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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Suggest treatment for allergic reactions to perfumes

I have had problems with pollens, perfumes, scented candles, soaps, detergents, etc for my whole life. I ve never found a way to treat symptoms. My only way to prevent symptoms is to avoid triggers except that I can not control other people s clothing, perfumes & products, and homes. Recently, I ve been dealing with the neighbour s laundry venting into our suite, causing panic attack symptoms. I have chills, shaking, dizziness, narrowed vision, headaches, problems breathing, nausea, I can taste the detergent, heart racing, difficulty thinking and speaking, my eyes sting and start watering, my throat is dry and burning, my vocal folds start grating with vocal fry. I ve been panicking, and withdrawn. My neighbour washed my towels without asking and now I ve tried washing them 6 times and I can smell the detergent when I walk by the towels. I have two small children and it s impossible to parent them when my body feels under attack. Is there any medical advice to treat symptoms? Would antihistamines help would this? I would hate to take an antihistamine every time I encounter a trigger.
Tue, 24 Oct 2017
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From what you say it looks like this time it has been panic attacks and not allergic reaction. Firstly, visit a dermatologist and get a patch test done to determine your triggers. Now that will calm you down about your allergies. Also visit a psychiatrist for you panic attacks and mostly without medications they should be able to help you out. Do seek help soon before it starts interfering with your daily activities. It is easy to fix now .
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Suggest treatment for allergic reactions to perfumes

From what you say it looks like this time it has been panic attacks and not allergic reaction. Firstly, visit a dermatologist and get a patch test done to determine your triggers. Now that will calm you down about your allergies. Also visit a psychiatrist for you panic attacks and mostly without medications they should be able to help you out. Do seek help soon before it starts interfering with your daily activities. It is easy to fix now .