Intended for healthcare professionals

Fragrance allergy – new tests, new laws

Fragrances or perfumes can be found in almost every product we use, from household products to cosmetics and even car washing liquid, to make them more appealing to our olfactory senses. Many mild reactions to fragrances are unreported and the true extent of this problem is therefore hard to define. Fragrances used in cosmetics are responsible for the greatest number of mild reactions. Buckley et al found that the incidence of fragrance allergy was 8.5% in females and 6.7% in males in London.
Dermatology in practice 2007; 15(1): 8–10
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