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What is the ingredient in perfume or cologne that will trigger an asthma attack?

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Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine
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In brief: Perfume & asthma

There is no certain ingredient in perfumes that causes an asthma attack as much as the allergens released from the fragrances.
It is an allergic or irritant that causes the asthma attack for people with asthma, it is best to avoid the fragrances including candles, incense, soaps, etc. If they can not they can try an otc zyrtec (cetirizine) or prescription singular.

In brief: Perfume & asthma

There is no certain ingredient in perfumes that causes an asthma attack as much as the allergens released from the fragrances.
It is an allergic or irritant that causes the asthma attack for people with asthma, it is best to avoid the fragrances including candles, incense, soaps, etc. If they can not they can try an otc zyrtec (cetirizine) or prescription singular.
Dr. Seema Patel
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Dr. Andrew Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Nonspecific Irritant

In general, asthmatics have "twitchy" airways that make then prone to respond to many different stimuli - including allergens and non specific irritants.
Perfumes and colognes that trigger asthma are most likely non specific irritation to the airway. There is no skin test or blood test for this, it would be a matter of one's experience around these chemical to understand if they are triggers.

In brief: Nonspecific Irritant

In general, asthmatics have "twitchy" airways that make then prone to respond to many different stimuli - including allergens and non specific irritants.
Perfumes and colognes that trigger asthma are most likely non specific irritation to the airway. There is no skin test or blood test for this, it would be a matter of one's experience around these chemical to understand if they are triggers.
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