When your body is so sensitive to everything even the slightest stimulant can seem unbearable. Sometimes it is impossible to cut these out of your life completely; but you can cut down on them
It is advisable to use a combination of the following tips. You may still need dark glasses, even in a darkened room.
Noise sensitivity can be very hard to live with because even the slightest noise like the rain or someone talking in another room, can be too much. It is often hard to cut out all noise, especially if it is coming from outside; but there are ways to reduce the problem.
If you can cope with a little soft music, you can put it on to block out surrounding noise; but listening takes energy so try and have periods of complete silent rest. It is an idea to use headphones because they contain the sound, making it more confined. Try using earphones; but just in one ear because it reduces the amount of stimulation you receive.
This is a very difficult symptom to live with and there is little that can be done. The main approach is to reduce contact with the affected areas.
SMELL OR CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY
Sensitivity to smell can be very hard to live with as it is hard to cut out all smells, whether they are from the garden or come in on people’s clothing.
Make sure people who come into the house use non-scented products like those made by Simple or Avon. Ask them not to wear perfume or aftershave. This can be difficult if you have lots of people coming to the house e.g. carers but try to explain the problem to them.
An air purifier can help with allergies, including hay fever and also remove smells. They are available from Kelkoo and Argos.
Keep doors and windows shut to keep smells out of the person’s room and in the room they are coming from. Open the windows within the room to air the smell out before opening the door and allowing the smell to penetrate the rest of the house.
Keep the kitchen door closed to trap cooking smells and always keep lids on pans. Have a window open to extract the smell. Try to cook things that cook quickly and don’t give out a strong smell.
Wash new clothes and bedding before using to remove the chemical smells. Lakeland do a Wash-It Laundry ball. This is a washing ball for the washing machine, which cleans without using a detergent.
There are a number of shops which now stock eco-friendly and chemical free products, great for people with sensitivities.
The Healthy House sell products which are good for people with smell, chemical, electrical sensitivities, S.A.D, allergies, asthma and eczema, including a range of cleaning products which don’t smell, air purifiers and non-smelling. www.healthy-house.co.uk
Alternatively try Ecover cleaning products, wash powder, washing up liquid etc and E-cloths with water to clean glass/mirrors. Available from some leading supermarkets.
Bio-D cleaning products are chemical free, Faith in Nature Shampoos and Jasons toothpaste, face cream etc, all available from http://www.honestycosmetics.co.uk
Non perfumed deodorants without chemicals can be found at health shops and Lush www.lush.co.uk
Green People have a range of products. www.greenpeople.co.uk
Marks and Spencer’s have also brought out a natural range. www.marksandspencer.com
Natural odour free paints can be bought from www.eco-paints.co.uk
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