Scented products are problematic for an increasing number of people. Fragrance is a common trigger for asthma, allergies, and respiratory disorders. Given the nature of health care, it is highly likely that patients will be encountered that experience adverse effects from scented products.
Though I never wore perfume to work, it was only after I developed severe respiratory sensitization to a common fragrance chemical did I realize how many products contained fragrance. Often toiletries, laundry products, and other items are highly scented and can be as problematic as perfumes.
I have not worked as a nurse since 1990 because of my severe respiratory response to many scented products. But when I seek medical care, I often encounter nurses and other health care staff that use scented products. If I ever had to be hospitalized I would be in serious trouble.
I am curious as to what policies are in place in hospitals and health care facilities regarding the use of scented products.
I have compiled considerable information regarding health and environmental concerns related to scented products. Much of this information is available at: http://www.fpinva.org
A referenced summary of concerns may be seen at: