As anyone who is unfortunate enough to suffer from one will be able to tell you, a perfume allergy is a horrible and often debilitating condition depending on its severity. Those with a minor perfume allergy will often be unlucky enough to experience a rash, redness, itching, swelling and cold like symptoms.
Those with a severe allergy will suffer all of those symptoms and could also suffer from difficulty breathing or even anaphylactic shock. Because it is a specific allergen that causes the perfume allergy it is not just a case of staying away from a specific perfume. This can make sufferers feel that they have to stay away from all products that contain a fragrance, but it doesnâ€™t have to be quite that drastic for most people. Follow these tips on how to make life more bearable if you have a perfume allergy.
The vital thing is that you find out what your specific allergen(s) is that is causing your perfume allergy (parfume allergi is the Danish term). Many people make the mistake of assuming that it is something new that they have come into contact with. In fact it can be something that you have used any number of times in the past with no problems at all. This is because your immune system needs to have come into contact with the allergen to have identified it as a threat.
You can try the isolation test whereby you try each of the products that you used on the day your allergy symptoms first appeared and then eliminate those that do not cause a reaction. However the quickest, simplest and surest way to know is to visit your doctor for a patch test. They will place minute samples of common allergens on your skin and study the reaction.
Now that you are armed with the information on what causes your specific perfume allergy it is time to go through every product in your home that could potentially contain a fragrance. You will need to check not only your perfumes, cosmetics and skin care products but household cleaners, washing powders, candles, air fresheners, etc. Throw away anything that contains your allergen and anything that you are not sure about or try to look up the list of ingredients on the internet.
Try using a specialised shop to purchase those products that you have had to throw away. There are now many shops that specialise in producing allergy friendly products that do not contain chemicals and unnatural fragrances. They also produce allergy friendly perfumes so you can smell as great as you would normally. You may have to pay a little more for them but at least you will have peace of mind that you will not suffer an attack.
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