Cosmetic product allergy

 
Contributed by : Ravina Sewani   
Cosmetic product allergy

Children may sometimes develop allergy to indoor allergens as well. Hence it is important to maintain the hygiene of your house.

Some children may develop allergic reactions against the chemicals present in the household products like – shampoos, detergents, soaps, talc, or lotions.


Symptoms:

  • Itching
  • Rashes
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Swelling of the lips or tongue or face
  • Throat constriction
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Allergies may sometimes also cause a life-threatening reaction called anaphylaxis which constricts the airway passage and requires immediate medical attention.


Diagnosis:

  • Always get your child diagnosed by a healthcare expert and never on your own. Never self-assume that your child has peanut allergy. Commercial home test kits for self-diagnosis are not recommended as they may not be of the required standards.
  • Your child’s paediatrician may recommend that your child undertake tests like skin prick test, blood test or food/drug challenge. It is important that these tests are performed under medical supervision as these tests might trigger an allergic reaction. Along with these tests, your child’s paediatrician will also examine your child's medical/family history, existing conditions like asthma and eczema.


Treating allergies:

  • The best way to prevent allergies of any sort in children is to avoid the source of the allergen.
  • In allergies, paediatricians usually prescribe antihistamine medicines for mild allergic reactions. Whereas for severe allergic reactions like anaphylaxis, your child’s paediatrician will prescribe an adrenaline auto-injector (AAI).


The most common chemicals triggering these reactions are:

  • Triclosan in soaps, deodorants, body washes


A few tips to manage these allergies:

  • Avoid your child's exposure to chemical products after diagnosis.
  • Replace chemical products with organic or natural cleaning products and avoid aerosol sprays.
  • If your child comes in contact with any of these allergens, wash the skin with water immediately and seek expert help from your child’s paediatrician.
  • Keep your indoors clean and hygienic if your child has allergies from household products.
  • Your doctor may recommend a calamine lotion or an antihistamine for mild reactions. Always keep it handy to treat skin inflammations arising due to chemicals in the products.



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