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Perfume Leaves Sour Mood

Dear Abby,

My problem is my mother-in-law and hear abundant use of perfume. The last time she visited, it was so bad we had to open our windows to air out the rooms. (This was in January in Minnesota.)

My husband addressed the problem with her when I was pregnant, but now that the baby is here she's back to her old habits.

We are all sensitive to perfumes and get headaches when exposed to it. When she visits, we can't get away from the smell. I don't wear perfume, but was always told that "perfume is to be discovered, never announced." However, when I say that around here; she dismisses it.

What's the proper etiquette in addressing the perfume cloud that surrounds her?

-The Nose Knows

Dear Nose,

I receive complaints about perfumes almost daily. Perfume "in abundance" can cause serious allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to it. And when they are exposed to it in enclosed places (elevators, airplances, house with storm windows, gymnasiums, etc.), it can cause real problems. Your mother-in-law should be reminded again that her perfume is causing headaches and asked to please not use it around you. Depending upon how old she is and her sense of smell, she may not realize she is using as much as she is.

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~Erie Times-News, Monday, July 1st, 2013

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