Sep 13, 2011

Tide Allergic Reaction :: Hives/Dermatitis


For a month and a half, I had an itch that wouldn't go away. The symptoms included raised red bumps all over my body, constant itching that got worse at night, difficulty breathing, and difficulty sleeping. I truly feel for you if you're dealing with hives/dermatitis.

To cure the itching, I tried everything! I tried refrigerated Cetaphil lotion, J&J baby lotion, ice packs, Allegra, Benadryl, Zyrtec, rubbing Guava leaves on my itchy spots, eating Eastern medicines (gross tasting btw), meditation, and switching to an organic diet. These attempts temporarily calmed  my symptoms, but the allergies kept coming back. My body was reacting to something, and no amount of medicine or lotion would cure it.

It turns out I had hives due to my laundry detergent, Tide Clean Breeze. With every wash, my clothes would be coated in allergen causing my skin to severely react. The difficulty breathing was from drying my clothes, and the detergent residue would get shot into the air from the dryer outlet, which I would then breath in and react to. From what I read, the itchyness gets worse at night because our body's natural defense goes dormant where its less active than during the day.

I've used Tide for many years without any reaction, but either my body chemistry changed, or something in Tide's formula changed. I switched to a 100% Natural detergent from Costco. Then I rewashed all of my clothes and bedsheets. 3 days later, my symptoms improved dramatically. No more bumps, and no more itch! If you're dealing with the "Itches," hang in there. I wish you strength.

Update: 5/24/2013

I wanted to give some closure to this post. Since the day I wrote this post in '11, my detergent allergies disappeared. I continue to use a 100% natural detergent.

Update: 8/4/2013

From the comments, thanks anonymous, for a detailed detergent comparison breakdown, check out http://www.diaperjungle.com/detergent-chart.html

101 comments:

  1. thank you for posting this. i broke out in hives about 14 months ago (late august 2010) and im highly suspecting the cause was changing over to Tide detergent. i moved into a new house in February and began using home-made detergent of 1 cup dr bronners peppermint all-purpose magic soap, 1 cup of baking soda, and 2 cups of h20 (i put this in a container and use about 1/4-1/3 cup for each large load of laundry) i was so paranoid this past year because i was diagnosed with severe allergy to nickel (which im sure wasnt the main issue because ive been wearing costume jewelry from forever 21 and though they will cause itchy rashes if i wear them for a long period of time i sweat..otherwise ive been fine wearing them) i recently did a load of laundry at my new boyfriend's house (uses Tide Clean Breeze) and for the first time in months, it felt like my esophogus was closing up.. i had trouble breathing and the clothing i was wearing from that batch of laundry caused me to break out in rashes on my bottom which i thought were a spread of the molluscum contagiosum (poxvirus) i am also battling simultaneously. i do believe the tide caused all of this. i was allergic to it, the smell, touching anything that had been washed in it, it dried out my skin, caused it to itch, therefore leaving room for pathogens/virus to get into the cracks of my dry skin and that is probably how i picked up molluscum (a type of HPV that can last anywhere from 3-24 months).. this is insanity. im glad i know what the cause is now. thank u for posting this. i think ill be able to sleep better knowing that as long as i re-wash this load of laundry chillin in a big bag outside.. i can go back to getting better from my molluscum and not having to deal with these outrageous symptoms i was so sure were morgellons for the longest time..

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  2. Thank you for sharing your story. The difficulty breathing can be alarming. I can relate because I thought I was having a heart attack or something when my allergies were at their worst.

    Well, I'm glad you figured out the culprit (Tide Clean Breeze), and I sincerely hope your allergies have gone away. Best wishes, Tri.

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  3. Thank you for posting Tide pic under "pics of itchy red dots". I've made recent changes for my kids with their detergent and switched scents on my Tide, since hen I've been breaking out all over my upper body (which seems to be the most senstive to change). I've been doing some process of elimination and stopped using my kids detergent (which I used on all of our whites, including my delicates :), come to find out it's Tide Clean breeze... I've been using Tide (with lavender label/scent & sport) for years, but there must be something about the Clean Breeze. Thank you for helping claim my sanity!

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  4. I have been using Tide for years. My family has never had a problem with it. Now all of a sudden my son who is 20 started breaking out in hives some 2 inches in length or longer. Crazy. It seemed to start once I introduced Tide Total Care. I gave Gain a try same reaction. Now I am going to purchase Seventh Generation Free and Clear. I hope that helps. He is a volunteer firefighter and can't become distracted when fighting a fire.

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    1. Hi, sorry to hear about that, I understand what your son is going through, and I'm sure he will get better. For me, I had to rewash everything Tide touched, so sheets, clothing, pillows, shoes etc.

      I sincerely hope he gets better soon!
      -Tri

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  5. I have broke out in hivs as wel, and the only thing I can think of is I bought the All Free and CLear like I always do, except this time it had Oxi-active in it. For those of you who broke out in hives, I am only seeing them all on my behind and upper thighs. I asked the dermatologist if it could be from the laundry detergent and she said no because I would see them everywhere. Did anyone experience them in one spot as well?

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    1. i have always had a sensitive undercarriage. we have been using the all free and clear and it was doing just fine. for the past 2 weeks or so, i've been having a horrible time "down there". i found out that we got the kind with oxi-active in it. we haven't switched back yet but i think we definitely need to. my daughter has bad eczema and she's been getting severe breakouts and i think it may be because of the oxi-active. i've known people to be allergic or reactive to oxi-clean.

