If you have a physical reaction after coming in contact with perfume or fragrance, you may have an allergy. Symptoms include a mild to severe headache, skin irritation (itching and rashes), allergic rhinitis, breathing difficulties, watery and itchy eyes, and nausea. Common ingredients found in perfumes or fragrances that can cause a reaction are citronella, oak moss, balsam of Peru and synthetic components. What Causes Perfume Allergies? The average perfume has about 14 chemicals that could trigger an allergic reaction. People with asthma or other respiratory illnesses are more vulnerable to this allergy. The allergists at NY Allergy & Sinus Centers see common cases of allergy induced asthma and allergic rhinitis, and they can help you navigate through this difficult allergy. Perfume Allergy Diagnosis If you believe you have a perfume allergy, an allergist can perform an allergy test to confirm the diagnosis. A blood or patch test can identify your allergy to a specific scent. If the results are positive, your doctor can develop a treatment plan for you. Perfume Allergy Treatment The best treatment for perfume allergy is avoidance; however, it is impossible to avoid all fragrances. In that case, over the counter allergy medication can treat headaches and allergic rhinitis. You should seek advice from an allergist to determine which treatment will best relieve your symptoms. For breathing problems related to perfume allergy, your doctor or allergist can prescribe you an inhaled corticosteroid. Allergy Education If you suffer from a perfume allergy, it is important to educate those around you. When working in an office environment, talk to your coworkers about your allergy and kindly ask them not to spray or wear perfume at work. If you are concerned about a perfume allergy, the allergists at NY Allergy & Sinus Centers have access to the latest allergy testing and treatment at our seven locations throughout Manhattan and Queens: Murray Hill, Midtown, Upper West Side, Chelsea, Upper East Side, Glendale and Hollis. We see both pediatric and adult patients and can accommodate for same day appointments. Call (212) 686-4448 to book your appointment today.