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Are there any common ingredients in soap, lotions/creams, shampoo and toothpaste that can cause an allergic reaction?

Asked by DigitalBlue (7072points) March 25th, 2014

I have been reacting to common grooming products for a while, now, mostly with itching and hives. At first I thought it was just my sensitive skin, so I switched to a less complicated moisturizer from the health food store by my house.
Then I realized that I was reacting to soap and shampoo, so I switched to an uncomplicated “natural” soap bar and sulfate free shampoo and conditioner. That seemed to help.
Now something is wrong with my mouth. I did switch to Sensodyne toothpaste two days ago (from Colgate Total). I had dental work done a few times over the last month, and my teeth and jaw have been very tender, I thought a toothpaste for sensitivity would help. Unfortunately, I seem to have reacted negatively to the toothpaste, my mouth is raw and swollen, like I would expect from an allergy.

Is there a common ingredient that I should know about? When I try to do a search, it just gives me a lot of sites about how toothpaste is destroying my health and how commercial soap is toxic and evil. That’s fine, and all, but not really what I’m looking for, heh.

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