What do you do when you smell someone before you actually seem him/her?

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   Posted 7/1/2009 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Run for your life!
Tell the person his/her cologne/perfume is polluting the air.
Nothing, stay put and have an asthma attack.

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   Posted 7/2/2009 4:58 AM (GMT -6)   
The people who do this really don't know they have too much perfume on
as their senses get dulled down by it, recently my daughter tried a perfume,
she only said she used one mist and well it make me ill and sneezing for the rest
of the day...some perfumes are just made tooo and I mean toooo strong...
maybe reply by saying, "Wow that's just a lil strong today, maybe try using a little less
perfume tomorrow" and then compliment this persons clothes, might work...as long
as you stay nice with it...
Hope this helps
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   Posted 7/7/2009 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't have asthma but strong perfumes affect my allergies. If someone has on a bit too much I say "Wow, that is sure a nice smelling perfume and it's strong too!" People give me an odd look because they don't know if I complimented them or insulted them! LOL But I hope they get the hint :)
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   Posted 7/7/2009 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I will say that my sense of smell is pretty much gone so I have to depend on others to tell me.
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   Posted 7/15/2009 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I had to move away from a woman who sat down next to me one day because her perfume was killing me. I told her so. She apologized and we later became fast friends. I tell people.

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   Posted 8/4/2009 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I was running on the elliptical machine at my gym a couple days ago, when this very nice looking and obviously hygienic woman stepped up on the machine next to me. about a second later I was overcome by her perfume. I don't have asthma, and it did not really harm me, but trying to breathe that heavily scented air while working out became impossible. Being the passive person I am, I simply stopped my workout and moved on down to the bikes to finish my 30 minutes of cardio.

I found it almost as bad as the time a guy jumped up next to me after coming right in from having a smoke. I remember hoping he would cough up a lung and die as I was walking away.

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   Posted 8/4/2009 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Anything other than AVON upsets the applecart for me.....


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   Posted 8/6/2009 10:17 PM (GMT -6)   
If it's bad, then I have to run for my life as you put it.

I would also try to educate the person, probably by phone. But some people just don't think even when they should know better.

I was at the pulmonologist's office last year when a woman walked in reeking of cologne. I started to cough as well as the nurse practitioner. (She also has asthma). We both wound up taking a breathing treatment. Here's the kicker, the lady was a rep for a pharmaceutical company. I can't believe she was visiting a pulmonologist's office with such a heavy fragrance on. Maybe she was new.

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   Posted 8/7/2009 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
to thp636, the pulmonologist should've sent her home, it's no excuse to wear so much perfume at or to a doctors office!
sorta reminds me of a situation, I have cats and try to keep the litter clean and house from smelling,
and I walked into a person house that had cats and you could really smell their cat box...So, people can become
acustomed to smells to the point they really can't tell how bad it might be....

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