Article Summary

Prevalence of Fragrance Sensitivity in the American Population

The researchers conducted two national surveys (1,057 and 1,058 people) to determine the percentages of people who report adverse health effects from exposure to fragranced products.

What did the surveys find?

30.5% of the general population found scented products on others irritating.

19.0% reported adverse health effects from air fresheners.

10.9% reported irritation from scented laundry products vented outside.

Results were nearly twice as high for people with asthma.

What do these findings mean?

A significant percentage of the U.S. population reports adverse effects from fragranced products.