How to Protect Yourself Against Fragrance in Public
Last updated: July 2022
We can take all the measures to avoid a migraine.
We take our medicine, eat the right foods, get consistent sleep, stay hydrated, avoid fragrances… and then we leave the house and are vulnerable to the uncontrollable elements of our environment.
- A coworker may wear strong perfume or cologne.
- The hotel room you’re staying in was sprayed with an air freshener.
- You’re riding in a friend’s car who is a smoker.
There are SO many scenarios we find ourselves in that can directly affect our health but we don’t have full control over.
What’s a migraineur to do?
What can you do?
At work: Talk with Human Resources about a fragrance-free policy in the workplace and/or request a workspace by a window, the best ventilation, or even a work from home option.
On vacation: Go prepared with your own fragrance-free sunscreen and bug repellent and call the hotel in advance to request that your room not be sprayed with air freshener.
In the mall: Take a different route through department stores to avoid walking through the fragrance department.
On public transportation: Leverage the normalization of masks to lessen the exposure and impact of the scent.
Tell us below how you navigate scents in public spaces.
How many medications do you take to manage your chronic migraines?