Are you experiencing mysterious skin rashes on your body? Do you itch like crazy on your arms, stomach, and neck and cannot find the source of the rash? The skin rashes could be caused by the detergent you are using. You may be allergic to the laundry detergent.
The fragrances and perfumes added to scent your laundry detergent could trigger an allergic reaction known as allergic contact dermatitis. This condition occurs when a person who is allergic to an substance such as perfume comes into contact with the allergen. The areas of the body touched by the allergen will experience allergic reaction symptoms like itchy skin, hives, and red rashes. If all the clothes are washed in the scented detergent, the person with a fragrance sensitivity is essentially covering their entire body in the allergen they are allergic to. Naturally, the skin is going to react.
How to Avoid?
The best way to avoid skin rashes for those who experience allergic contact dermatitis is to use detergents that are scentless. There are special detergents that not only are odorless, but also are anti-allergen. These detergents clean clothes, leave no smell behind and are gentle on the skin. The anti-allergen laundry detergents also work well to remove other allergens from your clothing like pet dander and dust bunnies. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America website, approximately 7% of allergy suffers have skin allergies as their primary allergy. Usually people that have predisposition towards skin allergies will have skin rash reactions to more than one allergen. By investing an anti-allergen laundry detergent, you can eliminate allergens from clothing to avoid any further skin rashes.
Unfortunately you will have to say goodbye to detergents sporting mountain fresh and lavender scents, but it is a small price to pay to save your skin. The fragrance is not what cleans your clothes and if it is causing your skin to break out is not worth the trouble. Using scentless and anti-allergen detergent will eliminate the rashes. The irritating itch and discomfort will subside and once more you can be comfortable in your own skin.
“Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America – Information About Asthma, Allergies, Food Allergies and More!.” Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America – Information About Asthma, Allergies, Food Allergies and More!. http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=30 (accessed May 21, 2014).
American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. “Allergist – Find an Allergist. Find Relief..” Contact Dermatitis. http://www.acaai.org/allergist/allergies/Types/skin-allergies/Pages/contact-dermatitis.aspx (accessed May 21, 2014).