There are different types of soaps available in the market. Those used for bathing and personal hygiene, and detergents for washing the clothes and dishes. Some soaps have extra moisturizer, other may have added fragrance and oils. Most of the soaps are made from chemicals lesser or in a greater quantity.
After using soap, if you find burning and itching, swelling or redness in your hands or on skin you might be having soap allergy symptoms. In this case you have to change the soap of a milder variety or a hypoallergenic soap to prevent its occurrence during the next use.
Soap Allergy Symptoms
The reaction of soap on the body and the skin is not always due to allergy to soap. Most of the time it is due to reactions of chemicals and fragrances resulting into contact dermatitis.
Allergy to certain substance is caused due to the immune system recognizing the substance harmful to the body and in the process, there is release of histamine to fight against the substance giving various allergy symptoms. While in contact dermatitis, there is no involvement of immune system and the condition is not labeled as allergy.
Common symptoms of soap allergy on skin:
- Red rash
It is the fragrances and chemical stabilizers, preservative, and other exotic oils which are responsible for soap allergy while you wash your hands or face.
Skin allergy is the most common symptom associated with soap allergy. The red rash appears all over the skin, or on a particular area, it is an itchy rash there may or may not be any presence of blisters. With rash there may be swelling on the skin.
Allergic Reactions To Laundry Detergent
Laundry soaps and detergents are used for wash clothes and dishes. The chemical present in the detergents are much stronger. Symptoms of laundry soap allergy include:
- The usual laundry soap allergic reaction is skin rash on hands. The symptoms do not appear immediately rather they appear after few hours.
- Itching and swelling of the area of contact.
- The skin area becomes chapped and dry after a day or two.
- Repeated exposure can cause burning and cracks on the skin, it appears especially on the palms.
- Blister and scales can get worse.
- The soap allergy skin starts to burn; no sooner there is any further exposure.
- Continuous use of laundry soap can result into chronic condition.
To prevent soap allergy, switch on to another soap which is mild and is made of natural ingredients instead of strong chemical stabilizers.
Soaps having moisturizers are better, as normal soaps make your skin dry and scaly. Before using any soaps read the label to see if any allergy causing chemicals are used.
After taking all the precautions, if the allergy persistently remains you have to consult a dermatologist or an allergist.