Many people who are allergic to laundry detergents may experience different symptoms whether they are the ones doing the laundry or by simply wearing clothes washed using the detergent. Clothes which are not rinsed properly may also cause an allergic reaction as residue of the detergent may still be present on the clothes. Doctors call this as contact dermatitis.
Common symptoms of laundry detergent allergy are:
∙ skins rashes/hives
∙ skin peeling
∙ sneezing and watery eyes
Management and Treatment of Laundry Detergent Allergy
Using a cold compress is a typical home management relief for itching and skin rashes. For proper diagnosis and to help you treat and manage your condition, visit an allergist or a dermatologist. Oral and topical antihistamines may be prescribed as well as corticosteroid ointments or creams to reduce inflammation.
How to Avoid Laundry Detergent Allergy
If you or any of your family members suffer from laundry detergent allergy, it is a must to switch to hypoallergenic laundry detergents, softeners and dryer sheets when washing the entire household's laundry. These hypoallergenic detergents, softeners and sheets are dye free and perfume free substances.
In addition, use less laundry detergent when washing and do an extra rinse cycle to thoroughly eliminate detergent residues.