I have recently been diagnosed with a propylene glycol allergy and am horrified at the number of products that contain it, I have tried to find antihistamines, shampoos and fabric softners which do not contain any glycols but am finding it difficult, is there anyone that can give me advice to help me control this allergy. Thank you
Hi Zangopeach - I have this allergy also, and it's very complicated dealing with it. Lots to learn! I've friended you - if you friend me back and allow questions I can contact you person-to-person and help you out. I've lived with this allergy for 16 years - it's doable. ElizaJane23
It is something that my wife has had to discover on her own by trial and error and by reading ingredients on EVERYTHING. Early on she discovered that any cream applied to her skin made her break out in hives that had propylene glycol in it. Later on she found that reactions to drugs was not a reaction to the drug itself, but to the inactive ingredient of propylene glycol. It seems they add this compound to MANY things as she found it in packaged bacon of a local store brand. Yesterday she had a procedure at the dentist and had a bad reaction of coughing and swelling in her throat. Today we inquired of the dentist and found that the novocaine used contained propylene glycol. She never had a reaction before to novocaine so don't know if the mfg changed ingredients or it's a different mfg than used before.
So a person allergic to this stuff needs to read ALL ingredient lists and make sure the pharmacy, doctors, nurses and hospitals take this allergy very seriously. Ask about anything and everything that you will eat or what ever is going to be administered to you (advise your family to speak up about this allergy if you can not and add it to your list of allergies just as many do for peanuts and MRI contrast). Health care professionals don't take this to be serious so they must be educated about it. Some people have to have drugs made by a compounding pharmacy but it is difficult to get drug insurance to pay for the added cost. In that case the doctors will need to prescribe an alternate drug.
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