Allergy to laundry detergent
Allergy to washing powder in the modern world, unfortunately, is by no means a rarity. Nowadays the market of household chemicals is represented by a wide variety of goods, the action of which is aimed at achieving practically sterile cleanliness. However, when buying any dishwashing detergent or detergent, few people think about its safety for health, since when choosing a cleaning or detergent, in addition to price, all attention is exclusively focused on its cleaning and bleaching qualities. The label "Ecologically clean product" on modern powders is very rare, therefore allergy to washing powder can develop with the same probability as an allergic reaction to dust, pollen, food, wool, etc. Most people are sure that if they are chosen the product is already on the shelves, and previously it was observed its advertising on television channels, it simply must be completely safe. The facts, to great regret, speak about the opposite.
According to opinion of authoritative researchers, the increasing daily use of various household chemicals causes a rapid increase in cases of allergic reactions to these drugs, including allergic rhinitis, allergic skin diseases, gastrointestinal tract diseases, bronchial asthma , etc.
The majority of detergent powders offered on the market contain phosphate compounds that improve detergency and soften water; optical brighteners, surfactants and synthetic flavors. In the course of washing, all of the above components settle on things and often even a repeated rinse does not wash them. Special studies have been carried out which clearly showed that at least eight complete rinses are required to completely remove phosphates and surfactants from the laundry (these compounds in various powders are counted in amounts of 15 to 40%), whereas normally at home, people manage at most three. As a result - washed and seemingly clean things, due to the presence on them of the remnants of these substances, can cause not only various allergic manifestations, but also serious violations in the work of the liver, kidneys and brain. Penetrating through the skin into the skin microvessels, the surfactants enter the bloodstream and are carried throughout the body. In the case of constant contact with these substances, the inhibition of all human immune protection is observed.
An allergy to powder in a child can develop if particles of aggressive substances have somehow got into the gastrointestinal tract (this often happens in the case of storing detergents in the kitchen), and they are also capable of causing a reaction in the case of inhalation of air with particles of these substances.
Getting into the body, the synthetic compounds that make up all the detergent powders harm not only the adult, but also their children. According to statistical data, the allergy of the baby to the powder is observed in every tenth newborn. And if an unfavorable ecological situation and the general weakness of immunity are added to this, an alarm should be sounded, since in recent years dermatitis has often started to occur among newborns. The reason for the development of these diseases is truly banal - these are diapers that have been washed with a powder containing about 50% phosphate.
Symptoms of powder allergy in a baby can be as follows: the appearance of a small rash (reminiscent of urticaria), redness of the skin, swelling, itching, scaly areas. If the baby can not fall asleep and is capricious, you should pay close attention to the fragrant smelling linen after washing. Recently, hypoallergenic children's powders have become very popular. For example, an allergy to powder "eared nanny" was not found.
Absolutely all washing powders and detergents should be used carefully and carefully. There is an erroneous opinion that the more you throw the powder when washing, the better the laundry will be washed and bleached. So, you should know that using a detergent in larger doses than recommended on the package can lead to dangerous health effects. No less dangerous are the modern synthetic detergents for washing dishes, and the more they are thicker in their consistency, the more they remain on the dishes and, accordingly, they then come with food to our bodies.
Recently, neutralizing components of detergents with a natural acid base have become very popular in Europe. Up to us, these funds have reached only in single copies, but the ideal salvage can be a juice of ordinary lemon or a solution of citric acid. Unfortunately, this unit is known for rinsing, while the vast majority of parents continue to feed their children with food, with the addition of synthetic substances that remain after washing dishes
Allergy to powder - how to protect yourself?
Despite the fact that it is impossible to name the powders useful for health, they will not be able to completely abandon their use, alas. In order to try to be as safe as possible from the impact of harmful synthetic components of themselves and their children in powders, one should adhere to some simple recommendations that will help to reduce the risk of allergic reaction to a minimum. Below we provide a list of key recommendations:
• If possible, buy washing powders with no phosphate compounds in their composition. Unfortunately, such powders are somewhat more expensive, but the risk of developing allergies in their use is significantly reduced
• If the clothes emit a strong aroma after washing, the used powder should be changed, since a strong smell indicates a large amount of flavors, which are characterized by a burning sensation in the nose and an allergic rhinitis
• The amount of powder should be used strictly specified on the package
• In the case of hand washing, rubber gloves must be worn
• In order to keep as few harmful components as possible on the fabric, the laundry and clothing should be rinsed repeatedly after washing
• Open packets of detergent should never be stored in the kitchen, or in places of possible contact with food, cutlery or plates. Some constituents of powders are very volatile and carry no problems with air, settling on dishes or foodstuffs, after which they penetrate the digestive system into the body, causing vomiting, diarrhea, or poisoning
• Washing of children's underwear deserves special mention, especially for newborn babies. To wash children's underwear there are many powders, however, unfortunately some still contain phosphates in their composition - substances that are extremely harmful to the fragile child's body. That's why all things newborns better to wash with ordinary household soap.