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Fragrance Mix


This patient information on Fragrance Mix is provided by John L. Meisenheimer, M.D. a board certified Dermatologist and skin care specialist based in Orlando, Florida. This information is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice or treatment of a dermatologist or other physician.

The results from your patch testing showed a positive reaction (contact allergy) to Fragrance mix. Your immune system reacts with its defense mechanisms with each exposure of some fragrances to your skin. This is a screening test for fragrance, you may be only sensitive to some but because there are hundreds of fragrances it is easier to avoid all fragrance than to do specific testing. It is unknown why certain individuals develop allergic sensitivities. In some it may take repeat exposures over long periods of time before an allergy develops. Once you have become sensitized (allergic) your immune system always "remembers" and you will be Fragrance mix sensitive. If you currently have eczema this chemical may be the cause but other factors may play a role as well. The information below will help you avoid this allergen.

Fragrances are found in a large variety of personal care products. Skin care products are the most common source of allergy to fragrances.

Where is chemical found?

Aftershaves
Aromatherapy incense
Candles
Cleaning fluids
Cologne
Concealers
Creams
Dental materials
Detergents
Dishwashing detergents
Eye shadow
Eyeliners
Foundations
Gels
Highlighters
Household cleaners
Insect repellents
Lipsticks
Lotions
Makeup remover
Medical gels
Medical pastes
Metal working fluids
Moisturizers
Mousses
Mud masks
Nail enamel removers
Perfume
Polishes
Powders
Quick-dry nail products
Room deodorizers
Sanitary pads
Self-tanners
Shampoos
Soap
Solvents
Spices
Sunscreens
Tampons
Throat lozenges
Tissues
Toilet paper
Toothpaste
Topical medications
Vaginal creams
Waxes

Hints on avoiding chemical:

Be aware that some products marked "fragrance free" sometimes still contain fragrances.
Avoid products labeled as "unscented perfumes".
Wear gloves when using household cleansers that may contain fragrances.
Choose products listed only n your personalized Contact allergen database, which has been provided to you. Products listed on your contact allergen resource database will be free of Fragrance Mix and safe to use.
It may take 2 to 3 weeks of avoiding exposure before improvement of your eruption begins.
Hypo allergic products may contain fragrances.

Other names you may see Fragrances listed as:

Unscented perfume
Masking agent
Aroma chemicals
Colognes
Essential oils
Fragrance mixture
Perfumes
Toilet water

Possible Occupational Exposures:

Nurses
Mixing and blending machine operators
Assemblers
Bakers
Hairdressers and cosmetologists

 

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