According to a new report, scented candles, air fresheners and other such perfumed products may expose a person to adverse health effects, such as migraine and asthma. The report suggested that perfumed products may cause allergies, migraine, asthma and even one’s sex desire. Almost a third of the people exposed to scents in the form of molecules in the fragrances suffer from health effects as these molecules trigger the immune response causing scaly, cracked skin and itchiness.
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Dr Susannah Baron, consultant dermatologist at Kent and Canterbury Hospital and BMI Chaucer Hospital said that while the number of cases of allergies is on a rise, so are the amount of perfumed products. Baron added that fragrance allergy as a contact dermatitis or a flare-up of existing eczema comes up at the site where a perfumed product is applied.
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Two surveys conducted by Anne Steinemann, professor of civil and environmental engineering and public affairs at the University of Washington were quoted to have found more than 30 per cent of reported adverse health effects arising from being exposed to fragrances in daily life.
Steinemann said that while adding fragrance implies cleanliness, one is exposing himself/herself to a much bigger problem i.e. throwing toxic chemicals in the air.
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