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Contact Dermatitis From A Cheap Laundry Detergent


Author: Nanna B.
Date: 11-04-2011
Views: 3,727
Word Count: 152
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Testimonial ID: 6497-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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I had been using an "Eco" laundry soap, but saw a brand at Wal-Mart that was so much less expensive that I decided to try it. I had no problems for a couple of months.

Then suddenly I was awakened in the middle of the night with terrible itching all over my stomach and sides. It was horrible! I was scratching madly, leaving huge welts all over my body. At first I thought it was caused by an infrared heating pad I was using. But I soon zeroed in on the laundry detergent.

Then my husband suggested the oils of Peppermint, Lavender and the Peace & Calming blend. I changed to an old nightgown that had not been used for months, and some sheets from storage. It did not go away totally until the next evening, but I could sleep. Now I am re-washing everything I own in safe detergent.

Blessing on the oils!


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: contact-dermatitis — "Eyelid scrubs or massage with tea tree oil could be an effective treatment regimen in cases of blepharoconjunctivitis [and Demodex mite infestation]."Link
2.Associated topics: skin — "Local application of frankincense essential oil may provide a non-surgical treatment alternative, with no or minimal side effect for carcinoma in situ, minimally invasive carcinoma and pre-cancerous conditions such as actinic keratosis."Link
3.Associated topics: skin — "[M]any curative properties attributed to various plants in indigenous medicine are also present in their essential oils.... These oils exert a number of general effects from the pharmacological viewpoint. When applied locally, the essential oils mix readily with skin oils, allowing these to attack the infective agents quickly and actively.... In vitro studies [were] conducted by the author on antimicrobial and anthelmintic [destructive to parasitic worms] properties of some essential oils...."Link
4.Associated topics: allergic-reaction — "Lavender essential oil displays the stronger antioxidant activity against lipid peroxidation in a linoleic acid model system and good antibacterial activity against four rhinitis-related bacteria including staphylococcus aureus, Micrococcus ascoformans, Proteus vulgaris, and Escherichia coli."Link
5.Associated topics: allergic-reaction — "[L]avender oil inhibits immediate-type allergic reactions [anaphylaxis] by inhibition of mast cell degranulation in-vivo and in-vitro."Link
6.Associated topics: contact-dermatitis — "[T]opical fatty acids and essential oils are a useful treatment option for canine atopic dermatitis."Link
7.Associated topics: contact-dermatitis,itching-(Pruritus) — "[T]ea tree oil seems to be a more effective anti-eczematic agent than zinc oxide and clobetasone butyrate...."Link
8.Associated topics: skin — "[One] method employed for wound healing is the application of lavender oil. Due to its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties, it is thought to prevent wound infections and to play a role in reducing pain by lowering inflammation.... Lavender oil is known to have antibacterial, antifungal, sedative, and/or antidepressant effects.... In addition to its antimicrobial effects, the anti-inflammatory analgesic properties of lavender oil have also been emphasized... The use of L. Angustifolia [lavender] is particularly recommended in chronically infected wounds due to its immune-stimulating and antimicrobial effects. There are also reports that lavender oil reduces scar tissue."Link

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