Did you know that some people can be allergic to scented candles?
This blog post will teach you how to tell if someone is allergic, and what the symptoms are. It will also cover treatment options for those who have this allergy.
The main difference between most other types of airborne allergens and candles is that there are often high concentrations of the allergen right at ground level where they are burning, and people with airborne allergies can often avoid their triggers (like pollen) by staying inside.
Candles also emit particles in the form of soot that can be inhaled into both the upper respiratory tract or bottom lungs.
Be mindful when buying scented candles as some companies use chemicals in their blends which can cause reactions like eczema flareups, asthma attacks, headaches, etc.; this is because people with allergies may have a hard time telling what exactly triggers their sensitivities sometimes so it’s best to err on the side of caution and just do your research before purchasing any new type of candle.
Fragrance Sensitivity: What You Need to Know
Are you sensitive to scented candles?
Everybody has different sensitivities to smells. Some people can smell a scented candle from several feet away and be able to enjoy it, while others may have allergies or sensitivity that prevents them from being able to use the product without feeling negative side effects like headaches, nausea, sinus pressure, dizziness, or wheezing.
These reactions are caused by chemosensory irritation which is overstimulation of your sense of taste and smell.
There are varying degrees in which you can be sensitive to scented candles and some people may have reactions that aren’t as severe such as sneezing or a runny nose while others can experience more serious effects like asthma attacks.
If you find yourself with one or more of the above-mentioned side effects try not using scented candles for a few days or weeks and see if it alleviates the problem.
How can I tell if I am allergic or sensitive to a scent?
If you’re sensitive or allergic to specific fragrances in candles this can lead to symptoms such as:
- Eye Irritation
- Nose Irritation
- Sinus Pressure
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, speak to your doctor about possible medicine or other treatments.
In general, those who are most at risk from allergens caused by scented candles will typically need to avoid them altogether because they could trigger anaphylaxis; this is when your whole body is under attack due to being exposed to something that could potentially kill you.
If you are generally very sensitive to scented candles and can’t avoid using them, try not to get too close or be in the same room for long periods of time while they’re burning.
Is there any way that the person using a candle can avoid this reaction?
The best way to avoid an allergic reaction is by not using scented candles. There are many other ways for you to enjoy the ambiance of a candle such as unscented or even soy wax candles that might be more suitable for your needs.
You can also try burning different types of incense sticks in order to achieve similar results minus the risk of being exposed to things that could trigger a negative response.
If you feel like it’s worth trying out one of these products, make sure that you do so while reading and following all instructions and guidelines on how they should be used!
Fragrance-free vs. Unscented
If you’re sensitive to strong smells, an unscented candle may be a good option.
Scented candles can contain synthetic fragrances or essential oils that some people are allergic to. If you have allergies or asthma and use scented candles, the symptoms could worsen as a result of inhaling these allergens.
Fragrance-free options will not cause this reaction in those with allergies because they don’t contain any artificial fragrance at all; instead, they rely on their natural odor for scenting purposes (eucalyptus is one example).
Some candles don’t have any smell at all, but they can still be considered scented. These are often called unscented or fragrance-free candles because the scent is masked by another chemical that cancels out the natural odor of burning paraffin wax.
Another option for people with allergies who cannot use scented candles is using soy as opposed to paraffin-based ones. Soy has less allergens than paraffin which makes it safer for those with sensitivities.
If you’re sensitive to strong smells and want a candle without added fragrances, an unscented candle may be your best choice.