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    Do you have smell sensitivities? If so, to what? How do you deal with it in public settings, like work?

    I'm super smell sensitive. Perfumes, sprays, scented wax, etc.
    "Be what you're looking for."

  • I did many years ago, but now I can hardly smell anything!


    • Wow. Really? Wonder what caused that?
      I'm very sensitive to them. It's one of those ailments you can't "see" so many people think it is made up. Or they think you just don't like the scent itself and are complaining. But it's not about scent preference.

      Another interesting thing...I've never met a man like this. I've never met a man who had sensitive to chemicals and smells like I do and like some other women I know do. I thought of this today because there was some office drama lately (shock shock...haha) because several of the women like to burn those scented waxes in their offices. It infiltrates the whole building and causes me and one other woman allergic reaction. I had to ask them to stop doing it.

      I'm the same way with most colognes and perfumes. There are some that don't bother me and others that are horrible.
      "Be what you're looking for."


      • I'm not completely sure BD. I used to have a very sharp sense of smell, and would also have asthma and/or other symptoms like headaches with certain chemical smells. Some chemicals that i suppose are odorless, would make me sick. Once we were driving and passed a home pouring concrete (I think) in their driveway, and I was very sick for days. Didn't smell anything but it came over me immedidately as we passed that home.

        Chemicals are toxic, no doubt. I can smell sweet things now, but not stinky things or sour smells. It's rather odd. I'll often not smell anything, but feel a light-headedness or headache come over me.

        This was 15-20 yrs ago. Idk if you remember from other posts, but I went through a period where I'd been very sick and this was part of it. I was eventually treated for a fungal overgrowth in my gut, and I was better within weeks. My keen sense of smell faded over time and never returned!


        • I don't smoke, so have a strong sense of smell. I notice anything & everything. We are surrounded by smells, but I seldom smell anything bad. I also used to have hayfever: for some reason it is gone. I am very glad of this. Not having hayfever does also mean my sense of smell hasn't deteriorated.


          • That's very interesting Loric. I have never heard that before! But I can see where anxiety makes us in a "hyper" state of sensitivity, so I suppose that carries on to odors too!
            "Be what you're looking for."


            • I love your post, Loric2014. Smell can contribute to anxiety. The world is full of smells and every smell has a psychological effect on the human brain: and animals' brains. I suppose this is why most people shower every day: or at least bathe a few times a week.

              Anyhow, an interesting post, Loric2014.


              • Originally posted by Beautiful Disaster View Post
                I've never met a man like this
                We exist. But everyone else I know that has it is a woman.

                On second thought, I just came off a trip with some friends and the husband told me he went through a period where perfumes were debilitating for him a few years ago. It came up because my wife asked them to not wear perfumes. He had internal and external problems from them. His skin would break out and he’d get sick.
                Last edited by Stillness; 07-20-2018, 08:17 AM. Reason: Correction
                "Those sowing seed with tears
                Will reap with a joyful shout." - Psalm 126


                • Stillness - I wondered where you'd been! I hope you had a great trip.

                  I feel his pain for sure.
                  "Be what you're looking for."


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