Unusual skin allergies/sensitivities: Do you have one?

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I am allergic (or maybe I should say sensitive) to one of the most benign substances on earth - aloe. I discovered that about 50 years ago when I accidentally burned my hand when taking a pan out of the oven that had a lot of grease in it (I was roasting a duck) and some grease spilled onto my hand. I had an aloe plant and, after washing the grease off and running my hand under cold water, I squeezed an aloe leaf and spread the gel onto the burn. Wow! The burn turned bright red, blistered, and the burning sensation was even worse than the original burn. I immediately washed it off and again ran my hand under cold water until the burning sensation subsided. Then, for good measure, I treated the area with ice for about 10 minutes until it was completely cold to the touch. Then another time I used a lip moisturizer and my lips turned red and blistered - sure enough, there was aloe in the product! Since then I have not used any product at all unless I first made sure that there was no aloe in it. It's amazing how many facial creams, lip balms, soaps . . . do contain it. I have aloe listed as an allergy on my medical record but I have to be vigilant because medical personnel are normally not aware that so many otherwise benign ingredients they may recommend do contain aloe.

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Unusual skin allergies/sensitivities: Do you have one?

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@uncleanatol Hello uncleanatol, thank you for opening this discussion. I've moved it to our skin conditions group for more visibility. emoticon bashful Let me tag some other members who can potentially share with you. 

Hi everyone, how are you today?
Have you ever noticed that you have any skin allergies or sensitivities? What types of things irritate your skin? Is it a particular ingredient, material, plant, medicine, or food, or is it something else? How did you discover that you were allergic?
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Feel free to share here!

Take care,
Courtney

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Hi! My skin gets itchy and red whenever I come in contact with Tide detergent or anything washed in Tide. I get hives if I pet some dogs, though only those with fur (as opposed to hair, like poodles have). My daughter has extremely sensitive skin and we finally had her tested. She's allergic to about 5 different chemicals common in cleaning products, shampoos, soaps, laundry detergent, deodorants, hand sanitizers, sunscreen, skin lotions -- you get the idea. She has to buy expensive organic products to clean herself, her clothing, her apartment, her workplace, etc. She has been much more comfortable and hasn't been sick nearly as often.

A good allergist can help you determine what causes you to react.

Good luck!

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@CIDP_Beth   I've been to a number of allergists and dermatologists, but none of them had any answers except to tell me to do what I've already been doing - be vigilant, read ingredients labels, etc.  

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 I suggest you take some anti-allergy and first concern with your doctor for the proper medication and cure.

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@John28  Well, John, I don't believe in taking medications to suppress an allergy when all I have to do is read labels, ask questions, and be vigilant. The allergy to aloe is documented in my medical records but it's still up to me to protect myself. There is no reason for me to consult an allergist because there is no reason for me to use anything that contains aloe - it is definitely NOT a necessary treatment for anything. 

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I'm also sensitive to certain detergents and I can't wear perfume. :)