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Just diagnosed, allergy to fragrances. Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the changes I have to make.

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PrettyCandles Fri 22-Jul-11 13:16:12

I've just been diagnosed allergic to fragrances and a few other things.

I've got to change what I use, but don't know what and how. Just about everything the dr was advising me that I had to stop using or find an alternative for, I already do not use!

I need fragrance-free shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser. What about deodorant? Does that need to be f-f?

Dh will use the same shampoo etc as me, but does he need to change his shaving soap and aftershave as well?

Are there f-f perfumes?

I don't use fabric conditioner, but is there such a thing as fragrance-free laundry detergent? What about Oxy-clean, is there a decent substitute for it, or does it get washed out anyway?

I need to get f-f household cleaning stuff.

Can anyone recommend stuff?

And do I just change everything in one go?

And have I missed anything?

PrettyCandles Fri 22-Jul-11 15:26:19


PrettyCandles Fri 22-Jul-11 20:12:33


tiredgranny Fri 22-Jul-11 20:22:27

simple range ff or sanex do shampoo con deodrant shower etc

QueenOfFeckingEverything Fri 22-Jul-11 20:28:27

Soap nuts for laundry

One of those pit-rok crystal deodorants

What exactly is meant by 'fragrance' - is it just artificial ones you need to avoid? If so you might be able to use some essential oils?

PrettyCandles Fri 22-Jul-11 21:03:15

I'm not sure exactly. I've got a list of the fragrances that were in the patch tests, and I've been looking them up in Wikipedia. Mostly they derive from natural products.

I've used Pitrok in the past - it works well on my skin, but when i use it my clothes smell badly of perspiration!

eragon Fri 22-Jul-11 22:27:40

'simple' skin products are ok, and pretty easy to find.

PrettyCandles Sat 23-Jul-11 08:09:34

Thanks for the recommendations. I'll go shopping today and get some of them.

What about household cleaners etc - any suggestions?

I don't feel quite so daunted after a night's sleep, though I'm still itching horribly. I never thought to ask the dermatologist, what do I do about the patch test reactions? Do I just leave them to heal on their own, or can I help them along? The leaflet I was given said that reactions can be delayed, and if any new patches come up I should contact them. Which implies that I should not treat my back as this could suppress any further reactions.

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