Chronic sinus or allergy problems can leave you feeling as though your nose is perpetually stuffed. To breathe freely again, many sinus sufferers rely on nasal irrigation, a technique that flushes out clogged nasal passages using a saltwater solution.
"I find it to be the first line of defense in dealing with complicated sinus problems and allergy problems," says Evangeline Lausier, MD, assistant clinical professor of medicine and director of clinical services at Duke University's department of...
These reactions -- what your doctor calls allergic contact dermatitis -- happen when your immune system overreacts to chemicals that are normally harmless. They can be in products you're exposed to over and over, like cleaners, colognes, hair dyes, and personal care items.
Even if you've used them before, you can still have a reaction.
Cosmetics and personal care products have a lot of potential allergens, things you could be allergic to:
Fragrances in soaps, colognes, deodorants, body creams, cosmetics, detergents, and tissues
Preservatives and antibacterials, added to many liquids to keep them from spoiling
Substances added to thicken, color, or lubricate a product
Chemicals in permanent hair dyes and other hair products
Formaldehyde resin, an ingredient in many nail care products
Sunscreens, often found in cosmetic moisturizers, lip balms, and foundations
Your skin is one of the first places where the warning signs can show up. They often appear 24 to 48 hours later, but can start as late as a week after you come in contact with the irritating chemical.
Each person may have different chemical allergy symptoms. Some of the most common are:
The symptoms tend to be worst where you touched the thing you're allergic to. If you get the allergen on your finger and then touch another part of your body, like your face or neck, you can set off an allergic reaction there.
Other conditions can cause similar symptoms, so see your doctor to find out what the problem is.
Often your doctor may be able to diagnose your allergy by doing a physical exam and asking you about your symptoms.