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Contact Dermatitis From A Cheap Laundry Detergent

Author: Nanna B.
Date: 11-04-2011
Views: 3,640
Word Count: 152
Questions Received: Not available for contact
Testimonial ID: 6497-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 4

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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: contact-dermatitis — "[T]opical fatty acids and essential oils are a useful treatment option for canine atopic dermatitis."Link
3.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
4.Associated topics: contact-dermatitis — "Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It is also used in a healing bath for joint and muscle pain. One study evaluating treatments for children with eczema found [that] it was therapeutic touch from the mother that improved symptoms; in other words, massage with and without essential oils (including lavender) both reduced the dry, scaly skin lesions. Another study found that lavender oil may improve pain control after surgery."Link

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