Treatment for Fragrance Mix Allergy
There are 5000 known fragrances in use today. Fragrances have been known long enough to cause variety of allergic reactions. However, there are only a few fragrances which causes the adverse physical reactions.
A fragrance mix is a mixture of 8 most allergy prone individual fragrances. In fact it is fourth or fifth in the list of allergens with a positive patch test history. The eight offenders which makes it to the list are as follows:
- Cinnamic alcohol
- Cinnamic aldehyde
- [Alpha]-amyl cinnamic alcohol
- Oak moss absolute
The most common allergic reations to fragrances contact dermatitis and eczema. It can also lead to secondary bacterial infection. The prevalent options for treating fragrance mix allergy are as follows:
Topical steroids or corticosteroids are the most widely used medication for skin rash. They bring down the inflammation and irritation. They are needed to be taken for a particular time period as suggested by your doctor. They are needed to be applied twice a day to itchy parts only. Sometimes a combination of two or more steroids are also used. This is done when different parts of the body is involved with dermatitis of different extent.
Essentially anti inflammatory in nature, they have fewer side effects than the steroids.
If the dermatitis is accompanied by bacterial infection then the use of antibiotics becomes necessary. Antibiotics such as flucloxacillin, erythromycin are prescribed. The infection mostly involves the staphylococcus and streptococcus bacteria.
Antihistamines are used to treat the allergy symptoms very effectively. Over the counter antihistamines like Claritin, Allegra can bring in sustained relief from the itching and discomfort.
Some other medications and therapies which could be of use would be the following:
- Systemic Steroids.
Preventive home remedies from fragrance mix allergy
- Avoid wool and synthetic clothing.
- Avoid wearing metal jewellery. It might aggraveate the irritation.
- Protect your skin from injury, solvents, dust, sweat and grime.