How Are Perfume Allergies Diagnosed and How Can They Be Avoided?
Perfume (fragrance) allergies are usually diagnosed by using a patch test, which is sometimes known also as a plaster test. In this test, Balsam of Peru and eight other fragrances, which are namely cinnamic alcohol, cinnamic aldehyde, eugenol, isoeugenol, geraniol, alpha amyl cinnamic alcohol, hydroxycitronellal, and oak moss substitute, are applied alone and in combination to various regions of a suspected fragrance allergy sufferer's skin for a short period of time. The dermatologistt who is administering the test will then look for indications of allergy, such as redness or rash, for example, in each area that these fragrances were applied. As a result of this analysis, the dermatologist can identify exactly which fragrance or fragrances are allergenic to the person being tested.
If you are allergic to a particular fragrance, the best way to avoid an allergic response is simply to avoid all perfume products that contain that fragrance. This may be easier said than done, however, because fragrances are sometimes added in trace amounts to some perfume products and therefore are not mentioned in the list of product ingredients. Therefore, the most effective course is simply to avoid using all perfume products.
If you absolutely cannot go without using a particular spray perfume or cologne, you may wish to apply it only to the outside of your clothing to reduce or prevent contact between the perfume or cologne and the skin. This application technique is rather effective for avoiding allergic symptoms.
Of course, if you develop eczema symptoms while using a product, you should cease using the product. If the symptoms still persist, it is recommended that contact your dermatologist.