- 6 months ago
- Wedding: April 2018
I’m looking for some advice. I’m unfortunately allergic to perfume & some heavily scented candles. At the worst they give me a migraine & if I’m lucky it’s only sneezing, coughing, swollen eyes & eczema.
I haven’t been able to wear perfume in about 8 years.
I’m usually fine being around people wearing it unless they wear too much.
Anyway to the point, some of the women in my team at work have startd spraying it on themselves at their desk. They’re in my team & I’m friendly with all of them.
They sit a couple of metres across the corridor from me.
The other day, one lady asked another for perfume. I was standing next to them & said please don’t spray it here. I’m allergic. Perhaps they didn’t hear me as they sprayed it. I went home with a mild headache & sneezing
Then 2 days ago in a team meeting, I asked if I could please bring something up. I said I’m really allergic to perfume. Can you please spray it in the bathroom. They heard & there was a discussion.
Anyway come yesterday I smelt perfume. It was strong &I figured it was the girls sitting behind me. I rushed over to where my team members were sitting &said I’m coming over here as someone has sprayed perfume. They looked at me & said it was us. After I’d told them not to. It was so strong I could smell it from my desk. I said to them again please don’t spray it, it’ll give me a migraine. Then the other one just casually sprayed it on her neck while I was talking.
I was furious. When I got home, I was sneezing, coughing, swollen eyes all through to this morning. Could barely put on my contact lenses as my eyes are so swollen. Oh & I’ve woken up with eczema on my arm too.
My question is, what do I do about it? They clearly don’t take my allergies seriously…do I tell my boss even though we are friendly. I walk with one of them every lunch time!
Also just something else to add. At work we had a shared thanksgiving lunch last year. One of the ladies who sprayed the perfume on her neck while I was speaking made a lasagne & added peanuts to it. One of the girls in the office is allergic to nuts &didn’t realise there were peanuts in the lasange. Who adds peanuts to lasagne! She ended up in A&E. The lady in my team, her excuse was if she’s allergic to nuts she should’ve checked what was in the lasagne . She doesn’t seem to care about allergies…