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Allergies

Soap allergy

01/15/2010

Question:

I am 54year old male. Have RA for last 15 years. Last 9years suffering wth severe soap allergy. Very sensitive to trace of soap., will cause hives on lips, face, wherever soap comes in contact. Regularly, I have to take allegra, atarax, benedril etc as needed. Is there any effective medication or treatment available?????

Answer:

It may be worth trying a soap without fragrance or preservatives such as vanacream if not done already.  The cause of this reaction should be investigated further to determine the cause of these reactions by an allergist experienced in these types of assessments.

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Response by:

Jonathan   Bernstein, MD Jonathan Bernstein, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati