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Chemical Sensitivity

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Some people report that they react to chemicals in their environments and that these allergy-like reactions seem to result from exposure to a wide variety of synthetic and natural substances. Such substances can include those found in

  1. Paints
  2. Carpeting
  3. Plastics
  4. Perfumes
  5. Cigarette smoke
  6. Plants

Although the symptoms may resemble those of allergies, sensitivity to chemicals does not represent a true allergic reaction involving IgE and the release of histamine or other chemicals. Rather than a reaction to an allergen, it is a reaction to a chemical irritant, which may affect people with allergies more than others.

(extracted for Airborne Allergens: Something in the Air)

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