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Diagnosing  Fragrance AllergyDiagnosing Fragrance Allergy

If you think your eczema is caused by a fragrance allergy, it is important to get a confirmed diagnosis. We ask dermatologist Dr Ian Coutts about fragrance allergy and how it is identified and treated.

Diagnosing the cause of an eczema rash is an art as well as a science, with perhaps a bit of detective work thrown in. every patient is different and dermatologists use a combination of patient history, patch testing, blood tests, and the location and frequency of the rash to make a diagnosis.

If a patient walks in with a rash on their hands and face, or their feet, it points to a possible allergy and this must be confirmed by patch testing. If the evidence suggests fragrance allergy, patients may be encouraged to bring in the products they think they are allergic to so they can be patch tested with them.

This can take time and it can be difficult to get a definite diagnosis, but it’s important to get right because the best prevention is a lifetime of avoidance – using fragrance-free products and staying away from anything that may contain the fragrance.“

It is important people get properly diagnosed because some people think they are allergic to fragrance but may not be,” says Wellington dermatologist Dr Ian Coutts.

"A lot of people are misdiagnosed. People generally don’t know what they are allergic to and some may be wrong about what is causing the problem."

“A typical scenario for someone with fragrance allergy might be someone who is atopic and may have had eczema, asthma and hay fever as a child, then they get a deterioration in their eczema as an adult. or it may be their eczema has become regionalised, for example it only appears on their hands and face. They will come in and say my eczema is getting bad, what can I do? you can’t include or exclude any allergy, so we may have to do patch testing, which will hopefully give some answers.”

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Issue: Autumn 2014