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Old 03-02-2014, 05:56 PM
 
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it seems like lately everytime i attend a church service where incense is heavily used, i get all sniffly and congested. i grew up attending church services with heavy incense use every week but never had such symptoms. age-related reaction? but im just in my 30s.
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:39 AM
 
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This happens to many people as they get older and many times it will also cause difficulty in hearing as well.

Its always best to speak with your (ENT) doctor so that he or she can better help you.
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:35 AM
 
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Allergies and such are built with building blocks. Each time your body reacts it sets up to be a little worse the next time. Eventually, it is a crisis unless managed. This is how my doctor described it in simple terms. One more sensitivity is just too much.
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Old 03-05-2014, 06:47 PM
 
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so not even routine allergy meds can help? i take both the once-a-day and the ones every 4 hours daily.
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Old 03-06-2014, 07:00 AM
 
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I get this way from scented candles, sneezing, congestion, sniffles, tickle in throat...a shame there's not a scent-free service for those who are sensitive to scents such as incense...might increase church attendance.
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Old 03-12-2014, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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I dont go to church and have only been in a few chapels at weddings where they use incense... its horrible. and as I have MCS it sets it off big time... I think the stuff was originally used to give the congregation a feeling of reliigious euphoria as scents change the brain patterns in scans..and some clever dick from centuries ago caught on to this.. making people think that the church held special powers......only my opinion but something to think about
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Old 03-12-2014, 05:10 AM
 
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I have heard bad things about incense (cancer related things) and it's smoke so you can expect some kind of irritation (what sweetana says, it builds up).
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Old 03-12-2014, 05:22 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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BBC NEWS | Health | Church air is 'threat to health'
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Old 03-13-2014, 02:49 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Incense is linked to pagan rituals but naturally used without any sense (a little pun). In fairness its part of certain religions worship and has good intentions. The fumes are obnoxious but more importantly
can be a trigger for a reactive airway. Stay away from the infrequent ceremonies that use incense .
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:33 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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It's true that our histamines respond more aggressively each time we are exposed to an allergen; however, the problem could be one specific thing versus a combination of incense. If possible, can you talk to the person responsible for the incense and find out exactly what scents they use? I ask this because I had a similar reaction to a scented candle and further investigation proved that I have a sensitivity to vanilla. I am not allergic to vanilla extract or flavoring, but I've had hives from using vanilla carpet freshener, which leads me to believe there is something in vanilla candles and carpet powder causing the problem. It will be easier to find a solution or work-around if you know exactly what is causing the reaction.

I hope you feel better soon.
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