Strong odors and scents can be a trigger for rhinitis and/or asthma. This is usually not an allergen, but an irritant. Common strong odors that can cause issues include air fresheners, perfumes, colognes, deodorants, nail polish, and some cleaning products.
These irritants can definitely trigger nasal congestion, runny nose, cough, and asthma symptoms. Prevention is the best route to take here.
- Work with your healthcare provider to manage your asthma and allergies
- Have your asthma management plan and appropriate asthma medications with you in case you have an asthma attack after being exposed to strong perfumes or scents.
- Limit your exposure to places where there may be strong odors such as department stores with perfumes, laundromats, and fabric stores.