So you have a diagnosis of various things you are allergic to and is it important that you tell anyone else?
It is of course your decision... In my case I felt that it was important to let key people know so that I did not put myself in danger of going through all the blistering and rashes all over again. Also because one of them is Penicillin it is vital that no one gives me that.
am allergic to 5 main things :-
Balsam of peru
preservatives commonly used in skincare and medical preparations.
to this it is important that key people in my life are aware of them
and the reactions I can have.
Person You live with. In my case my husband has had to change a
lot of his products as well and we have had to change how we clean
our home and wash our clothes so clearly he needs to be involved and
aware. He has been very supportive!
and wider family - in my case so they don't use perfumes
when they see me, are understanding when we visit and also so they don't make the mistake of buying
presents that are toxic to me!
can only find one shampoo and conditioner that I can use so far and
its not the one my hairdresser salon uses. So I discussed it with him
and we agreed I would bring my own. Have to say my hairdressers have
been wonderful, accommodating me at quiet times so I am not exposed to
too many hairdressing chemicals and really looking after me.
It is important in my case as some dental compounds contain the
allergens I have so i gave them a detailed list of what I am allergic
staff-If you are going into hospital for surgery it is important
tell them what allergies you have- whatever the allergy.
Staff -Beauty or "pamper" treatments- tell your
therapist BEFORE you start treatment and preferably when you book
what your allergies are. They may work around them or may advise you
not to undertake that treatment.
Clearly your GP/Doctor will know but do remember to tell any
GP/Doctor/Healthcare professional that you need to see if you
are away from home or if abroad on holiday or for work.
8. Carer. If
you have a carer to support you they will also need to be told what
you are allergic to and what products you can and cannot use.
Services if necessary. With many allergies it is safer and
easier for you if you wear a Medical ID Pendant Or Bracelet with the
names of the allergens on so that if you cannot communicate the
healthcare teams will know what is safe for you to use. There are
ones available for men , women and for children and can be one of the
most important piece of jewellery you own.
10. Your Place Of Work. This may be important simply to let your employer and workmates know in case you get a reaction to say a perfume a colleague is wearing, or due to for example chemicals you regularly come into contact with that you now need protecting from.