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Here’s Why Strong Scents Cause Headaches, Migraines… and More

Avoid the urge to douse yourself in perfume or cologne — especially if you’re going to be around a group of people.Strong scents aren’t just annoying, they can cause real health problems.

Symptoms from Strong Scent Products

Out of a survey of 1,098 Australians, one-third of them reported experiencing one or more health issues as a result of scented products. Of those bothered by the scents, 17% had respiratory troubles, like problems breathing, coughing, or shortness of breath.

Other issues included:

  • migraines
  • eye irritation
  • sneezing
  • dizziness
  • head pain
  • nausea
  • diarrhea
  • mental cloudiness.
And these issues weren’t just mild annoyances, either: They caused 8% of people to call out sick from work.

Other Sickness-Inducing Fragrances

Air fresheners or deodorizers were a problem for 16% of those surveyed, and cleaning fluids did it for 15%.


Scientists say it’s because these products release dangerous air pollutants, some of them carcinogenic, which emit even more pollutants when combined with ozone. This could be contributing to some of the effects people feel when they smell the fragrances.

And, by the way, 43% of survey respondents said they also wished their offices were fragrance-free — so you may want to lay off the cologne before work so you don’t literally give your coworkers a headache.

Pasadena Treatment Migraines, Headaches, TMJ/TMD

Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.

If you are ready to take a step towards being pain free, or simply want to learn more about how the minimally invasive migraine treatment called TruDenta works, contact us today to set up a FREE TruDenta consultation.