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    2. I am currently experiencing that it is only on my upper thighs and arms. I have been using Tide Pods for the last year with downy fabric softner. I have been a Tide girl forever. I am switching to All free and clear... hoping it works.

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    3. I have been experiencing the same thing for the last 3 weeks I have had bumps all along my legs and arms only. Doc said couldn't be detergent because it would be all over. But I had recently started adding in Oxi-clean and that's the only thing I can think it could be. Gets worse over night and clears up during day. Stopped using ox-clean and rash is slowly going away. Re-washed sheets twice may need to wash again.

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    4. I've been dealing with hives for 3 months, and I believe the cause is Tide Free & Gentle; I first broke out when I started using it, and I didn't have it for the month I traveled in So. America. The first night I used Tide F&G I had a knot pop up on my forehead the size of a grape, my eyes and lips swelled, and I coughed a lot, plus of course the red welts of hives... misery! A couple of months later, I saw a dermatologist who was very self-confident and told me, "It's not your detergent; it's something you've ingested, probably the anti-inflammatories you take for arthritis. Don't worry about your laundry, but stay off those meds." OK, so when I saw him, my symptoms were mostly gone: at my regular doc's recommendation, I had been off the meds for a week; on my own initiative, I had also been wearing new pjs & undies, a new summer dress, and I'd been using a new towel and sleeping on new sheets, all of which I'd hand-washed in Country Save (no enzymes, dyes, fragrance, brighteners or phosphates) and my symptoms were 95% gone. The night after I saw the dermatologist, I put on a nightgown that had been washed in Tide F&G (several washes ago and subsequently re-washed in multiple rinsed in water and white vinegar, and I woke up 4 or 5 hours later with abdomen, back and buttocks covered in welts. MD's freely admit that they can't figure out the cause of hives at least 50% of the time; that's quite likely because their pre-conceptions blind them to clues that might lead to a better understanding of the processes at work. I've had a very hard time getting the residue out of my laundry, even with long soaks in hot water & white vinegar. Another issue with Tide is they made it more concentrated so you need to use 1/4 or 1/3 or 1/2 as much, but they give you the same size scoop as before (DUH!), and on the box they say 1 scoop = 6 scoops of detergent with OXY, which is completely irrelevant and totally confusing about how much to use. So, it's quite possible that many of us are using or have used too much Tide, which would leave a residue in our clothes that would irritate the skin. Check the quantity suggested and use less! I found a good chart about laundry detergent on a diaper site and opted for one with no fragrance, dyes, brighteners, phosphates or enzymes (yes, Tide has enzymes which help get spots out by breaking down organic matter--maybe even your skin!)

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    5. I have had same issues with Tide I going to look to see what kind it is. I switched to Purex I have been symptom free. My hives were from where my clothing touched my skin. But somedays only place they would be were where i was sitting. I found out that when my arm was in the sun that is where I would get the hives under my sleve only when I sit for a long time and my back and behind get warm thast when I would break out in hives again in those areas so heat can affect you if your clothes are contaminated with tide. I would like to tey Downy softner again if possible I miss my clothes smelling fresh. if anyone has any sucess in keeping there clothes smelling good please email me seth_57@yahoo.com Subject line: Hives Solutions

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    6. MY HUSBAND HAS IT THE WORSE BUT HAS BEEN TO FAMILY DOC 2 TIMES AND TODAY TO THE DERM DR. THE DERM DR. KINDA AGREES PROB THE TIDE WITH THE CRYSTALS IN IT NOW. DIDN'T PAY ATTENTION WHEN I GOT THE NEW BOX BUT HE HAS ITCHED AND ITCHED THEN BROKE OUT MORE TO BE SEEN TOP OF LEGS AT HIS BUTT THEN THE LAST COUPLE DAYS I BEGAN HAVING IT MORE TOO. THE DERM DR. SAID BECAUSE OF THE UNDERWEAR THEN SITTING AND THE TWISTING AND HEAT MAKES IT WORSE. NITE TIME SEEM TO ITCH MORE. I PICKED UP A BOTTLE OF THE FREE AND CLEAR BUT SHE SAID MAY TAKE A FEW WASHES TO GET IT OUT OF THE CLOTHES AS WELL AS THE WASHING MACHINE...JOY. GAVE A STEROID CREAM TO USE AS WELL AND GO BACK IN 3-4 WEEKS TO FOLLOW UP.

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  6. Thank you for posting this.

    I've been allergic to one type of tide my entire life...well anything in the orange bottle. I recently switched over to the White bottle the "Naturals" I think it's called, and I didn't break out for a bit...then out of nowhere BAM I get hives like no tomorrow on my legs, and I had this same thing with the orange bottle tide as well.

    @the anonymous poster above

    I have the same issue, it is an allergic reaction to tide. I got it for the last 15 years when using tide.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on what to switch to?

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    1. I personally use gain or arm n hammer. I am allergic to cheap detergents and now tide.

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    2. Arm and Hammer, or the stuff in the blue bottle. I'm a huge fan of A&H products, so that's what I use. I'm also, generally, not allergic to stuff, but after washing my underwear/t-shirts/socks in Tide a roommate left behind, I broke out something fierce—armpits, groin, thighs, etc. (basically anywhere my clothing was touching my body without getting a chance to breath). They went away—literally—hours after I put on clothes I knew had been washed in A&H. Problem solved, thankfully in less than two days.

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    3. Check out the info about various detergents in this chart: http://www.diaperjungle.com/detergent-chart.html

      I opted for Country Save which I buy at Natural Grocers. It has no fragrance, dyes, brighteners, phosphates or enzymes (yes, Tide has enzymes which help get spots out by breaking down organic matter--maybe even your skin!)

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    4. Thanks for the helpful link. I will add it to the original post.

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  7. I have used Gain detergent and softener with no problems...made the switch to Tide Pods because they were less messy, big mistake!!..couldn't pinpoint why my legs and ankles broke out in a severe itchy rash, it was the Tide detergent...never again!

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  8. i broke out after using tide meadow pods. plz be careful using this product. I suffered for over a week. I did inform Tide about this issue. They said no one else has complained

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    1. I am also going thru the same issue with tide pods! terrible , i have had to go get 2 steroid shots in 2 days.

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    2. Wishing y'all some good vibes and soothing thoughts!

      Cheers,
      -Tri

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    3. Wow....this is so insightful ....i just switch to pod spring meadows...evrytime i wake up Im itching...thought i had bed bugs in my new mattress....but what's weird..i now wake up with swollen lips in the am...has to be a allergic reaction

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    4. I spent the entire day scrubbing my bedroom and steaming my mattress I was convinced we had bed bugs too, but I could never find any sign of bugs! Turns out its the dang detergent, Tide Spring Medow in Pods. I have hives all over my legs and arms. I have always used Tide, so what's up with this scent and Pod? I have to was everything....and I switched to ALL free and clear....

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    5. I have been breaking out for 15 days too...come to find out tide pods spring medow is to blame....guess its time to switch again.

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    6. This is so familiar. I searched my dogs for fleas (none) and then washed their bedding which is in the bedroom, not too far from our bed. It was when they woke me up scratching and chewing that a little lightbulb went on in my head. They're clean; their bedding is clean.... I'm clean, my bedding is clean, what do we have in common? Hmmm, could it be the detergent???? BINGO! Tide Free and Gentle. Good luck trying to get its residue out of your laundry though; it will take long soaks in hot water with a better soap or detergent and some white vinegar in the rinse. I suggest not putting too many clothes per load and giving them an extra rinse, but honesetly, I'm still trying to get my clothes free of Tide Free & Gentle.

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  9. I'm so relieved to know that I'm not losing my mind! I have never had any allergic reactions to any other detergent, but after purchasing Tide Pods Spring Meadow scent about a month ago, all I've been doing is itching terribly. It seems to be especially worse when I was my bed sheets, like I did today. As I lie in bed right now, I'm unable to sleep because the intense discomfort, which is what led me to this posting in search of answers. I haven't had hives, but I have had severe itching of my throat, face, eyes, neck, arms, and pretty much the rest of my body. I couldn't justify not using $20 worth of detergent, but now that I'm down to the last 5 or 6 Pods, I can't be happier! As much as I love the smell of the clothes, I will not be purchasing this product again. Something is definitely in Tides detergent. Off to go pop a couple Benedryl…

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  10. I can't stop itching. Hives all over and my eczema is getting worse from all the hives and itching. I ran out of my my personal laundry soap, so the last two weeks I went to my mothers an used hers, which happen to be Tide. I took a few hours before I started itches so bad. All over my body, and I can't really handle it. Nothing is working to help dull the itch. So, today I will be buy my regular gain and rewash all my clothes!

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  11. I just recently purchased Tide original....love the smell but wow I am waking up so itchy. I work in a nursing home so I was worried I had picked up something. Figured I would research the whole possible allergy to Tide and to my surprise I have all of the same symptoms. All I can say is ba bye Tide!

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  12. I am so glad someone wrote this blog! I am breaking out on my arms and legs with the tide pods. I even had my friends to buy some pods because I at first I love the simplicity of them, but now omg I am breaking out everywhere. On my arms and hands I have hives. My legs just itch to the point where its unbearable. I went to the doctor and they gave me cream which did not work. My friends are breaking out the same way and its crazy. I am going to try and bring this pod set back to the store and go back to gain. This is ridcilous because I love the product and the smell, but whatever chemical that is inside is causing a major allergy in a vast amount of people.

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    1. I reported my issue with Tide Free & Gentle to Proctor and Gamble and a man took careful notes he said he'd pass on to their health and safety dept. because that is their highest priority (right!). Then they sent me a check for $11, the cost of the box. I've been dealing with this for months, been to the dr. 4 times, and I get $11. You gotta laugh.

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  13. I have learned that Xtra and Arm & Hammer detergents cause me to break out in horrible hives. Tide never bothered me until I tried the pods a few days ago. I wore a tshirt that had been washed in them & stupidly thought I could make it until I got home from work before changing once I realized the shirt was causing a reaction (around 11am is when I noticed). I ended up in the ER from the severity of the hives & my arms swelled up, turned red, and ached so badly. I've never had an ache like that. I'll be sticking to All Free/Clear from now on. Never again!

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  14. I've never known of anything I was allergic to... that is until my wife pruchased a bag of Tide Pods. My eyelids turned red and bacame swollen and burned with torment... that's right... TORMENT! my neck also itched crazily-- but oh wow... did i suffer with burning eyelids. It took me days to discover it was Tide and many more days to find out that ANYTHING that had ever remotely touched the Tide product had to be rewashed at least twice. I must admit that i am now afraid of detergent isles in the grocery and very hesitant and concerned before putting on clothes that I am not 100% positive have been rewashed. I find Tide Pods extremely danagerous and i cant imagine the suffering this could cause a small child. if you suffer from burning EYELIDS (as wierd as that sounds) throw out the Tide!

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    1. Thank goodness I found the testimony of all of you here. For a week now I have had these hives. Now, the eyelids are irritated. I use All free and clear. No good. I am going to buy Mrs. Meyers or another natural product tomorrow. I researched for the past week about what goes into our food and shampoos and was amazed at how many toxins are there. From antifreeze to wood pulp in food, now reading this, I will look at the ingredients in laundry detergents. I am on a detox diet, who wants to push more toxins into the liver when it is on overload. Read labels, we are the country that allows 12K chemicals into our food, skincare and hygiene products, learn what the chemicals and avoid. CALL the corporate offices of those poisoning us
      so we have more power, inform them we know.

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    2. Omg! I cannot believe I found this. Thank god I did. I switched to tide pods and my daughter, who is only two and a half years old, was waking up in the middle of the night screaming and scratching all over her body. She was trying to claw her eyes out and she scratched her arms so badly that they would bleed. I took her to an allergist and they said pollen..... No way. It was only bad at night and right when she wakes... It has to be from her pillow case and blankets etc. I am never using anything other than natural detergent ever again.

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    3. I finally found the answer!!! Am going to a dermatologist on Wednesday. I've NEVER had hives or allergic reactions on the skin prior to using the Pods. I had been using regular Tide before that without any problems. The rash has spread all over both arms and legs and ankles. The itching is so bad that even Benadryl doesn't help anymore. I have found NO cream that relieves it either, even tried 100% coconut oil on my honeymoon, to no avail.

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    4. WOW...i have never had a breakout of hives/rash before and all of a sudden a month ago, i would get sporadic bumps on my legs and back. happened daily so thought it was bed bugs...i washed my sheets daily for two weeks to no avail. I finally went to a dermatologist and he basically dismissed it as something in my environment (was useless to me) and prescribed a cream to help with the itching...but i continued to get bumps. Then i realized that i changed from Cheers to Tide Pods a couple of weeks before it all began...that has to be it...thank God I found that it is happenign to others. I'm going to return to Cheers and rewash my class and hope it goes away. Thanks you all!

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    5. I've always had allergic reactions to scented laundry detergents. For some reason I can use Tide Orginal and be just fine, but yesterday I cleaned up a very small spill (maybe 1/4 cup) of my parent's Tide Clean Breeze and immediately washed my hands multiple times.... within 30 minutes I was COVERED in hives. I've tried every otc med there is and nothing ever helps. My doctor either gives a steroid shot, or medrol dose pac (same steroid but pill form to be taken over multiple days) depending on the severity of the reaction. I reccomend just calling the doc as soon as the hives appear- the steroids work quickly and completely.

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    6. I just switched to the Tide Pods and I could not stop itching!!! Kept me up at night. I have never had an issue with Tide in the past, but this is just crazy! I am glad I am not the only person. Going home and washing everything!!

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  15. My wife has used Tide for a long time. Recently we purchased a new HE set and switched to Tide HE. Now a month later she has bumps/rash like symptoms but I do not. Just went and bought All free and clear to see if that makes a difference. Seems maybe Tide has changed their formula because I see a lot of people complaining about itches, bumps and hives. What a shame since Tide might be seeing a decline in sales based on what I'm reading.

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  16. I am so glad that I read a review on the Tide Sport with Febreeze product on Amazon (as well as in this post); it only confirms my beliefs that I've been experiencing an awful and ITCHY allergic reaction to using Tide Sport on my bedding!

    As of about a week and a half ago, I had purchased new bedding (sheet sets) as well as this Tide Sport product. Around the same timeframe I began going to my doctor's office because I began having hundreds of horrible, raised, insect-bite looking marks/bumps all over my arms and legs that were extremely itchy! I have never had any type of allergic reactions to any products so my first reaction was that it must be bed bugs so I washed all of my sheets again, washed my comforter, took all of the necessary precautions, vacuumed everywhere, etc. but was still receiving new (nightly) bumps that appeared like insect bites on my skin. The doctor believed that it was either Folliculitis or bed bug bites because I only had been receiving more and more bite-like marks on my body after sleeping in those sheets (revelation: that I've been washing repeatedly in the new detergent). I was even put on anti-itch antibiotics and creams due to this awful itching feeling (which only now makes sense because of these other reviews I read). I've had these symptoms for almost 2 weeks now and not only are they unsightly, they are beyond itchy and I will get hives all over my legs and arms (which just began near the base of my collar bone).

    I'm going to be purchasing a new laundry detergent and will re-wash all of my sheets and if I see a difference I will post an update to this review.

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    1. Would like to know the outcome. I am where you were when you made this post. Was it detergent?

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  17. Same as everyone only I was an idiot...I was out of bleach so I doubled the pod in my whites. My rash is on some VERY sensitive spots. In addition, have been fighting what I thought was a chest cold that just wouldn't go away. Every time I get out of the bath, I feel like every thing is getting better. Then I'd get dressed and it would get worse. Finally remembered the switch (we have used ERA for over 8 years, but wife wanted the simplicity of the pod). I found a pair of underwear in the BACK of the drawer from before...and feeling sooo much better. Just got back from the store and am headed upstairs to wash everything I own in ERA. :)

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  18. I'm so amazed by this blog. I woke up with hives on Monday morning. I haven't changed anything in my routine. I did do laundry on Sunday and purchased Tide with Febreeze from Family Dollar. I'm in such agony that I found this blog by googling "hives and Tide, Febreeze." Poison!!!! Never Again!

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  19. Thank you so much for your post. I to think I've become allergic to Tide. I've used Tide for many years but in the last month I've also broken into hives and itching. I first thought it was something like coffee and caffeine, since It would happen in the morning. But when I tracked back the time table I did notice it happened in bed with my sheets as well. THANK YOU for your post.

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  20. Thank you for this blog! I have been suffering since February 2012. The doctor was unable to determine what it was. However, I started using Tide pods just before then. I will no longer buy any Tide products.

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  21. thanks for this. i have always used TIDE and never had a problem, but decided to try PODS, because they looked like they'd be "simple." i thought i was having a reaction to a salve or prescription... only to find out it's the pods... red rash splotches all over my body. they were expensive little pods, and i hate to toss them out, but OUT THEY GO! TIDE should do something about this quickly. their reputation is going downhill fast!

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  22. thanks for posting, I have an allergy to bleach and i guess heavy or strong chemicals... one of my laundry loads got washed with tide pods of some kind and after a few days i have broken out into big itchy red bumps (usually i get hives) but these are different and in the night i apparently scratch and bleed... i just want to make sure this is from the tide pods and not anything else i am doing? I've stopped wearing clothes from that load but tiny bumps are appearing in the night. I'm hoping that is from me itching in the night and whatever chemicals that are still in my body are trying to flush out. Please let me know if I'm on the right track of thinking... Thank you... feel sorry for everyone else going through this

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  23. I got big red rashes all over my body. I used hig efficiency tide detergent. But I used it in a normal washing machine and not a high efficiency machine. So that is probably why the problem occurred.

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  24. OK after reading this Blog I now am pretty sure it is the Tide Pods that are causing rashes all over my body. I am switching back to All. I never have had any allergic reactions to detergents but I am miserable and cannot stop scratching. I have raised bumps all over. I too have tried steroid creams and Benedryl but they haven't helped. I hate to waste money and through them away but it is not worth suffering. Tide needs to reevaluate what they are putting in those pods.

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  25. I have been so miserable since using the Tide pods! I had a rash all over with the raised bumps, now my eyes wont stop itching! I have rewashed almost everything.. I will never buy Tide again!!!

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  26. I have always used Tide and never had any problems until recently. Over the past 6 weeks, I would notice I was really itchy in bed while trying to fall asleep, particularly my back. I just thought my skin was getting dry and flaky maybe because of the cold dry air. Then my roommates girlfriend flies in to see him from 600 miles away and visits for a week. Then my buddy drives her back home. On their drive back, she asks me in a facebook message if I am itchy? That they are itchy. I just blow it off wondering what they are talking about.
    Finally, in a phone conversation, my buddy says he has scratched himself raw. I say "Yeah", i've been itchy too. We trace it to the Tide detergent (she washed her clothes before leaving and was wearing the clean clothes on the drive back home).
    I will take this bottle of detergent back and hope they will allow me to switch out for a different formula. I prefer Tide still. It sounds like it's hit of miss on which formula will make a person itch.

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  27. So glad I read these posts.....my husband and I have been getting "bites" since Thansgiving. My 2 yr old has no "bites" we have has pests control people come out and they cant find any signs of bugs. We were pretty certain we had bedbugs or some kind of mite problem. We have been trying to determine what has changed in our household but we had ALOT of family that came to visit around that time and I brought my outdoor plants inside and we got all our Christmas decorations down from attic too. I have literally been losing my mind!! Just hit me today....we switched from liquid tide to those damn pods!

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    1. My 19 month old had the same reaction... And we traced them back to the beddings washed in Tide Pods and the Downy that my husband used on our carpet.

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  28. Not to vilify Tide, but they arent the only detergent that causes this. From my allergy experiences its been detergents with a strong scent and/or fabric softeneres (Bounce sheets for instance). I had switched to the Kirkland brand detergent (Costco sells it and maybe other places) which has a light scent but so far has not caused me any issues.

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  29. So glad I found this blog. I am staying in a home where the sheets are washed with Tide/Febreeze. I thought there were bedbugs in the bed because I have what look like insect bites all over my legs. Going to the doctor tomorrow to confirm it is an allergic reaction!

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  30. OMG SO GLAD I READ THIS BLOG!!!!since november i have been itching like crazy, my back, legs, and head. I thought it was bed bugs so I got bed bug spray and new bedding(very expensive), went to an allergin specialist(more money) which told me I was allergic to blue die, which didnt make sense because even when I didnt have jeans on I would still itch. It was so intense at night that I would only get an hour of sleep a night. I was miserable and would have to go work a 12 hour day off no sleep. I thought it was my new car because of my leather seats, thank goodness I did not sell it! I have used tide all my life so i never even suspected that it was the laundry detergent,but then again your body changes over time and you can become allergic to new things. we would switch off between tide orignal and tide clean breeze. THIS MUST BE IT!! my head must have itched like crazy because I wrap my hair in a towel that I washed in tide, and my whole body would itch because my clothes were washed in it and towels! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYONE THAT POSTED THIS INFO! the only thing is I do not get hives, sometimes red bumps, but mainly just intense itching! i hope this is the cause of all the damn itching!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  31. This is all too crazy!!! I have been using Tide Pods for months till one day!!! Red bumps, hives, not sleeping at night it's so itchy!!! eyes burning and never reacted to anything so bad!!! Had to rewash everything in white distilled vinegar and switch detergent. Thank you for every post it's been a really big help!!!

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  32. Misery loves company. Everything happened to me out of the blue as well. Never any problems with skin issues ever ever ever. Now I wish I had poison ivy instead. A tide rash is the worst because it hides itself in everything. My dogs have been suffering too. Medicines, doctors, and time.

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    1. what does your rash look like? Mine almost looks like my skin has dark red lines in it?

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    2. That's what I'm dealing with. Starts out small red blotch and gets bigger with a dark red to dark pink outline. Itches like crazy. Been to mult dr. apts, dermatologist, biopsy, no answers. (Can't even tell you the meds i've been on and the different things I was treated for! crazy) I have used TIDE for YEARS so I never imagined it was the detergent. However, I switched to natural detergent when all this happened as I removed all high chemical products from our home/diet. I just went back to Tide and I'm flaring up! I'm wondering if it's the TIDE!? I've e-mailed them.

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  33. Omg I think this may be it.. This stuff sucks

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  34. Does anyone have red bloches on their skin from this? Also how many times have you guys been rewashing your clothes?

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    1. Yes, I had red blotches, raised blotches, and red bumps all over. My feet felt like they were on fire every time I put on my socks and shoes.

      I had to rewash all of my clothes, sheets, shoes, socks, undergarments, and some furniture covers.

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    2. Washed everything, 1 time, with Ecos laundry detergent (sold at Costco) http://www.ecos.com/ecosliquid.html

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  36. have six year old granddaughter has red bumps all over body can stop the itch, took to emergency room and doctor says maybe food allergy but mom still thinks tide is only deteregent that cleans clothes and dryer sheets also add to freshness of clothes!! frustrated grandpa

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  37. Tried pods because the store was out of powder and the Same here, had noticed a burning on my eyelids and even woke up a bit swollen, then I noticed bumps starting up my inner arm.

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  38. Just used Tide Vivid for the first time. I washed my sheets and noticed that I have red blotches and tiny blisters over my arms from the shoulders down. That is the area that was in contact with my bedsheets so I think that it is the detergent that caused the condition. I too have used Tide products my entire adult life and never had an allergic reaction to any of the other Tide detergents.

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  39. Hives, tiny blister like bumps, very strong itching on stomach,chest and arms and been useing Tide Pods? Wife was useing liquid fragrance free Tide, no problems with that but these Pods something is terribly different with this soap/packaging.

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  40. Recently, my son broke out in raised welts all over his body from the shoulders down. He was itching like crazy! It finally went away after three days. It was terrible to see him like that and scary! We think it was the Arm & Hammer pods that I used. I usually use ERA, but switched because the store ran out and wanted to try pods. NEVER again will I use Arm & Hammer pods nor Tide after reading this entire blog. This is all VERY SCARY stuff! What the heck are they putting in the detergent? I'm sure we'll never know the truth! Big business, that's the problem.

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  41. Wow, I have been going through some rough stuff not knowing that the Tide that I have loved for years has caused me so sleepless nights. My I finally had to rule it to Tide Vivid. I love this detergent and have used it all of my life I'm over 40. But this has got to stop. As of today I will not buy anymore of it. I used another detergent and will try others that are better to the skin. I may go all natural whatever it takes. Tide of all products and the money this company makes can come up with a better product. We need to boycott them until they do. I'm really angry about this.

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  42. You should try ECOS All Natural Laundry Detergent . Problems solved.

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  43. I have also used Tide (for decades!) and now am finding that my clothes have enough chemical residue left in them that I not only have irritation but stains left by my sweat reacting with the Tide. I think I've bought my last bottle of Tide.

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  44. Thanks for all the comments I've used Tide my entire life also and even used one version of tide pods with no noticeable reaction. However, after using a different formula I have been losing my mind. It started on my left shin then a patch of bumps on my arm then my other leg of course I've been to the doctor 3 different times and am now on my second round of steroids wondering if his psoriasis diagnosis is wrong and I have a severe reaction to detergent. I did figure out this was a possibility and stopped using it a few weeks ago but may still have affected clothes that need to be rewashed.

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  45. But would like to know if everyone who was affected is now rash free? Because I am not! And want to hear what if anything else turned out to be the culprit

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  46. After switching from tide clean breeze to an all natural detergent, I've been rash free. For me, everything cleared up after two weeks. Best wishes

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  47. I find this very interesting. I've had trouble with Tide over the years. My mother uses the Tide Pods and I really think that's why I'm so sick now. They leak & the liquid spreads all over the inside of the bag, breaking more and making a gooey mess. I washed my clothing & hers with one of these that had remnants of another Pod stuck to it. By the time I woke up the next morning, I was so sick with a severe sinus infection and laryngitis, I could hardly function. Made it great flying home the next day! I'm still sick a week later, but better since we don't use that nasty stuff.

    I used to get the same skin reaction to regular Tide 30 years ago. I stopped using it. Do you happen to know if they put Febreeze in their formula? That stuff is positively lethal for me. It makes me incredibly sick.

