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Perfume allergy

Postby Guest Posts on Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:18 am

I have a perfume allergy/sensitivity, would this become worse as I near the menopause? Is there any medication that will help? Would acupuncture help?


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Re: Perfume allergy

Postby Leanne Goh on Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:29 pm

Thank you for your post,
Hormonal changes like the menopause can make a difference to control of one's allergic disease. It is unclear from your post what type of reactions you are having, but either way it is advisable to avoid known triggers. Medications can be helpful for some symptoms, please do discuss this and your concerns with your GP.
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Re: Perfume allergy

Postby SamanthaB on Thu Feb 13, 2020 9:39 pm

The reactions can be different depending on how strong the perfume is. Sometimes just a headache. Other times it’s migraines, neck pain, sickness, foggy head/thinking, not being able to concentrate and sore eyes. The worst which is most recent is trouble breathing. I have had this for 30 years and have managed to control it by avoiding known triggers. I’m now 45 and it seems to have become a bigger problem. Which is why I was wondering if it could get worse with the menopause. Would acupuncture help?
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Re: Perfume allergy

Postby Dr Dinkar Bakshi on Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:53 am

Hi Sam,
It is advisable to get patch testing done for contact dermatitis. Some of the ingredients in fragrances and perfumes that are known to cause allergy are included in the panel. Based on the results, information can be provided regarding commercial products with those particular ingredients that need to be avoided.
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Re: Perfume allergy

Postby SamanthaB on Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:14 am

Thanks for your reply.

Will I have to get a referral from my GP for the patch test? Everything just takes so long to get anything done. I’m currently waiting 3 weeks to see my GP for an appointment regarding the issue. In the meantime I’m spending more time in bed ill then going to work. Thanks.
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