Awkward Conversations About Asthma
One new trigger for me is perfume.
Hubby and I were at the theater waiting for a movie to start, and a group of college aged girls came in and sat near us. The first thing I noticed is that one of them was wearing REALLY sweet stinky perfume. Some people don't realize that a LITTLE bit of perfume can go a LONG ways.....
So, I started sneezing. Then I started coughing. I realized I was in trouble and needed my inhaler. My husband asked what was wrong? I said I didn't know. By then, it was dark and the movie had started, so I had to fumble around in my purse for a few minutes to find my inhaler. Using my inhaler helped, but my lungs were a little angry (apparently from the perfume), so I coughed up phlegm for the rest of the movie. Not exactly a pleasant experience for me or anyone else around me at the theater.
That was the first time that someone's perfume had made me have an asthma attack. It was a sudden, bad asthma attack and really scared me.
Shortly after that, I was watching my daughter's dance recital and noticed someone was wearing a stinky perfume. You guessed it....it triggered an asthma attack. I had to leave the auditorium because I wasn't sure who was wearing it, but I could smell it. I knew I had to get away from that part of the auditorium. I ended up in the hall using my inhaler and missed her performance. I was so mad because what someone else did (wore strong stinky perfume) made me have an asthma attack. Have some consideration people! A tiny spritz of perfume will do, you don't have to spray down your entire body!
An asthma trigger at work
The next morning, a new administrative assistant started at work. I could smell her perfume out in the hall. Here we go again! Now what should I do? I had to think fast. I stopped by her desk to introduce myself and tell her what programs I coordinate. I casually mentioned one of my programs was asthma education and how we teach people to avoid their asthma triggers. I told her that as a matter of fact, perfume is one of my asthma triggers. That I had suffered an asthma attack the night before during my daughter's dance recital from someone's perfume and I was afraid that her perfume would also cause a problem for me at work.
I asked her if she would mind NOT wearing her perfume to the office. I was honest and told her, "this is a really awkward conversation for me to have." "Can you please not wear that perfume to the office?" (As I give her a big awkward smile....)
For those of you who really LOVE your perfume and feel others may enjoy the scent too - we don't! As you can see, perfume can trigger asthma attacks (and can leave my chest tight and me coughing up phlegm for a couple of days.)
Please be considerate. We would like to be able to breathe too!
Have asthma inhalers affected your dental health?