A study from the University of Melbourne suggests that unpleasant side effects from scented products may be quite common.

When exposed to fragranced products, 33% of Australians suffer adverse health effects, such as breathing difficulties, headaches, dizziness, rashes, congestion, seizures, nausea, and a range of other physical problems.

The results mirrored those from similar research Professor Steinemann conducted in the United States, which found 34.7 per cent of people experienced health problems when exposed to fragranced products.

“This is an epidemic,” Professor Steinemann said. “Fragranced products are creating health problems across Australia. The effects can be immediate, severe and potentially disabling,” she said. “But they can also be subtle, and people may not realise they’re being affected.”

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