What is it?
Narcissus absolute is a fragrance used in a variety of personal care products.The dermatitis from Narcissus is probably cause in part by an allergic mechanism and in part by irritant effects. The rash has long been ascribed in part to the calcium oxalate needle crystals present both in the dry outer scales of the bulbs and in the sap exuding from cut flower stems.
How can I avoid it?
Skin contact with Narcissus absolute is required for it to cause a rash. Discontinuation of exposure to products containing Narcissus absolute should result in improvement and/or resolution of your dermatitis. By law, all products made in the US for topical use have the ingredients listed either on the product package or the box that contains it, so check the labeling of your skin care products for this ingredient. If there is no information ask your pharmacist or call the company directly. At work, request a material safety data sheet (MSDS) to help identify potential sources of exposure.
The avoidance of fragrances such as Narcissus Absolute 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.
- Perfumes / Colognes / After-shaves / Toilet water
- Skin Care Products / Cosmetics
- Antiperspirants / Deodorants
- Hair sprays, gels, tonics and lotions
- Hair Colorants / “Permanents-Relaxers”
- Nail Polish / Nail Polish Remover
- Powders / Sprays
- Shampoos / Conditioners
- Shaving products
- Soaps / Cleansers
- Sunscreens and Self-Tanners
- 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 dilute white vinegar.
- Furniture polish
- Laundry care (detergent, softeners)
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