Severe change in acid level of blood (pH balance), which leads to damage in all of the body organs
Eyes, ears, nose, and throat
Loss of vision Severe pain in the throat Severe pain or burning in the nose, eyes, ears, lips, or tongue
Blood in the stool Burns and possible holes in the food pipe (esophagus) Severe abdominal pain Vomiting
Heart and blood
Low blood pressure that develops rapidly
Lungs and airways
Breathing difficulty (from breathing in the detergent) Throat swelling (may also cause breathing difficulty)
Burns Holes (necrosis) in the skin or tissues underneath Irritation
Certain individuals can have so-called irritant contact dermatitis from soaps, detergents, and cleaning products. These reactions are similar to allergic contact dermatitis but the skin does not have an allergic reaction but rather is directly irritated, leading to loss of normal barrier skin function and painful rash. These reactions can be slightly less itchy that allergic dermatitis. A common situation is a new rash that comes up after changing or using unfamiliar bath or cleaning products. The treatment for irritant dermatitis is similar to allergic contact dermatitis, except that steroids are less often needed and antihistamine creams don’t typically help much.
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I've developed a rash recently and I don't know if it's eczema or just a skin allergy. I changed detergents recently. Does this have anything to do with my rash?
In its most fundamental meaning, "eczema" is simply a type of skin inflammation. Collectively, skin inflammations resulting from allergies or physical contact are referred to as "dermatitis." While the name may sound serious, dermatitis can range from mild-a small patch of flaking, dry skin-to severe-rashes that can be painful and cause cracks in the skin.
When we use the term "eczema," we commonly conflate the condition with atopic dermatitis, which doctors believe is an autoimmune-related disorder that causes a chronic itchy rash. However, if your rash only appeared recently, it's highly unlikely that you are experiencing atopic eczema. Atopic eczema is a hereditary disorder that most often affects people in childhood and can either worsen or improve as they age.
A more recent, first-time rash is more ...
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