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What I can do if I’m hypersensitive to smell?

Due to my COPD I’m hypersensitive to smell, even unscented products. Any idea what this could be or what I can do?


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  • Leon Lebowitz, BA, RRT moderator
    2 years ago

    You may want to inquire of your physician if it would be suitable to wear the type of mask that helps to filter out aromas and scents. Hospital staff use them all the time to prevent the spread of infection – it might just help with the extreme sensitivity to scents.

  • Erin Rush moderator
    2 years ago

    I am sorry you are dealing with smell sensitivity. You might find this article by one of our contributors informative –https://copd.net/living/make-body-friendly/. She discusses how even unscented products can still have a smell. They may not be artificially scented, but the very products they are made of may have a scent you are picking up on. And as you probably already know, strong scents can exacerbate COPD symptoms. You may want to look into very specific products designed for people with chemical/smell sensitivities that may or may not be available at your local stores. I hope this helps, and know you are not alone! Sensitivity to smells comes up a fair amount in this community. And also, we are a very friendly community that does not allow disrespect in any way, shape, or form. You are safe to ask questions here anytime. Thank you for reaching out!

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