Household cleaners and detergents to have a high level of chemicals in them and these can cause some serious allergies if one is not careful. Right from direct contact with the detergent to even wearing clothes washed in a particular detergent, an allergy can be caused by it all. Interestingly you may not suffer an allergy for years and then suddenly react to the detergent.
It is important to identify detergent allergy so that you can deal with the situation immediately:
- Itching/burning skin – You may find that certain areas of your skin begin to itch tremendously after it has been exposed to the detergent. This itching may also take on the form of intense burning and regular moisturizers will not sooth it. In most cases an anti allergy will calm the problem down but the symptom will get stronger with each consequent exposure.
- Inflammation - The skin may also react by breaking out into sores and boils. This inflammation may be filled with a watery discharge and hurt immensely. In some cases these boils are tiny and spread out of a large area, while in others they may grow to a larger size and ooze out pus eventually. This kind of an allergic reaction will take long to heal and may also leave a mark on the body.
- Sneezing – Some people who are allergic to a certain detergent may break out into a sneezing bout and in some cases it also aggravates asthma. Of course an allergy test will help identify the problem and for those who suffer a breathing disorder, great precaution needs to be taken in order to avoid expose to the particular detergent. Since the nasal allergies are highly sensitive, they tend to react even to a small speck of the irritant and you may have to completely remove the detergent from the house.
- Red eyes – Another common area where detergent allergies strike, are the eyes. With red conjunctivitis like eyes that water ad itch; your entire week could be ruined. This may happen even in cases where you have not come in direct contact with the detergent but simply the fumes have gotten into your eyes. In this case it gets very important to see a doctor since the eyes are very sensitive and in some cases the eye lids also swell up making it very difficult for one to see clearly.
Detergent allergies are not uncommon and in most cases simply changing the brand will solve the problem fully. However in some cases things can get a bit more serious and you may find that almost all brands of detergents are causing the allergy. In this case it is best to take an allergy test and identify the substance responsible so that you can go out and choose a washing agent that does not contain it. So look for these signs and check with your doctor to confirm if you have an allergy to your detergent. In most cases an anti- allergy with cure the symptoms and avoiding the detergent will ensure that they do not reoccur.
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