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Doctor insights on: Dove Soap Allergy

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I have an allergy to antibacterial soap. What else can I use?

I have an allergy to antibacterial soap. What else can I use?

Getting clean: What type of reaction do you have? If it is a specific allergic contact dermatitis you should seek out an allergist or dermatologist who can perform patch tests to determine the offending chemical. Many soap products are produced specifically for avoidance of contact sensitizers such as preservatives dyes and perfumes. Vanicream is one such product.

Dr. John Chiu
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What is a good deodorant soap for someone with allergies?

What is a good deodorant soap for someone with allergies?

Soap: You need a fragrance free soap, dove is good. Anything with perfume can sensitize your skin.

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What to do with skin allergies? Are they possible be treated with soaps?

What to do with skin allergies? Are they possible be treated with soaps?

Depends: Soaps are useful in some forms or skin allergy, harmful in others & play no role in still others. With contact dermatitis due to poison oak or ivy washing exposed skin with soap & water immediately after exposure may limit absorption of plant allergens. Soap removes oils from the skin worsening eczema. Soap has no effect on hives. Hope that explanation helps.

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I have a mild reaction to the soap my work uses right now. My bro started the same way and it got worse. Can a allergy test detect mild reactions?

I have a mild reaction to the soap my work uses right now. My bro started the same way and it got worse. Can a allergy test detect mild reactions?

Yes, patch testing: The most common work related reactions to soaps, creams an lotions is contact dermatitis. This involves itchy scales or blistering reactions that start towards the end of your work day and gradually get worse as the week progresses. A dermatologist or an Allergist that does patch testing would help sort out what chemical in that soap could be causing the problem and which soaps would be safe.

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I have an allergy to every kind of hand soap?

I have an allergy to every kind of hand soap?

Would be strange: It would be strange to get allergy to all hand soap. It usually starts when you have a skin lesion or skin rashes. Soap can irritate your already inflamed skin and make it worse and hard to heal. Skin lesions need to be seen and examined. See a local allergist or dermatologist for this problem.

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I have severe itching on my chest area most days but not every day... Its been a year I have a feeling its not allergy? I've tried switching all soaps

I have severe itching on my chest area most days but not every day... Its been a year I have a feeling its not allergy? I've tried switching all soaps

Please see below.: It could be eczema or a contact dermatitis. Use a hypoallergenic skin cleanser, avoiding bathing in very hot water, and use a hypoallergenic skin lotion at least 3 times daily, even if there's no rash. Add Hydrocortisone 1% ointment (otc) and an oral antihistamine like zyrtec (cetirizine) if needed. If doing this doesn't help enough, please see the doctor.

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I use fragrance free products. I've been patch tested for allergies. Still cant find shampoo, conditioner, soap or lotions that im not allergic to.?

Contact dermatitis: I recommend patients try Vanicream line of soaps, shampoos, etc if they have issues with contact dermatitis with various personal care products. It is devoid of most additives/fragrances and is usually tolerated even in patients with very sensitive skin. Try it out if you haven' t already, good luck!

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I have allergy induced athsma, yesterday we had apropane heater going in the bedroom and around corner I uses strong bleachy soap water. Cnt breath no?

I have allergy induced athsma, yesterday we had apropane heater going in the bedroom and around corner I uses strong bleachy soap water. Cnt breath no?

ER if meds fail: Irritants such as combustion products or the fumes from bleach can trigger asthma. Most patients have been prescribed rescue therapy with albuterol. If this is not effective, then you need to seek medical care now.

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Irritated, itchy vulva. The only thing that soothes it is an ice cube. What is it? Is it an allergy to soap?

Irritated, itchy vulva. The only thing that soothes it is an ice cube. What is it? Is it an allergy to soap?

Both: Without any lesion observed, I think irritation from soap, particularly scented soap should be considered. On the other hand, it may also be from dry skin and you may try applying a moisturizer to the area immediately after bathing to see it this helps. If not, consult a dermatologist.

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If the small red bumps that come and go are hives due to allergy could this be developed over time to a laundry soap. And how long will it last?

If the small red bumps that come and go are hives due to allergy could this be developed over time to a laundry soap. And how long will it last?

Unlikely: The mechanism for contact allergy or an irritant reaction to laundry soap is different from that causing the bumps. Have you consulted an allergist about this?

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Toddler itches, breaks out during bath b4 any soaps/shampoo are applied. Has reacted this way in other tubs. Allergy towards something in water?

Toddler itches, breaks out during bath b4 any soaps/shampoo are applied. Has reacted this way in other tubs. Allergy towards something in water?

Mgt and workup: I would advise using a very basic soap such as white Dove soap. Avoid all perfumed products including shampoo. The reaction may also be to cleaning products and using natural cleaning products and rinsing the tub well prior to bath time may help. I would suggest an antihistamine and evaluation.

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What is causing my all over itching without a rash? No known allergies. Antihistamines and lotions do not help. Mild soaps, detergents, etc do but hel

What is causing my all over itching without a rash? No known allergies. Antihistamines and lotions do not help. Mild soaps, detergents, etc do but hel

Dry skin: In the winter months, the first thing I consider would be dry skin. Try using unscented soap and apply a skin moisturizer all over within 3 minutes after bathing to see it this helps. It may take a few days for the skin to calm down. If problem persists, then need to consult a dermatologist or allergist.

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Very itchy upper body rashes for 18mths. Topical ointment only temp fix. No allergies (tested). Not scabies. Not soaps/chemicals/hard water. Help? : (

Very itchy upper body rashes for 18mths. Topical ointment only temp fix. No allergies (tested). Not scabies. Not soaps/chemicals/hard water. Help? : (

Photo would help: The characteristics of the rash are very important to determine the cause. If you can share a photo here on Health Tap- there may be a dermatologist or other doctor who can identify it for you. I wonder if the rash comes and goes or is there all the time? What parts exactly on your body is it found? What exactly does the rash look like? Can you describe it... many Q's but needed to find diagnosis.

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What could be the reason for pimples on my hands (sometimes itchy). I bath everyday with a natural neem soap. No allergies/effects frm soap.

What could be the reason for pimples on my hands (sometimes itchy). I bath everyday with a natural neem soap. No allergies/effects frm soap.

Eczema: This may be due to dyshidrotic eczema or other forms of eczema/atopic dermatitis. Contact with allergens (even natural soaps) can do this. A good diary and systemic removal of potential culprits may help. Systemic illnesses/conditions can also be a contributing factor. A low potency topical steroid or immunomodulator may help.

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I'm 8months pregnant is it okay to use dr kauffman sulfur soap for my skin allergies? I have worst jock itch what should I do to get rid of it? Thanks

I'm 8months pregnant is it okay to use dr kauffman sulfur soap for my skin allergies? I have worst jock itch what should I do to get rid of it? Thanks

Jock itch: Use OTC miconazole cream twice a day for at least a a week or two, keep the area dry, fungus thrives in warm humid areas, as for the sulfur soap, you can try it on a small area briefly, and see if it works, both are probably category "c" with pregnancy,

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Keep getting random stomach rashes, just red not bumpy, for a few months. Had allergies for years & on shots. No new soap, etc. What could cause this?

Keep getting random stomach rashes, just red not bumpy, for a few months. Had allergies for years & on shots. No new soap, etc. What could cause this?

Uncertain: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed.