Many products in today’s market are labelled as hypoallergenic. These items can include anything from beauty products, linens and jewelry. Some pets are even considered to be hypoallergenic. But don’t let the term fool you. Not all products that are labelled as hypoallergenic offer quality protection against allergies.
The dictionary definition
of hypoallergenic is “having little likelihood of causing an allergic response”. This sounds great if you’re an allergy sufferer. Unfortunately though, there are no industry standards set for a product to qualify as hypoallergenic. Any manufacturer could claim their product is hypoallergenic. The term
is used as a way to say your likelihood of having an allergic reaction may decrease if you use a certain product over another, but the term does not have any medical or scientific meaning.
What Should You Use?
Proper allergy protection requires allergy sufferers to pay very close attention to the products they are using in their day-to-day lives. You may be offered some comfort if you see the term “hypoallergenic” on a product description, but that should not be your only deciding factor on whether or not you should use the item.
Aside from a “hypoallergenic label” there are a number of other factors you can use to decide if a product will help protect you from allergy symptoms:
- Is the product allergist recommended or allergist approved? If the products has been tested or proven to work by a medical professional the likelihood of it being a legitimate allergy protection product is very high.
- Find out what the product is made of. Don’t buy or use the product if it contains something you know or suspect will cause you to have allergy symptoms.
- Do you know who is making the “hypoallergenic claim? If it is a doctor or another medical professional then it is probably a good product. If the claim is only coming from the manufacturer though, you may want to choose a different product to buy.
It’s true that the term “hypoallergenic” may not always mean what you think. But that does not mean you should never buy anything with a hypoallergenic label. Just be sure to consider all factors before deciding on your purchase. This will help ensure that you are getting the best product possible to help protect you against allergens and allergy symptoms.