Ugh – Elevators!

So one of the downsides of Saturday's college tour is that we had to take elevators. Lots of elevators with lots of people crammed in and very little ventilation.

I know that usually these elevators wouldn't be so crammed full of people (probably close to a thousand people showed up for this college tour). But I couldn't help thinking how difficult elevators must be to people who have to use them all the time.

I do wish the elevators I was in on Saturday had better ventilation systems! 

Since I live in a rural area with few if any multi-level buildings, it never occurred to me to prepare for being perfume assaulted in an elevator.

How do you handle elevators? Do the elevators you use have good ventilation systems?


Comments 28

  • Kathy P

    Yuck on all the perfume! I'd say take the stairs, but that's probably an issue too 

    My only elevator strategy is not to get shoved to the back! Then if it's too bad, I can get off and jysj take a different one.

  • Shea

    Lol, I do the same thing Marie. Also… If you know in advance you are going to be in elevators or crowds, sometimes having a scarf can help (or a mask even better)… I really do not like crowds and try my best to avoid them (and I still am mask-shy). 

  • Pljohns

    yep-same here-I get stuck in elevators every time I go to see my pulmo-he's on the 5th floor of a med.tower so of course, everyone and their brother is crammed in the elevator, most with perfume on or have used a very strong soap (like DIAL-that one gets me every time).  It's the worst.  I have started keeping a mask in my purse in a small zip bag so I can use it if I end up somewhere with people hacking and coughing or strong smells.

  • K8sMom2002

    Kathy, great idea on the stairs, and it's usually what I opt for if my lungs are behaving.

    However, this was on a college campus and many of the stairwells are keycard secured — you have to have a keycard that allows you access to that stairwell. 

    Since we were guests, I had to follow the guides, and the guides all took the elevators. There was one guide who opted for the stairs … ah, sweet relief!

  • Jeana

    I never thought about elevators, I’m clostephobic so crowded elevators. I stay out of. I went to asthma doctor today and she put me back on prednisone for five days. And increased the doseage on my inhaler to twice more. Since I was on the lowest dose, wasn’t working as well. So I should start to feel better soon. 

  • Pljohns

    Jenna-ugh on the prednisone but maybe between it and the higher dose in the inhaler, you will feel better soon.

  • K8sMom2002

    Jeana, hugs on the prednisone AND the claustrophobia! I'm the same way, and it gets worse when I'm in the midst of an asthma attack. 

    Lynn, amazing that a pulmo would be on the fifth floor! I hope it's nice big generous elevators or that escalators are a possibility as well.

    I really had to do some calming breaths in that teeny-tiny elevator. Fortunately it was only a couple of floors. I do wish we'd had the option to take stairs.

  • LK

    Oh, my, that would be quite a difficult situation, Cynthia! 

    I am not on elevators much, but was on one today to go to the PCP doctor's office.  It was only up one floor.  A lady who was wearing a 'little' perfume exited just as I was getting on.  Amazing how those scents linger!  I've started carrying a mask in my jacket pocket or purse ( like I need more things to carry in my purse!    )  So I had my mask with me and should've put it on but decided to just not breathe deeply.  Couldn't wait to get to the second floor! 

    Jeana,  Hope you start feeling better soon!

  • K8sMom2002

    Lisa, it sounds like by the time you got your mask out, the doors would be opening. I wonder if there's a way people could suggest to elevator manufacturers that ventilation needs to be better? 

    I guess one approach would be to put the mask on before you got on … 

  • LK

    True,  I should've just left it on when I came in from outside.  I was wearing it in the parking lot since it was still chilly out in the morning.  The building entryway was pretty empty so I thought I was going to not run into too many odors.  Live and learn!    And keep learning, and keep learning . . . 

  • K8sMom2002

    I love this! That's my motto — I just keep learning because I can be sooo hard-headed. 

    What other lessons have you learned from the school of hard knocks?

  • Pljohns

    Don't we all!  And I am one stubborn woman-I have to be hit in the head with thing to actually LEARN them

  • Megan Roberts

    Haha I can appreciate that learning method Lynn! Jeanna, hope the increased prednisone is starting to help. I feel the same way about elevators — claustrophobic! But, as Cynthia experienced, stairs are not always an option. It looks like packing your mask for potential visits to places with elevators has been suggested– this will also protect you from any germs you are exposed to with a bunch of people breathing on you in an un-ventilated space!

  • Jeana

    Afternoon, the prednisone is helping, and raising the dosage of my advair has helped to. Cough is almost gone now.i had to give all my cologne away. Just to strong anymore. I live in the country so hardly any elelvators. But when I travel whole different story. Mask would probably help a lot. Good luck!

  • Marie E Natzke

    I saw the ENT today and had to take an elevator to his office.  Even not taking a deep breath didn't work today a woman had too much perfume on…I don't think a mask would have worked either!!

  • Shea

    My sons allergist has a scent-free policy statement on the door and is its own building. I think I while looking for new doctors in my new city I will try to find places with similar policy/ location. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Jeana, hugs on the cologne. It really stinks (pardon the pun) to have to say goodbye to something you took for granted in the past. 

    Marie, ugh on the elevator ride and the strong perfume! What sort of news did you get from your ENT?

    Shea, I love, love, love signs like that. Do you think they're getting more common? 

  • Marie E Natzke


    You know that saying up your nose with a rubber hose??  He put the camera up my nose. He numbs the sinuses 1st.   No infection but very inflamed again .I just can't use nasal sprays. Why I don't know. So he's ok with my not using the nasal spray but continue to use the budensonid 1 x a day. Excuse the misspelling of the drug. Some of you use it in your nebulizers. He has me putting it in the nasal rinse.  So some good news at least that infection is really gone. 

  • Pljohns

    Marie-My DH does the same thing.  His ENT does the same thing. He had surgery 2 years ago-he kept a sinus infection all the time-literally-so the ENT wanted to go in and basically root rooter out his sinuses and clean out all of the infection. when he got in there, he discovered DH actually had an extra sinus cavity that was keeping things from draining AND his nose had been broken at some point.  He fixed his nose and combined the extra nasal cavity with one that was supposed to be there and then cleaned everything out.  He has’t had an infection since.  He rinses his nose too and the ENT told him no to sprays too, but when he feels something starting, he adds budesonide to his rinse once a day too.  It works wonders for him as well.  We don’t even try to keep mine separate from him as it is the exact same thing and we both have standing script refills for it.  

    Glad your infection was gone and it sounds like at least you have found something that sort of works for you

  • Marie E Natzke

    Thank you PLJohns, for the info. I've been thinking even though the spray is gentle I'm wondering if because our sinus lining is so fragile/sensitive that the nasal sprays make things worse instead of helping?

  • K8sMom2002

    Lynn, yikes on your DH's troubles — glad they got to the bottom of it! 

    Marie, that would be a good question for your doc … we only use a saline spray. 

    What do you use to rinse your nasal passages with? I never could get used to a Neti pot, but people swear by them. 

  • Marie E Natzke

    Lynn, Cynthia,

    I use a squeeze bottle that Neil Med sells.  I've used others.  They are all about the same.  There's a screw on cap that you put a tube into it and then screw the cover onto the bottle.  You have to shake it a little to make sure the salt packets are dissolved completely, and also the medicine.  Tip your head over the sink the best you can and put the tip to the nostril and squeeze the bottle.  Let the solution drain out of your opposite sinus.  Use half a bottle on each side.  It took me a while to get used to doing this, now if I don't use it I feel worse.