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Fragrance

The perfumes in cosmetics, laundry detergent, fabric softener, cleaning products and of course that bottle of eau de toilette on your bureau aren’t true allergens like pet dander or pollen, but they can trigger the same classic respiratory symptoms. The compounds used to scent products used on skin can also lead to an itchy rash or hives. In fact, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, fragrance is the number one cause of cosmetic contact dermatitis. The best way to avoid an allergic reaction to scent is to swap out lotions, soaps and cleaning products for fragrance free versions. But if you really love your laundry to come out smelling sweet, experiment with different products to find a scented one you can tolerate, advises Clifford Bassett, MD, medical director at Allergy & Asthma Care of New York.