I've been swimming before work every morning for the last 8 years and I feel that I have benefitted a lot from doing this. However, over the last few weeks one of those nasty automatic air fresheners has been introduced to the locker rooms. It sprays a foul smelling 'perfume' every 20 minutes and as there is no air conditioning or other ventilation the result is that I walk into the building and my lungs go on strike. I have discussed this with the manager and it appears that the air fresheners are an attempt to mask the smell of the drains, which have been a problem for the last 8 years. My position is that they woudl be better to fix the drains but that is too expensive so, after some negotiation, it has been agreed that the evil machine will be removed from the ladies locker room on Sunday evening and replaced again after I have left on Friday morning and I appreciate the gesture. However, it isn't working very well. I'm coughing and my peak flow is falling steadily and I'm getting more depressed and miserable about the whole thing.
I don't want to stop having my swim so I thought that maybe I could find an air freshener that doesn't use chemicals that would set off the asthma but would still have enough fragrance to mask the smell from the drains - possibly something that uses menthol/eucaluptus oil?
Anyway, if anyone has any ideas I'd be very grateful - I'm willing to try anything!