A reaction to Balsam of Peru indicates an allergy to fragrance and/or essential oils. Components of Balsam of Peru are used in pharmaceutical products, fragrances and flavorings. A positive patch test can also be an indicator of spice allergies. Flare-ups of eczema in Balsam of Peru-sensitive patients can occur after ingesting spices. Also Balsam of Peru may cause hives (urticaria).
Used as a flavoring in foods (check all ingredients) and used as a masking fragrance for medications.
Please be aware that if your spouse or significant other uses topical skincare products that contain this chemical, skin-to-skin transfer may occur to you.
It may take 2 to 3 weeks of avoiding exposure before improvement of your eruption begins.
Other names you may see this chemical listed as:
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Flavor in drinks
Flavor in tobacco
Possible Occupational Exposures:
Hairdressers and Cosmetologists
Peels of citrus fruit
Tincture of benzoin
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This information is provided as educational only and is
not intended to substitute for medical care or recommendations by a physician.