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  48. So glad I've found everyone's comments. I started with horrible hives & itching Jan 2013. Doctor bills; Rx bills. Now scars on arms and legs. I've been using Tide all my life. They must have changed their formula. Got a new FL machine 1 1/2 yrs ago and switched to HE Tide then. Switched to Tide Free/Clear. Don't recall when, but could be about the time the hives started. Also used Tide Washing Machine Cleaner packets about the same time. Had a horrible bought of skin irritation, which finally went away after two courses of prednisone. Coming off the prednisone was horrible. Never want to take that med again. The rash came back 2-3 wks ago. I had used the washing machine cleaner again about that time. So, I'm guessing it's the Tide WM cleaner. Not taking chances though. I won't be using any Tide products anymore. I've emailed them today. Wonder what kind of response I'll get! I told them they should make a public apology and change their formula. If I get a decent answer from them I'll post it here. Not holding much hope for that. Ellen in MA

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  49. I always bought whatever detergent was on sale and never had a problem. One of my daughters roommates left behind a bottle of Tide SPort with Febreze. A few days later I noticed both insect-like bites on my legs and hands and a hive like rash around my waist. Ive been taking Benedril and slathering on the calamine. It must have been the Tide. Im going back to the cheap stuff.
    PS-All other family members are fine-husband & 2 daughters no ill effects at all-just me.:(

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  50. Febreze is horrible, I've been trying to figure out what was causing this horrible itch, and I was trying Tide with Febreze, what a nightmare! One of my workmates said their cat was killed by using Febreze on their sofa. Febreze is toxic to dogs/cats. I washed my dogs bedding in their crates with this stuff! So angry now, going home and wash everything!

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  51. Did you post any pics of your rash? Not to be gross, just wondering I'm dealing with the same.

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  52. The problem with Tide, Gain, Cheer, All, etc... is all the perfumes and dyes they use. Also, Tide contains a carcinogen in it called 1,4 Dioxane and Proctor & Gamble refused to remove it after being approached by a mom's group. It turns out that JUST recently (probably around January 2013), P&G agreed to drastically reduce the levels of 1,4 Dioxane in their products. However, they aren't going to completely remove it. Many of those over the counter detergents greatly contribute to a variety of skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, etc... A lot of people have also reported a host of allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems due to the harsh chemicals and synthetic scents (powered by Formaldehyde... Yup, embalming fluid!) that these products contain. For the past year I've been using a phenomenal brand that has made all the difference in me and my family's health and well being. Email me if you'd like more information about these products that are safer for you and your family and will give you more bang for your buck! natikajohnson@gmail.com

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  53. I developed an allergy to Tide about 10 years ago so I switched to the Tide Free. In the past six months I battled all sorts of rashes and despite everyone telling me "it must be your detergent" I was hesitant to believe it. Finally I went to a dermatologist who did patch testing and confirmed that I am reacting to the Tide Free. I have since switched to Nature Clean and voila! No rashes for an entire month now.

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  54. I have been using Tide Pods for over a year now. All of a sudden I am broken out in hives all over my legs and arms. I cannot figure out what is causing it because I havent changed anything recently. It broke out after a night I slept in my clean sheets washed with a Tide Pod and Downey. Hoping it is just the detergent. I have since switched to All free and clear.

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  55. get media on national level involved. P& G does not like negative publicity. Worked for them 40 years ago.

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  56. Thank you so much for posting this. I bought the Tide with febreeze last week. For the last 4 days I have been breaking out. Today was the worse day of all Large 4 inch welts from my butt down the back of my legs. I had some suspicious which were confirmed today. I was sitting on a freshly washed towel after getting out of the pool. Yea, you can imagine. I just called P & G to make them aware of this. Unbelievable. I do not have allergies and had never had a reaction like this before.

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  57. I started breaking out about 6 months ago. Large blister like welps. I have been to doctors, specialist and each one had a different idea of what it was. I was told I had shingles, hives, and maybe even Lupis. I just thought it was funny everytime I would break out so would my husband. Every time I broke out it was always in the same place. Each time I would break out the hives seemed to get worse each time. I even have scares on my arms and hands where I have scratched so much. I too have gone through the process of eliminating different items, and I even had allergy test (only with foods). We had a family gathering yesterday and my sister in law saw my arms and asked what happened. When I told her she said what kind of laundry detergent do you use. I told her Tide. She then told me to look it up but she can't use it because of the allergic reaction to it that her family had. Today is the first day of not using Tide, wish us luck.

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  58. Have been using Tide liquid detergent for a long time and never any problem. Switched to the PODS and after washing my clothes realized small red bumps. Thought nothing of it. After a week just brutal red blotches on my legs and arms, and terribly itchy. I'm not allergic to anything, but I threw the PODS away immediately and am never using them again. Take it from me, throw em out.

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  59. HI Tri,
    Thank you for providing this information. I have moved to USA a month back and I got hives for the first time in my life here. Earlier I was suspecting it to be food allergy but it was there even when I switched to home made simple food.I was fine first 20 days and I noticed that allergy started only after using the washer and dryer in my hotel. I am also using tide. After reading your blog , I really want to throw away tide and switch to some safe detergent. I still don't know the cause of allergy but if it's tide, I feel safe because it's in my hand. Thank you for this useful information.
    Do you suggest any good detergent?

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    1. Hi Neha,

      The detergent I use is called ECOS 100% Natural Detergent, which I purchase from Costco. They have scented and non scented versions.

