Regarding "No reason to ban all use of fragrances" (Oct. 26, Letters): To dismiss those with allergic reactions to perfumes and other scents as "just too sensitive" is ignorant. Suggesting that one disregard others and wear whatever fragrance they like, but not as much, seems immature.
To mask normal body odors with another smell is often just as offensive. No one wants to stop anyone from smelling good. The fragrance wearer should pause before slathering on a scent so strong that no one can avoid the smell.
Avoiding a smell is not always easy. Should students excuse themselves from classes? Should one leave a restaurant meal uneaten? I left a theater performance once and spent 20 minutes coughing outside because of fragrances from several individuals. I avoid, when I can, laundry detergent aisles at the market and department store perfume counters to dodge pounding headaches.
Until the letter writer walks in the shoes of an allergy sufferer, he has little room to pontificate on the subject.