- Rash and hives on the skin are common symptoms of laundry detergent symptoms. Itchy blotches appear on the skin.
- Nasal discharge and coryza are common as well
- Some complain of wheezing, gasping for breath and asthma like symptoms
- Watering of eyes, itching and swelling of eyes
- Anaphylactic shock, which necessitates instant medical care.
Allergic Reaction to Laundry Detergent
- Lots of detergents contain dyes and perfumes that remain on the clothes even after the clothes are rinsed.
- Even though, most people experience minor skin irritation / rash, some may develop severe allergic reactions of hives, dermatitis and wheezing.
Laundry Detergent Substitutes
- After you manage the allergic symptoms, using a dye free and perfume free detergent may is recommended to prevent another reaction.
- If possible, identify the specific perfume /dye that triggered the allergic response. Likewise, avoid soaps, shampoos, dishwashing liquids and other products which may have them.
Laundry Detergent Allergy Treatment
- If the skin eruption is localized, topical anti-histamines or hydrocortisone help relieve the symptoms.
- Over the counter anti-histamines, offer quick relief. On the other hand, if your allergy is severe, seek medical help immediately.
- The doctor may prescribe nasal drops and sprays and eye drops to ease the symptoms quickly.
- You can have an allergy test to ascertain which substances you are allergic to. If you are allergic to certain substances, you will develop a bump / rash on the site of the test.
Also see Allergy to Citric Fruits