Fragrance Allergy

Fragrance Allergy

Hypersensitivity type may be- Type IV Allergy
Immune reactions may be from- T Cells
Reactions may occur in- Over 24 Hours

A Fragrance Allergy is a an allergic reaction caused due a chemical found from fragrances. This can either be from a natural exact or synthesised.

Fragrance allergies are second to Nickel allergies as a common cause of contact dermatitis from allergies and Fragrance related allergic reactions can be received from everyday products (scroll below to see the some common products it can be found) that are not just perfumes.

There are many chemicals that cause this allergy, which is why on having a reaction it's important to get this examined by a qualified health care provider.

Did you know? Fragrance allergies can also be mistaken for fragrance sensitivities, where even though allergy-like symptoms are found, there is no immune system response to the allergen.

SYMPTOMS

Fragrance allergies present Respiratory and Skin symptoms.

Some of the ALLERGY symptoms may be characterised by: 

  • Itching
  • Blisters
  • Hives
  • Reddish skin
  • Stinging
  • Burning sensation
  • Photosensitivity
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Running nose
  • Sneezing
  • Contact Dermatitis

Some of the SENSITIVITY symptoms may be characterised by: 

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Itchy or running nose
  • Headaches
  • Nausea 

Fragrance allergies may also worsen asthma and other allergy symptoms and in some rare cases, require immediate medical attention if they lead to inner mouth swelling (tongue, lips, mouth) or ANAPHALAXIS. 

The validity and severity of these symptoms are dependent on the individual and the level of exposure, as determined by a qualified health care provider.

TREATMENT

If you experience or are in the presence of someone that encounters an immediate serious reaction (this may include difficulty breathing, wheezing, throat tightening, swelling, collapse, etc), call or have someone call triple zero (000) immediately.

In the case of a minor allergic reaction, people may use Antihistamines along with other medications based on their individual symptoms and prescribed treatments.

For 
severe allergic reactions Epinephrine may be used, followed by seeking emergency medical attention. However, some people may not be able to use Epinephrine due to particular reasons.

It’s important for anyone with an Allergy, to discuss treatments with a qualified health care provider to understand how to manage individual allergies and also to set up an 
Allergy Action Plan in the case of a reaction.

Always present your Allergy Card, Medical Alert Bracelet or Necklace to ensure health care providers, family members, friends, colleagues and others are aware of your Allergy or Allergies.

TESTING

A patch test may be used to test for a Fragrance Allergy.

LABELLING

Some labels or terms you may come across on Fragrance Allergy friendly products:

"Fragrance Free"

RANDOM FRAGRANCE FACT

Your tears have a distinct scent and can send signals to those around you depending on the emotion you are experiencing. 

WHERE YOU MAY COME ACROSS FRAGRANCES

The below is not a complete list, but just some of the places, you may come across Fragrances:

  • Air fresheners
  • Baby wipes
  • Balms.
  • Body wash
  • Candles
  • Citrus fruit
  • Cleaning agents
  • Conditioners
  • Coolant oils
  • Deodorants
  • Electronic cigarettes.
  • Fabric softener
  • Flavouring agents
  • Flavours added to food and drinks
  • Histology solvents
  • Industrial solvents.
  • Laundry detergents
  • Lip balms
  • Lipsticks
  • Lotions
  • Perfumes
  • Potpourri
  • Sanitary pads
  • Scented natural oils
  • Shampoos
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Topical medicaments

The information provided on Allergy Life Australia is to generally educate and inform you about living with allergies, intolerances and conditions, and is not intended as medical instruction or as a substitute for diagnosis, examination and advice by a qualified health care provider.

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ARE THERE ANY OTHER PRODUCTS YOU HAVE COME ACROSS WITH FRAGRANCES? HAVE YOU HAD AN EXPERIENCE WITH A FRAGRANCE ALLERGY OR KNOW SOMEONE THAT HAS? LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW


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