Most clients, friends and family are careful to not expose me to scents but every so often I have to deal with the after-effects of a scent someone is wearing.
A few weeks ago I was hugged by someone wearing a scent that I am allergic to. By the time I realized they were wearing the substance it was too late. The scent was in my hair, on my clothing, and the substance was on my face and hands.
I knew I had to get home to shower, as that was the only way I could get rid of the scent. The 30 minute drive home was a challenge. My asthma flared up and I was concerned that I may end up in hospital. I got home, showered, then threw the clothes I was wearing in the washer. Even with those measures taken I wasn't myself for several days.
After that event I was reminded of something a very kind Soul did when I ran into them a few months ago. I was delighted to see them and went in for a hug. Thankfully, they backed away and said, "I'm wearing scent." Their quick thinking saved me from an exposure. I was so grateful that I could have, well, hugged them....... but didn't.
So, if you see me somewhere and you're wearing scents.... don't let me hug you. I will be eternally grateful.