Allergies and adverse reactions come in all forms and sometimes it’s not ingesting an allergen that is the concern, at least for this Allergic Girl.
Allergies or averse reactions upon contact can also be an issue. I’ve mentioned that I’m allergic to Ivory soap, it gives my palms hives. And beard stubble gives me hives. I know, crazy. A few weeks ago I had an adverse reaction to the acne preparation Retin A and I wrote about it at MyAllergyNetwork.com. But that’s also happened with other acne washes that I had to stop using immediately because I became itchy all over for days after just two or three applications. No good! At the hair salon, after using some types of shampoos my head gets itchy and they have rinse it out a few times and start over, if they can. (Speaking of which I just bought my shampoo at the hair salon and they changed the formulation, adding some kind of nut protein AND it now is so overly perfumed that even if it didn’t have the nuts I couldn’t use it. Sigh.)
Sometimes an adverse reaction can be a headache or even worse a migraine. Luckily this is not my thing but I know a few friends for whom perfume is their Kyrptonite. For example, at dinner the other night H. pulled out some hand cream to slather on her hands before we headed back outside. It’s been very cold here and hands and faces, anything exposed really, needs some extra protection.
So just before H. began the slathering, M. said, “Please don’t! I am really sensitive to perfumes”.
H. knew this and said, “Let me check if this stuff is smelly”. It was a sample from a hotel, which was, of course, extra smelly so she very kindly put it away and did not use it.
It’s not always so easy for M. I’ve been with her at theater where for some reason a woman has decided to douse herself in a strong perfume that frankly causes the whole row to swoon. At theater there’s no escape although M. has cleverly changed seats to be as far away from the perfumed masses as possible. But sometimes you are just stuck, like on a crowded flight or completely sold out show. These dear friends have to sit there and suffer, headachy , nauseous, woozy and stuck.
Do any of you have experiences like this? How have you dealt with them?