What is a good deodorant and cleaning products for asthma and fragrance senstivity?

Putting deodorant on is the hardest part of my day. I have a skin sensitivity to powder type so I use gels. Now I’ve recovered from a foot injury and can exercise and as soon as my body warms the horrible deoderant odor is stronger than in the morning. Also wondering if I’ll be able to go the gym- I can no longer go to movies, church or the library. Thanks, Hannah.

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  1. Hannah14 author says:

    So you don’t talk about asthma triggers on this site? Or ask what works for other people with asthma? I’m guessing the dermatologist won’t have the answers.

    I’ll keep experimenting, thanks!

  2. Leon Lebowitz, RRT moderator says:

    Hannah – we appreciate your concern but Richard was just simply advising what we can and cannot do as moderators and team members in terms of medical advice and diagnostics on our website.
    However, if you’re looking for information on ‘triggers’, you’ve certainly come to the right place. You will find many of our articles and discussions related to asthma and triggers right here: https://asthma.net/?s=triggers&submit=Go

    I do hope you find this to be helpful.
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator)

  3. Hannah14 author says:

    Thanks so much for the link! I was just diagnosed 8 months ago. Asthma is not what I thought it was. Luckily every person I’ve explained the fragrance issue to has stopped wearing perfume, roommates stopped using fabric softner and incense, including the entire lab I work in, my school class, the dental hygenist. I’m amazed at how nice people are about it. A lady told me about her sensitivity a few months before my diagnosis and I honestly thought she was a bit crazy!

    My dr thinks I won’t need to use an inhaler if I avoid triggers about 6 months. My lungs were damaged by an overuse of chemicals in my environment.

  4. Lyn Harper, RRT moderator says:

    Hannah – I have a lot of sensitivities and have had some success going to my local health food store or Whole Foods. They have a lot of skin care products (and cleaning products) that are scent free. Not all of them work, so it may be a little trial and error, but I felt it was worth the effort. It also tends to cost a little more than the mainstream products – but once again, if you’re able to use it, that’s a big plus!

    I hope you find what you need.

    Lyn (moderator)

  5. Hannah14 author says:

    Thanks Lyn I will check that out! I don’t use glasses although I need them and the fine print is hard for me. I’m excited in Calif they just passed a law requiring cleaning products to reveal their ingredients. My dream is for fragrance industry to be forced to do the same. Febreeze has been sued several times and won to not reveal. The fragrance consortium (lobbyist) fight it..My bigger dream is that their taxed to death!

    I’ve had to go to the Urgent Care and go on prednisone twice because of incense.

  6. Hi Hannah. For your protection we cannot give medical advice over the internet. A dermatologist may be able to help with suggestions for hypoallergenic deodorants or ones for sensitive skin. Please keep us posted on how you are doing. Best, Richard (Asthma.net Team)

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