on the Internet. It's a good option, but I am concerned about shutting myself off in a bubble.

It's been years since I went to the movies, and I seldom go to concerts, museums, etc., as people here in Mexico really love their perfume.

I'm hoping to learn about strategies to deal with this from some of you. I look forward to going through the posts here and seeing what you have been discussing.

- Jodi

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