Detergents: perfume and allergies
Some of us are a little extra sensitive when it comes to perfume and dyes in various products, and such a product is, for example, detergent. The detergent may smell fresh and remind you of something harmless, when in fact it is something that can cause allergies and skin irritation.
Allergies or a sensitivity to detergent may develop from the first time you are exposed or after repetitions of exposure to the substance. What is the solution to this then? You will find out in this blog post.
Allergies to mild types of allergens, which are then usually present in detergents, usually develop over time when exposed repeatedly. But once you have become allergic, it does not take much for a reaction to occur.
In addition to switching to detergent without perfume and bleach, you can instead, as a solution, run the machine on maximum heat to remove any allergens that may be left in the machine after driving with products that contain allergens. Another solution may be to use wash balls instead of fabric softener, which helps to remove the static in one's clothes.
To go a little deeper into the subject of perfume allergy, it may be worth mentioning that it is a type of contact allergy, which affects approximately one percent of the entire population in Sweden. When it comes to allergies, the perfume allergy is the second most common contact allergy you can have. In the worst case, this allergy can lead to long sick leave for some people. There is about 2500 different types of perfume, at least 100 of which are allergenic when they come in contact with skin.
Should it be the case that you instead ingest the substance through the inhaled air, you can get problems that are similar to those you get with other types of allergies, as sneezing, runny nose, eye irritation, itchy throat and headache. If you get eczema at your perfume allergy These are usually treated with emollient creams. The cream helps the skin to recover and also forms a kind of barrier against the substance. What is recommended is a cream of the fatter layer that really sinks into the skin. This should preferably be used every day.
Sometimes a cortisone cream may also be needed to reduce the inflammation and rash and relieve the itching, and if you have severe hand eczema, you may even need to take cortisone tablets. If it is an asthma that makes you not feel so good about perfumes, it may instead need to be treated with special asthma medications. All this you get help from a doctor.
What is also important to know regarding allergies linked to detergents is that contact exam which one gets does not depend on the detergent brand itself, but rather the substances contained in the detergent. And when you do becomes allergic to something in the detergent, it does not necessarily have to be just one substance that you are allergic to, but it can be several at the same time.
The symptoms which one should be aware of when it comes to allergy symptoms, are the following:
* Red skin
* Skin irritation
* Itchy feeling
* Swelling in the area that has been in contact with allergens
* Warm skin
* Skin that hurts to touch
Allergy symptoms can appear anywhere from just a few hours after you have been exposed to the substance you are sensitive to, or as late as 10 days afterwards. This of course complicates the whole process, if the symptoms do not appear until 10 days later. But if you suspect that you are allergic, you can always book an appointment with your doctor to have it checked, where they do patch tests on one to arrive at what one is actually allergic to.
But if it is so that you on place gets an allergic reaction, you can do the following to alleviate the discomfort:
* Wash the affected area with cold water and odorless soap
* Rinse skin thoroughly
* Dab the skin dry afterwards
* Wear loose clothing that does not fit
There are also flexible solutions to minimize the risk of getting an allergic reaction or even developing an allergy to any substance, and that is to look for products that are specially developed for people with a more sensitive skin.
A study conducted in Finland showed that 10-40 percent of Finns were hypersensitive to odors. Studies have also shown that over 150 million EU citizens suffer from chronic allergies, but that by 2025 three half of us EU citizens be affected by allergies. What are the reasons for this increase you might be thinking? The air pollution and increase in chemicals in our products are said to be behind it likely increase.
For people with asthma, it is not the preservatives that cause problems, but rather the perfume scent. According to an article For example, people with asthma may experience problems with perfume odor, which is due to irritation of the airways - but this is not an allergy. If it is the case that one's asthma is aggravated by perfumes, this is because you basically have, for example, pollen or fur animal allergy, where the perfume later becomes an extra irritating factor.
We have previously touched on the topic of detergent overdose (you will find this post here) which can also lead to the development of allergies. It is therefore not enough to just have a detergent that is free of perfume, but it is also important that you dose correctly. Among other things, we have had this very much in mind when we developed our dosing bucket for our detergent, so that you always know that you are dosing your detergent correctly.
Today it is very common to look for detergent without perfume just to try to avoid the problem of allergies and eczema. We ourselves think that this is very important from an environmental aspect but also for humans, that is, we who are primarily in contact with the detergent. Our detergents for white and color are completely free of perfumes and have a focus on durability where the bag that the detergent comes with can also be sorted as food waste. For us, it is important that everyone can use our products, so therefore our detergent in particular is completely free of perfume so that everyone can have it at home and wash their clothes with it. It is thus a detergent that is gentle on both you and the environment - but tough on your stains.
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