To minimize the potential adverse allergic and/or medical reactions associated with exposure to scented products, the McCausland Hospital is now a SCENT-FREE facility.
What is meant by "Scents"?
A "scent" is fragrance, aroma, or perfume that adds a smell to something else. Scents can usually be found in personal care products such as perfumes, aftershaves, colognes, shampoos and conditioners, soaps, body lotions and deodorants, as well as cleaning products and some flowers.
Did you know?
A product that is labeled "unscented" or "fragrance-free" only means that there has been no additional fragrance added to the product.
Some Facts about "Scents"
- Scented products contain chemicals that can cause serious health problems for many people, especially those with asthma, allergies and environmental illnesses.
- Scent lingers in the air long after you lose your sense of smell for them.
- More than 80% of the chemical ingredients in scented products have never been tested to see if they are poisonous to humans.
- In a recent staff/client survey, 80% of respondents noted they are affected by strong fragrances.
What are some of the Effects of Scented Products?
Scents enter our bodies through our skin and lungs. The chemicals in scents can cause many different reactions.
Some people experience only mild reactions:
- feeling dizzy, tired or weak
- shortness of breath
- cold-like symptoms
More serious reactions include:
- worsening of asthma conditions
- feeling anxious
- problems concentrating
- loss of appetite
- muscle pain
What can you do?
- Respect others by NOT wearing perfume, cologne, after-shave, or scented hairspray when coming into our facility
- Do not bring scented flowers into the Hospital. Check with the local floral shop for flowers with little or no fragrance.
- Use scent-free products when available.