I am the charge nurse of an acute dialysis unit and I am stuck in a 4-bedded room all day. Over the past few months I have noticed that I have developed a severe allergy to perfume. It is so overwhelming that as soon as someone walks into the room wearing perfume I immediately recoil and start having breathing difficulties ( I have asthma too) and I literally feel like I can't breathe. Shortly after an exposure to perfume, I start getting a severe headache, nausea and fatigue. My trachea feels like it's been burned for a few hours afterwards. I have posted some signs around the room and on the door warning people to please not wear perfume in the dialysis room but people just don't notice or ignore it.
The problem is that my manager is not based in the hospital as we are contractors. I don't feel like I can approach the hospital management for fear of upsetting my own management and I don't think anyone is going to take this seriously. In a hospital you have no control over who is coming into the door. Thankfully we don't allow relatives or visitors but the issues I have had are mainly with doctors, other nurses and transport people. I asked a transport worker the other day to please not wear perfume if she was going to come to dialysis and she looked at me as if I was insane. She said "what can I do if I need to come to dialysis?". I said "maybe not wear perfume to work". She complained to her manager who called me and yelled at me as if I was asking for something outrageous. Luckily these people don't stay long, however the after effects of the chemical exposure last for hours afterwards.
Has anyone had any experience of dealing with this? I am feeling ill!