      Hope you feel better!
      -Tri

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    2. Thanks Tri , I stopped using tide washed clothes and I am feeling better. I couldn't get the detergent u suggested so I bought Dropps. I read the review that it's scent free , dye free , enzyme free and good for sensitive skin. I have washed my clothes and bed sheet once but I still feel itchy after sleepy on my bed. How many washes are necessary to completely remove the detergent? Also, is it necessary to wash clothes that were just kept in touch with tide washed clothes but not actually washed using tide? Thank you for your help!!

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  60. I had the same problem a few months ago. I exercise a lot and normally wear fitting moist wick material. After moving back to North Carolina from Florida, my wife bought Tide detergent out of the blue. I had never had a problem before with any form of allergy, when all of a sudden I started breaking out. It initially occurred on the elastic band lines of all of my clothes and then started on my torso, only where my shirts were fitting. I went to my doctor and he prescribed me Prednisone and it relieved the itching and bumps almost immediately. Well, my simple mind didn't make the connection and we kept using Tide. The itching and bumps came back in full force. For 3 days I was unable to sleep and it itched so bad that it hurt. Finally, I made the connection and bought Arm & Hammer, which was our original detergent. And, of course, totally forgot about the itching; this week, I used Tide again and noticed the bumps returning around the elastic bands of my clothes. Note to self -----> DO NOT USE TIDE!!!!

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  61. Me and my Wife have used Tide all our lives but something has changed.She bought some w/frebreeze on sale the first part of this month, and since the 7th.I have had to go to the emergency room (on the 12th.) where I was told I had nuro dermitis.I was given a shot and pills to take (prednizone) which I faithfully took,the only result was that it arrested the situation.We switched to Tide Free and Gentle which seemed to help me long enough to get through my dermatologist appointment on the 23rd.(where I was told I had contact dermitis).I am goin to Wally World tomarrow and purchase the Nature Clean stuff I saw there,and PRAY real hard.I also am going to contact Procter and Gamble and thank them,because as of today I feel as though I'm being eaten alive,a little more each day.Like I said at the start,something has changed...

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  62. my 4 year old son broke out with hives all over his body. I thought, it was soy milk, toys were dirty, floor dusty, wheat..i was going crazy. Only part of his that did not break out were his private areas. BINGO! detergent. I normally use A&H but switch to tide b/c it was so cheap, now I know why its so cheap! btw, my baby 18 months has been coughing, might it be the tide? Thanks for this post, I now have a peace of mind. My 4 year old is wearing PJ washed in Biokleen and now rash free. But I do still smell a bit of Tide.

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  63. Started using Tide pods a couple weeks ago, and broke out with huge hives on my thighs, sides and neck. I also had lip swelling, in the morning, which I assume was the result of having my head on the pillowcase which was also washed in Tide pods. I also had a very scratchy throat and muscle aches. Bought All Free and clear. No more hives, coughing or muscle aches. I just hope I got all the clothes re-washed that have remnants of those nasty pods. They must be extremely concentrated to work so effectively. I would never suggest anyone use them.

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  64. I'm frustrated at the reformulation of detergents to exclude sodium tripolyphosphate. Old detergents did a great job of getting clothes clean, but so many of the new reformulated ones leave oil spots on my clothing. Tide Pods seem to do a great job of getting my clothes clean without multiple rewashes, but the Alpine Breeze formulation has caused me to break out in hives, bumps and scabs anywhere my clothing touches my body. It was so bad my doctor thought I had scabies and made me use permethrin cream (which -- surprise -- didn't fix the problem). I've been to a dermatologist three times over this.

    Nice to know I'm not alone, but I'm amazed that Tide is allowed to continue selling Tide Pods when it seems to cause contact dermatitis in so many consumers.

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  65. I'm with the rest of you on the hives. I was using spring meadow. As the rest, I tried body oil, creams, and even changed body soap. I finally changed back to the regular tide. and the itching has stopped. I don't know what they did to the pods, but it has set off a problem that many people have had to deal with. I always used tide before , so it has to be the pods.

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  66. I am sloooooow happy to read all of these post! I am not going nuts! First of all let me say I am so sorry for what each one of you went through. I too have never had an allergic reaction to detergents until hubby brought home Tide ColdWater...I have been suffering with insane itching, patches of red bumps all over my arms and upper thighs since the beginning of February! I have been to the dermatologist, he presc me meds for hives but even tho its not as bad its still very itchy and I still have patches here and there of red bumps, some hives and blister type bumps. I am so frustrated and wish tbis would go away! I have been using all free and clear but I think the residue from the tide is still in my clothes... I really wish I could sue the pants off of tide for the pain and suffering their product is causing. Im glad to know im not alone. I hope you all get well soon!.

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  67. I had itching , swelling, leg tightness...etc. and tried picking my brain for answers. In my late 50's my body began to react to Tide( I think it was Clean Breeze) although I had used Tide for most of my life.
    A few years later I began to get an allergic reaction again but I knew that I no longer washed with Tide. Over the next few days my allergic reaction worsened and I thought maybe I developed an allergy to something else that I had been using all my life. I finally figured it out. I had changed my bed sheets and replaced them with a pair of sheets that had been in the linen closet for years. They must have been washed in Tide. Once I removed the sheets.... the swelling quickly began to disappear.

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  68. Arm & Hammer liquid [Clean Sensations Sun-kissed flowers] has made me break out for the first time in my life (almost 40). Hands fingers forearms legs feet ankles waist upper torso. I also think the water where I live has something to do with it too. Need to get a good antihistamine soon (groans)

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