Polyethylene glycol (PEG) is a type of polyether polyol used in various medical and cosmetic products as a thickening, solubilizing, or moisturizing agent. Allergic reactions to PEG can occur in some people and can range from mild to severe.

Common symptoms of a PEG allergy include:

  • Skin reactions: itching, hives, redness, and swelling
  • Respiratory symptoms: shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms: abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting
  • Other symptoms: headache, fatigue, and dizziness

If you suspect you have a PEG allergy, it is important to speak with a doctor or allergist for proper diagnosis and treatment. In some cases, skin or blood tests may be needed to confirm the allergy.

There is limited scientific evidence to support the use of natural remedies for PEG allergies. However, some people with drug sensitivities may find relief from symptoms by trying natural anti-inflammatory remedies such as ginger and turmeric. It is important to note that not all natural remedies are safe for everyone, so it is best to speak with a doctor or allergist before trying any natural treatments.

The most effective way to manage a PEG allergy is to avoid products that contain PEG. If you are using a product that contains PEG and are experiencing symptoms, stop using the product immediately and speak with a doctor or allergist. In severe cases, an epinephrine auto-injector (such as an EpiPen) may be prescribed to carry with you in case of accidental exposure and to treat severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis).