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I am Allergic to Mineral Oil

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  • Posted By: Tigger22472
  • June 19, 2010
  • 05:19 PM

I was recently in a flash fire and at 38 years old I've never really been sick, had medical issues or anything. I also have never been a huge lotion person.

Throughout my recovery I have had to use ointments and creams. Of course redness and itching is common so I thought the reactions I was having were normal. It wasn't until after my release from the hospital after a week that we started determining that I appeared to be allergic to some things we were using. After a few visits of stopping what I was using, and trying new stuff I was once again given a new lotion. At that point they had determined that I appeared to be allergic to 'something in the lotions and the base to the ointments.' The lotion they chose to give me at that point was one that they had only seen one other person allergic to. It was the worse yet. I applied it and after a few hours of the first application my body felt like it was on fire (again :) ) and even started feeling sick to my stomach. I fell asleep only to wake up red, itchy and starting to swell.

After researching we've all but narrowed it down to mineral oil which is in all the lotions I have tried and is also the base for Petrolatum. This actually explains some of the few instances I have had over my life when using things like laxatives, suppositories and some lubricants.

My problem now lies with finding something I can use! Every lotion I have seen so far either have mineral oil or petrolatum listed fairly high in ingredients. Chap sticks also have it but if I use it in moderation and the ingredient is light and low it appears ok. I even used Udder cream that did not have either listed but it had what was called an "Emollient Base." I thought it was ok, but after an hour once again it was burning and I searched Emollient and apparently it's just listed as a moisturizer and smoother so it likely has one of these ingredient! I have seen online a few organic lotions but the price is outragous!

Any suggestions?

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  • Cetaphil lotion does not contain mineral oil or perolatum. I am allergic to both. They are both by products of crude oil. So is petroleum jelly and liquid, or soft, paraffin. I use the generic cetaphil lotion from Walmart, but, not the cream it contains petrolatum. Good luck, it took me awhile to realize what I was allergic to. Now I always read ingredients on label before I use.
    dawnblake 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Cetaphil lotion does not contain mineral oil or perolatum. I am allergic to both. They are both by products of crude oil. So is petroleum jelly and liquid, or soft, paraffin. I use the generic cetaphil lotion from Walmart, but, not the cream it contains petrolatum. Good luck, it took me awhile to realize what I was allergic to. Now I always read ingredients on label before I use.Thanks for the reply. My email was blocked for awhile so I just go the message I had a reply.Thanks for the suggestion, I hadn't found that one. But I did determine that A) generally spray forms of both ointments and lotion do not contain these and B) that Burt's Bee's doesn't appear to either as I have been successful in using both of these types.
    Tigger22472 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I discovered I was allergic to Mineral Oil when I was trying to figure out why I was reacting so terribly to Cover Girl Cosmetics. I used an eyeliner once when I was a teenager, and my eye swelled close! I compared it to one of the other department store brands, and that's how I found it out. I use Curel Ultra healing, which has the perolatum ingredient in it, but I do not react. I have also found traces of mineral oil in Eye wash, after I used it my entire face swelled up!!! benedryl used to make strips (like those popular breath strips) that contained the medicine, which took care of the symptoms very quickly, but they quit making them (I think I was the only one using it)We are unfortunately limited to almay (even they use mineral oil sometimes) physicians formula, clinique (same with them) and the more premium make up brands like Mac, Estee lauder. The best I have found no problems with is (believe it or not) Victoria Secret brand cosmetics, even though the lip gloss has mineral oil in it. Not sure about the eye shadow or eyeliner, but I have yet to have a reaction, and they do not perform animal testing. Thanks for the reply. My email was blocked for awhile so I just go the message I had a reply.Thanks for the suggestion, I hadn't found that one. But I did determine that A) generally spray forms of both ointments and lotion do not contain these and B) that Burt's Bee's doesn't appear to either as I have been successful in using both of these types.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I know its expensive but for burns I recommend a natural product containing aloe vera. Aloe Vera is soothing and will actually help the burn to heal faster (rather then just helping keep skin from drying out).
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
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