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Friday, May 08, 2009 howard logan, Community Member, asks

Q: can a person be allergic to soap

i use ivory soap and sometimes irish springs but mostly ivory.

i am not sure if this soap washes off clean enough


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JB, Editor
5/13/09 4:17pm

A person can theoretically be allergic to anything, but some things are more likely to trigger allergic reactions than others.


Common allergy triggers include pollen, animal dander (that is, a chemical or protein in the animal's saliva and skin), dust mites and mold. Medication and topical creams and ointments can cause allergic reactions. When it comes to food, the most common food allergies in the U.S. are to milk, wheat, soy, egg, peanut, tree nut, fish and shellfish.


It is possible to be allergic to soap, but we cannot diagnose any condition on this Web site. If the soap causes itchy red bumps, it may be something known as contact dermatitis, which is not, techncially, an allergy.


If you have concerns, visit your doctor or get a referral to an allergist.

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By howard logan, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/18/10, First Published: 05/08/09