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Can aerosols cause excessive coughing?

I’m new here & have had several chest infections last few years. Im fed up being on antibiotics & inhalers. I use a lot of deodorants/cleaning products etc & would like to know if perfume, body sprays & cleaning products cause breathing problems, wheezing & coughing until I’m sick. I’ve stopped using these today & so far my cough & chest are absolutely fine. Could these be the cause?

Thank you any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Yes, they certainly can for many people with respiratory problems. One of the members here suggested using a cleaning product called Attitude - you can get it from Amazon. It works really well and is not expensive. I wish I could remember who recommended it so that I could thank them.

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A big fat yes and plug in air fresheners are lethal.

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Hi

The majority of aerosol sprays can trigger a adverse reaction. Several cleaning products, air freshener can also be a concern. If it makes you gasp or takes your breath away it’s most likely to be or become a trigger which will impact on your breathing.

By isolating particular products you will discover the ones to avoid. There’s so many the list is endless.

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Yes, any type of aerosol spray can cause problems. The particles get into your throat and lungs and can make you ill. Perfume sets me off as well as room sprays. If you like the smell perhaps use a fragranced soap and lotion and roll on deodorant. 😊

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Most definitely. You take care xxxx

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Definately will affect you if you have chest problems. Best not to use chemicals especially aerosols, and its best to use roll on or stick deodrant. Chemicals in cleaning products etc and aerosols are very bad for chest problems.

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Yes and all the best

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Definitely. Had to throw away my husband's aerosol deodorant - he couldn't understand how it can affect me across the room. And I have to switch off the air scenter at my singing lesson studio or I wouldn't get any work done at all.

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Most definitely are the cause and like you I have stopped using most things. Only wear perfume if going somewhere very special, deodorant is a roll on not a spray only thing I do seem to tolerate but in small amounts is a spray polish so yes stop anything that affects you

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I also find the only thing I can tolerate is spray polish! Isn't that weird? xx Moy

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You’ve probably just made a list of some of the top irritants for people with Asthma/COPD all of the things listed will definitely irritate your chest and can’t hold cause a bad reaction. I use roll on unperfumed deo, and a lot of fragrance free cleaners x

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A big YES is the answer to your question. I beleive it depends on the chemicals in the sprays. There are some specially developed ones used for asthmatics which are useful for anyone whose cough is worse due to aresols. Allergies can be the cause but very few of us are tested for allergies when we have lung symptoms. Glad you have discovered some of the cause of your symtoms. Take care

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Watch out for your bathroom stuff. for me it's scented shower or bath products, scented shampoo and conditioners, body creams and soaps. Oooh and hospitals, now they are anti baching and cleaning more stringently it has become a nightmare to enter their doors its all the chemicals.

Sue

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Definitely, try roll ons and you can get roll on perfume too.

When cleaning use a mask, you can buy packets of them very cheaply on Amazon and always open a window too. Air freshness and scented candles aren't good either

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Yes. Lethal. Aerosols and any product with fr

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Oops. Aerosols and any product with fragrance whether for cleaning or beauty; including air fresheners, car fresheners; dryer sheets, etc; anything with artificial fragrance.

I just read an extensive article where studies show an Increase in many cancers linked to the use of artificial fragrance.

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You can replace many cleaning products by using vinegar mixed with water. The smell does not bother me..only helps to clear.

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My wife ask ‘are centred candles ok’ Anyone know ?

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Scented. not centered

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I've had birds (small parrots mostly) for several years and since they need immediate accessible oxygen to fly (energy) they do not have filtered lungs. Thus , bird keepers avoid aerosols, non bees wax candles, perfumes, most detergents (you can use vinegar, lemon), and especially avoid Teflon and the self - cleaning cycle on an oven-----I don't know how many owners (even of big macaws, and cockatoos) reported the rapid death of their flocks after leaving a non-stick pan on the stove or hitting the self clean dial.

With my asthma and COPD and especially with the "bad" allele for the alpha1 deficiency ---I figure my lungs are also fairly vulnerable so I take a cue from my flock (the proverbial canary in the mine) and if it can kill them I presume it will /can hurt me.

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My brother visited me yesterday wearing a freshly laundered shirt. I was forced to go outside in the pouring rain because the scent caught my throat and sent me into a severe coughing fit.

I had a similar experience when I employed a cleaner who was very heavy handed with the cleaning materials - not good when you cannot breathe and are coughing and on the verge of being sick.

I think you now have your answer.

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