Can contact dermatitis trigger allergic rhinitis?

Patient

Q: I have contact dermatitis to fragrance mix 8% and Balsam of Peru. I have eliminated all my products (soaps, body lotions, etc.) with these ingredients. However, I have been (and am still) experiencing sneezing, itching mouth and ears and sore throat for the last few months. Could it be that my contact dermatitis has triggered allergic rhinitis?

Symptoms:  Sneezing, itching mouth and ears, sore throat
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