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Son's eyes red and itchy after showering.

My son has asthma and seasonal allergies. Lately, after he gets out of the shower, he complains about his eyes and palms itching. His eyes get very bloodshot and itch until I give him Benedryl. He is 14 so I know he isn't getting soap in his eyes. We have always used Dove soap and Clairol's Herbal Essence Shampoo. The funny thing is, this has never bothered him before! Has anyone else ever experienced this before? Any replies would be appreciated!

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January 31, 20050 found this helpful

People can become allegeric to scents even if they have always been using them. I know my husband and son, who also both have asthma, can only use Ivory soap. Maybe the manufacturer makes the ones you use differently than they used to? Also, I am highly allergic to mold. Although, I am certain you have a very clean shower, sometimes a tub needs to be extra clean to kill mold. Or, have you been using a differnt cleanser in the tub? How's your shower curtain or door? Just some thoughts.

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January 31, 20050 found this helpful

People can become allegeric to scents even if they have always been using them. I know my husband and son, who also both have asthma, can only use Ivory soap. Maybe the manufacturer makes the ones you use differently than they used to? Also, I am highly allergic to mold. Although, I am certain you have a very clean shower, sometimes a tub needs to be extra clean to kill mold. Or, have you been using a differnt cleanser in the tub? How's your shower curtain? Just some thoughts.

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January 31, 20050 found this helpful

The thing with allergies is that they can come and go - it may be that he has just recently developed an allegy to the Herbal Essenses shampoo. Also, have you been using any new products to clean the bathroom with? Or it maybe that the manufacturer has changed some of the ingredients in the shampoo formulas or bathroom cleaners you use - it happens. :(

All I can really suggest is removing one item at a time from his shower routine (I'd start with the shampoo first though) and your cleaners, and see if you can figure out what is causing the problem through trial and error. Hope you can find the cause soon.

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January 31, 20050 found this helpful

Detergent residue or fabric softner in his towel and washcloth?

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January 31, 20050 found this helpful

your son's asthma and seasonal allergies are a huge problem with or without this additional problem. I wonder if he can be reacting to chlorine or something else in the water.

I used to have allegies myself but found out that a large dose of Vitamin C daily eliminated the allegies. It is called "bowel tolerance" level of C. You can research this on the internet.

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February 1, 20050 found this helpful

It is possible to develop an allergy to something you've been using all along, so it might very well be the shampoo or soap. Try changing one at a time to see if either makes a difference.

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February 1, 20050 found this helpful

This product is somewhat expensive, but Purpose soapless cleanser would be good, or perhaps you could try a generic baby wash, which is about the same as baby shampoo.
All the best to you!

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February 1, 20050 found this helpful

Sometimes really hot water makes my daughter break out like this. Maybe if he tried a more tepid temp. I agree it could be the laundry detergent too.

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February 1, 20050 found this helpful

Another idea is to check out your water supply. Maybe something has changed in your water if it comes from a water treatment plant or if you have a private well. Some people can be more sensitive to change than others.

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February 2, 20050 found this helpful

When I was 12 years old (I'm 38 now) I had a problem with the skin on my palms and between my fingers blistering and peeling. My twin sister had the same problem. We had been using Herbal Essence shampoo for quite a while, but when we stopped using it, the probem went away, so I always figured that was the culprit.

Incidentally, I started using it again a few years ago, so either they changed the formula, or I outgrew the problem.

Good luck to you!

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March 5, 20050 found this helpful

I've never had a problem with Clairol Herbal Essence, but I can't use Surf Detergent now. I used to use Surf and did so for years, but they changed the formula and it makes me itch. I've even heard of others that Surf bothers. One even told me his Dr. asked if he uses Surf Detergent as it's bad about irritating the skin. Perhaps you're using Surf Detergent?

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April 25, 20050 found this helpful

I have been using the same shampoo and soap for years. In february my eyes started itching and the next day I had swollen eyes, very itchy head, temples and this has gone on for weeks. Very itchy when I was hot. I finally had a patch test and was told that I have all of a sudden become allergic to Cocamidropropyl Betaine, which is found in most shampoos and soap. By this time I had very bad eczma on my back shoulders, chest and eyes. Yesterday I washed my hair in a chinese herbal shampoo and for the first time in months i am not itching! I hope that this is of some help.

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July 9, 20080 found this helpful

Allergies can develop anytime. Your son's symptoms sound like mine. I found out I'm allergic to detergents and fragrance. I now use fragrance free everything. For the laundry I use Maggie's Soap Nuts. You can find them online. They are awesome. No more itching! Check out the reviews and good luck. :)

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July 20, 20090 found this helpful

I recently bought a large box of surf from sams because it was cheaper than the rest. Like the rest of the country times are a little tight so a penny saved ya know. Anyway it took me about a month of absolute suffering to realize that the detergent was reaking havoc on me. Anytime I came in contact with anything that came in contact with surf detergent my eyes will swell up terrible, the back of my throat will itch something fierce and instantly my sinuses will clog to the point that my ears are popping.The longer I go in this environment the sicker I got.

My lymphs doubled in size, I started having a low grade fever and no amount of antihistamines would help. I have had no previous allergies to anything. I wear cologne and all kinds of smell good stuff so I consider myself to be tolerant of these things but this detergent "surf" was literally killing me. Had I not found out it was the detergent there is no doubt in my mind I would be in the hospital right now. You may ask how I know that surf was the culprit? Process of elimination. Just my story take it how you want and I hope it may help someone who is having the same issues.

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October 10, 20090 found this helpful

Just getting a lot of water in your eyes can make them red, especially if there is a lot of chlorine in your water.

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August 19, 20170 found this helpful

I read this thread eagerly hoping for the answer to my after-shower eye itching, but I seem to have a "but" for every suggestion. I do have allergies but they have been well-managed and stable for years (have completed shot therapy and take Zyrtec and ranitidine daily), I have dry eyes and use Systane (generic) every morning. The drops (these or allergy drops) don't help after the shower, only Benadryl does. It's not the towels; it starts almost as soon as I get in the water--before I have time to use shampoo (I don't even wash my hair every night), body wash (Dove sensitive skin), facial cleanser (Olay sensitive skin foaming cleanser, which I also don't always use), or even pass the rag over my face. We have well water, so no chemicals, have lived in the same place for 23 years, have not changed cleaning products, medicines, or any habit since well before this started. Yet lately if I skip my shower (I shower at night) my eyes are fine but if I shower, they itch as soon as I get wet. I am sensitive to zinc in jewellry; could one of the minerals in my softened hard water be zinc? (Does not seem to matter how full of material the water softener is). Or could the well water possibly have pollen in it?? I paid close attention tonight, and they itched as soon as I got wet.

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August 19, 20170 found this helpful

It sounds like an allergy to the soap or shampoo. You will have to try unscented types.

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August 31, 20170 found this helpful

Hi! I have the same problem. I have asthma and seasonal allergy problems. I never use any soap on my face however when the water gets into my eyes they become very itchy and after shower the bloodshot eyes. So I don't think it's soap or shampoo because there is no difference without these. However it usually happens when we have already begun allergy season. Could it be the water? Or maybe where we live. I am in Brisbane however I have been on holiday to Cairns and Papua New Guinea. I have noticed that whenever I am in the warmer/tropical climates I have none of these allergy problems or asthma.

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