March 8, 2013
Before Heather Collins enrolled her five-year-old daughter, Sophie, in ballet classes at the local recreation center in Boulder, Colorado, she went to the ballet studio to sniff around. Literally.
That’s because Sophie is one of an estimated 2 percent to 11 percent of Americans with fragrance allergy. For some, the symptoms of a fragrance allergy involve skin irritation. For Sophie, the symptoms are a little more serious. An encounter with perfumes, a laundry vent wafting scented detergent, most cleaning products, or air fresheners, not to mention shampoos, moisturizers, or sunscreens, can send her to the emergency room with respiratory problems.