I'm allergic to a coworker/questions about contacts

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   Posted 2/14/2010 11:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Not really, but I'm allergic to some kind of product she uses.

I have pretty general environmental allergies (along with some rather annoying medical ones), most pollens or strong sprays will cause them to bother me. I also have a coworker who is laying on quite heavily some sort of spray (probably hairspray but possibly perfume). She often ends up ringing on the register next to me, so my entire shift is torture (especially if I go in with my contacts on).

Is there any polite way to discuss this with either her or my bosses? I don't want to seem like a jerk, but I'm not sure if there's a more tactful method than "Hey, new person, lay off the hair spray."

I also am trying out contacts and find my eyes get dry and red a lot faster (especially around allergens). I have astigmatism, so I need toric lenses, but I LIKE wearing contacts as opposed to trying to keep my glasses on my nose. But, I have to deal with cigarette smoke from my mom and all sorts of stuff from above coworker and some customers. Any advice here?
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   Posted 2/15/2010 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
*Waves at you smilewinkgrin Hiyya! *
I have in the past have dropped hints to a person who is wearing a strong perfume because they bother me as well.  But if they don't take the hint then I get a little more blunt.  You can always say something like "That is a really nice scent you're wearing but it is really messing with my allergies. It's making my eyes really itchy, can you please stop wearing it?"  That way there is a compliment along with a gentle request.  If she refuses to change her scent or stop wearing them, take the complaint to the manager.  Because when you say register I am assuming retail or grocery?  And if it is bothering you then more then likely it is bothering a consumer with allergies.  I know that in the stores that I go to, cashiers no matter what industry are discouraged from using strong scents for that very reason.
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   Posted 2/15/2010 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey you!

I work at a liquor store, currently.

In general I've been told not to wear strong scents (especially to interviews) no matter what the industry. And I'm not sure how to phrase that nicely when referring to hair spray. But thanks.
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Ulcerative colitis from rectum to mid transverse colon, diagnosed 3/6/2009, symptoms for 2 years beforehand
Currently on lialda 4x/day, Entocort 9 mg/day, calcium and d, B12, yogurt, fish oil
Allergies: penicillin, sulfa, bee stings, environmental (especially ragweed!), OTC meds as needed

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   Posted 2/15/2010 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I just told my new coworker bluntly, as I wheezed in her face, "Your perfume is killing me!" She stopped wearing it and became my best friend.

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