Each food-sensitive person is unusual, but some are very unusual! Shalu’s blood pressure rises with exposure to perfumes! She writes “So it’s not me alone, who is battling this blood pressure problem. Doctors say it’s just your stress which raises BP suddenly. But having BP of 118/70 with medicines, and spiking to level 190/100, only because of perfumes, and odour sensitivity is my problem.
I got this problem after having my baby. Strange!!! I never had any allergy.”
My comment: No Shula, you are not alone! But each of you who have raised blood pressure as your symptom is rare, even for me who sees only people who react to aromatic compounds! Each person has their own reactions and having an increased blood pressure is unusual, but each patient I looked after who had a raised BP after aromatic food was clear in the connection.
The important idea is that your reactions are affected by what I call the Total Body Load of similar shaped compounds. That is aromas in the air (perfumes and any other strong smells) but also aromas in food. You can’t do much about smells in the air, except stay away from where you know they are worse, and stay away from those smells you know you react to most. But you can reduce the aromatic compounds in your food, and that means you don’t react to the aromas in the air nearly as much.
It is an effort to change your diet but it is fantastic to feel normal when you are out an about!
I do meet many food sensitive people who get instant headaches, migraine or nausea from smells and have found that diet makes a huge difference. Do read the article “What’s smell go to do with it?” http://www.foodintolerancepro.com/category/food-intolerance/whats-smell-got-to-do-with-it/
And then help yourself by buying Are You Food Sensitive? which takes you through the process of getting to your own best diet. You can get it from this site, or to read for $5.50 from AmazonKindle
Getting your reaction after having a baby means it is probably related to hormone changes as well. Think how many women change in pregnancy to feeling nausea, and even vomiting as well, with strong smells. You can use that idea to help others believe your rise in blood pressure symptom.
The good news about having the symptom after having your baby is that changing your hormones, such as after you stop breastfeeding, or using a different contraceptive, may decrease your reaction, though not usually as much as diet. You don’t have to be allergic. Allergy means reacting to a protein; and smells in the air and smells in foods are not proteins. Reactions are part of your metabolic system not part of an allergy. And a bonus! If you use the diet while breastfeeding you may have a more settled baby.
I wish you well in continuing the detective work you have begun to the point where you don’t have such scary reactions. All the best! Joan