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What are Chemical Allergies?
Chemicals inundate our lives. Toxins are found in our own homes as well as in cities and towns where we live. Pollutants harm everyone; however, some people have an increased susceptibility to developing health problems due to chemical exposure.
Multiple chemical sensitivity or environmental illnesses are diagnoses which are becoming more common as the toxins in our world increase. Toxins include cleaners, smoke, fuel, personal care products, carpets, air fresheners, food additives and a multitude of others.
People with hypersensitive immune systems may experience allergic reactions when they are exposed to chemicals in the environment or use products that contain chemicals which they are sensitive to. Histamines and other chemicals are released by the immune system of the body and allergic symptoms result.
How are Chemical Allergies Diagnosed?
Chemical allergies are identified primarily by observation. If you use a product and develop symptoms, you may be allergic to it. Conventional and alternative health practitioners may employ the use of a variety of tests as well as a detailed history taking to make an accurate diagnosis of chemical allergies.
The most common sign of a chemical allergy is a skin reaction after a chemical comes into contact with the skin. An itchy rash with water-filled, oozing blisters may be present. Skin may burn or appear red, and cracking or peeling may occur.
Systemic chemical reactions resemble other allergies. Hives, irritability, wheezing, runny eyes and a runny nose may be present. Nausea and vomiting may occur, especially if the allergy is due to a chemical that was ingested.
Treatment of Chemical Allergies
Chemical allergies affect people of all ages and may result in contact dermatitis or affect the entire body. Unfortunately, some treatments only address symptoms without correcting underlying imbalances that result in rashes, breathing problems and other symptoms.
With all allergies, the best approach to preventing a reaction is to avoid the offending agent. Due to the pervasive nature of chemicals in our environment, chemical allergies are challenging to treat.
Treatment must be systemic even if symptoms are localized.
Conventional physicians may recommend topical and internal antihistamine and steroid medications, but these powerful medications can produce undesirable side effects. Antihistamines may cause drowsiness that interferes with daily activities, while steroids taken internally have side effects which affect the entire body. Unfortunately, steroids and antihistamines only relieve symptoms; they do not correct underlying imbalances.
More Information about Chemical Allergies
- Common allergens are fragrances, cleansers, antibacterial agents, preservatives and additives.
- Read labels. If you can’t read the name of an ingredient, chances are it is a chemical that may have potential to provoke an allergic reaction.
- Use natural cleansers for personal care and for home maintenance.
- Eat simple, organic, whole food. Wash fruits and vegetables prior to eating. Include local raw produce when available.
Reducing susceptibility to chemical allergens takes dedication. By committing to a plan which incorporates remedies and interventions that target the root of the problem, health can be restored to a level that you may not have considered possible.