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Allergens: Chemical Sensitivity

What is chemical sensitivity?

Chemical sensitivity is not considered an allergic reaction because it does not involve the release of IgE (immunoglobin E) antibodies, histamine, or other chemicals by the immune system. However, reactions to certain chemicals may cause reactions similar to those experienced with allergies.

Chemicals that cause sensitivity may include synthetic and natural substances found in:

  • Carpeting

  • Plastics

  • Perfumes

  • Plants

  • Paint

  • Cigarette smoke

  • Poorly ventilated wood-burning stoves

  • Inhaled ozone and nitrogen dioxide

  • Sulfur dioxide inhalation

  • Natural outdoor pollution, such as dust storms, forest fires, or erupting volcanoes

  • Man-made outdoor pollution: vehicle exhaust, petroleum refining, and fossil fuel combustion

  • Cleaning fluids

  • Pesticides 

Online Medical Reviewer: Berry, Judith, PhD, APRN
Online Medical Reviewer: Sohrabi, Farrokh, MD
Last Review Date: 7/24/2012
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