Three Household Items That Can Cause Allergies

Fact: People are exposed to over 500 chemicals and toxins every day.

Fact: Some of these substances have the potential to cause allergic reactions or even chronic allergy attacks.

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Generally, there are three main reasons why people develop allergies: Genetics, Exposure, and Overexposure. There are specific genes that may predispose you to certain types of allergies. Sometimes these genes do not kick off until you have that initial contact with an allergen. There are also instances when the allergy/allergies only become apparent after numerous exposures. So even if you have an “allergy gene”, you may not know it until your first, second, third, or even twentieth allergen exposure.

With so many items you get in contact with on a daily basis, it’s not surprising that you may develop sensitivity to certain substances. Household items are very common causes of allergies because these are things you use every day. Some of them may even contain more than one allergen. Three household items known to cause allergic reactions are shampoo, laundry detergent, and cosmetics.

Shampoo

Urticaria or slightly raised, reddish, itchy bumps in the scalp is a common symptom once a person develops allergy to shampoos. Sodium Laurel and Ammonium Laurel Sulfate are shampoo ingredients known to cause allergic reactions. Some people can also develop allergies from fragrances used to make shampoos.

Laundry Detergent

The dyes and perfumes are the main culprits why people develop allergies to laundry detergents. Symptoms typical of detergent allergy are severe itching, skin rashes, blisters, hives, and sneezing. Switching to a laundry detergent that is fragrance-free or a detergent manufactured using “gentler” formula often solves the problem.

Cosmetics

Women, especially those who are working, use cosmetics almost every day. Unfortunately, makeup is a very common source of allergens. Cosmetics containing ingredients like lanolin, chlorocresol, parabens, and fragrances usually stimulate allergic reactions. Reddening skin, itchiness, hives, and blisters are some of the telltale signs that you might be allergic to the cosmetics you are using. Late reactions are also very common. Some people may only find out they are allergic to cosmetics after six months to a year of using these items.

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