Deodorants and perfumes are a multi-billion dollar industry, but for some of us those odors cause no end of discomfort. Although considered socially acceptable for masking unpleasant body odors or to create an allure, perfumes can cause a reaction to your allergy, and deodorant is another culprit. Allergic reactions range from mild discomfort to a disabling condition and can be especially difficult when encountered in public, as it’s difficult to escape it when in a confined area.
Recognizing this, some thoughtful promoters have requested that participants refrain from wearing perfumes or deodorants when at a conference. Unfortunately not everyone understands that an allergic reaction can cause difficulty with breathing, rashes, asthma attacks and general discomfort. It’s the various chemicals in the perfumes that cause the allergic reactions to those who are sensitive.
Perfume Allergy Symptoms To Watch For
Studies have shown that deodorant and perfume fragrances are respiratory irritants and can cause an asthma attack. It’s even possible perfume odors are a root cause of asthma in some cases. Exposure to these odors can disable a sensitive person and keep them sidelined from normal activities.
Sensitivity to allergy and deodorants can be extreme. If you are concerned about that, here is what to watch for. Headaches, difficulty breathing, clenched throat or loss of voice, nausea, a tingling sensation of the skin or lips, loss of focus, joint and muscle pain. There may be other more specific allergy like symptoms, in which case you should talk to your Doctor about that.
Fragrance And Deodorant Allergy
Fragrances are used in more products than just deodorants and perfumes. You’ll also find them in food, and in a variety of personal hygiene products. There are quite a few identified allergens in these fragrances such as benzyl alcohol and anisyl alcohol. Natural products such as clove oil and cinnamon oil can also cause an allergic reaction.
Allergy and deodorants have a separate category because of certain chemical compounds present in deodorants. Thankfully, not all deodorants have these allergens and once you identify any chemicals you are sensitive to it is easy to avoid those products.
See Your Doctor About a Deodorant Allergy
If you find you are sensitive to any deodorants or perfumes you should consider getting an allergy test done. There are a few different types that identify problem irritants and you can discuss these with your Doctor.
There is a patch test, where an adhesive strip with common allergens is applied to your skin for reactions. A typical response will be swelling or any typical allergic reaction to identify the irritant. The other type of allergy tests include the skin prick test and a blood test.