What is it?
Eucalyptus is a plant used in herbal remedies as well as skin and dental care products.
How can I avoid it?
You should avoid contact with this substance. Avoidance requires reading labels, package inserts, and on occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer.
Avoidance requires reading the product labels, package inserts, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), and on occasion, direct communication with the manufacturer.
The avoidance of fragrances and flavoring agents such as eucalyptus can be difficult, since so many everyday products contain these substances. One should use only fragrance-free cosmetic and household products. “Unscented” products may contain low levels of a fragrance to cover up an undesirable odor and also should be avoided. Products labeled as “hypoallergenic” do not assure that the product is truly free of fragrance.
Since fragrances are complex mixtures of many ingredients, an individual may tolerate one fragrance but not another. A trial-and-error method of avoiding a fragrance allergen in a product can be performed by applying the product to the forearm in the same small area twice a day for a week. If no dermatitis develops, the product may likely be used safely.
Since some fragrances are also flavors, foods can, rarely, cause flare-ups of dermatitis in fragrance-sensitive individuals. Particularly if you have oral or lip allergies as discussed with your health care provider, you should avoid foods prepared with eucalyptus.
Direct contact with foods or products containing Eucalyptus may cause symptoms including burning, irritation, and redness. Direct contact may occur on the skin, lips or mouth. It is possible, but rare, that ingestion of this substance could cause generalized symptoms such as itching or redness of the skin.
- Skin care products/Cosmetics
- Hair sprays, gels, tonics, and lotions
- Hair colorants/“Permanents-relaxers”
- Perfumes/Colognes/After-shaves/Toilet water
- Medications, topical, prescription, and over the counter such as
- Creams, ointments, solutions
- Foot and other powders
- Nasal decongestants
- Herbal remedies, including Traditional Chinese Medications
- Wound dressings
- Household products
- Air fresheners/Aromatherapy/Potpourri
- Cleaning products/Soaps/Detergents (A preferred household cleaner is diluted white vinegar.)
- Furniture polish
- Insect repellent
- Laundry care (detergent, softeners)
- Foods, candies, chewing gum, beverages, various, as a flavoring or spice
- Oral care products as a flavoring
- Cough mixtures
- Material for root canal fillings
- Throat tablets and lozenges
- Solvent used in root canal fillings
Other names for Eucalyptus:
- Eucalyptus globulus
- Blue gum tree
- String bark tree
- Iron bark
Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
- Balsam of Peru
- Oil of orange peel