Synthetic Fabrics and Allergies

By A Reis | 1 Comment »

The type of textile fibres used in clothing can be a cause of allergic dermatitis. This is an inflammation of the skin, ranging from simple localised redness and itchiness to more serious skin lesions. Usually starts in the first years of life, with many babies experiencing sensitive skin. Here we review current knowledge about this allergy and provide suggestions for potential treatments. Continue reading…

Is It Skin Irritation or Allergy to Detergent and Laundry Soap?

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Nowadays, people have become so wary of a skin irritation known as Allergic Contact Dermatitis (ACD). Clinically speaking, the Mayo Clinic defines contact dermatitis as a condition wherein there is skin inflammation which manifests as rashes. These rashes result when your skin comes in contact with substances that cause either skin irritation or allergic reaction. Continue reading…

Skin Care for Sensitive Skin

By Heather Legg | 2 Comments »

The average person uses about seven skin care products per day. That is a lot, and if you are the low side, think about the people that are bringing the numbers up to seven! I know I use a cleanser in the morning, a moisturizer, sunscreen and a different cleanser and moisturizer at night. That’s five and doesn’t count the actual make up I use or what I use if I am having problems with my skin. Continue reading…

Latex Allergy and Its Relation to Oral Allergy Syndrome and Food Allergies

By Heather Legg | 1 Comment »

If you are getting ready to go in and have surgery, be ready for a barrage of questions from a slew of doctors, especially anesthesiologists. One thing they’re really looking for is any allergy to latex. The interesting thing is they won’t just ask about latex and band aids; they also want to know about any food allergies, especially bananas, avocados, kiwis and chestnuts. Continue reading…

Allergic Reactions to Stings

By Heather Legg | No Comments »

Bees and wasps are really bad this time of year. In fact, a friend’s son and husband just had an encounter with a nest of angry bees. The boy was getting stung and his dad helped him, getting stung himself. The result was one for the boy and three for the dad. However, the dad was stung on the hand which proceeded to swell. Continue reading…

Probiotics and a Few More Tips for Eczema

By Heather Legg | No Comments »

One of our reader’s recently wrote in mentioning taking probiotics for treating eczema. Though I’ve known of the benefits of probiotics, especially when taking antibiotics, I did not know how beneficial they were for treating eczema. Thank you for this information! Continue reading…

Yellow Jackets

By Heather Legg | 1 Comment »

This weekend, I noticed a lot of yellow jackets around. It’s that time of the year, and here they are. For those with allergies to yellow jackets, it is a scary time. I remember way back when to when I was in elementary school. It was just this time of year and I was on the playground. Goldenrod was blooming, and I went to take a closer look and had my first bee sting. My mom was nervous as she is allergic to bees, but I was fine, just had to recover from the sting itself. A bee sting for someone with an allergy however, can be life threatening and cause a trip to the hospital. Continue reading…

Sun Allergy

By Heather Legg | 2 Comments »

We all know that too much sun can cause long term permanent damage, from wrinkles to skin cancer. But what about the short term negative effects? We just returned from a week at the beach, and though I have a lovely bronze to my skin, I also have a nasty rash in certain spots. I’m wondering if it isn’t a sun allergy. Continue reading…

Gold Allergy?

By Heather Legg | 14 Comments »

I’m always finding new and weird allergies that someone has, whether it’s someone in my family, my friends, or myself. Me – I don’t just have the normal allergies like ragweed or pollen, I have things like wine and scallop combination reactions or an allergy to gold. Continue reading…

Eczema Around The Eyes

By Heather Legg | 1 Comment »

Just when I think I have it all under control, something throws a bump in the road at me. Isn’t that a metaphor of life, though, and we just figure it out and go over it – hoping the road stays smooth for at least a little while?

Well, in this allergy/skin case, it’s eczema. Every winter we struggle with it and I was so proud we’ve seem to have it together this year. I’ve been lotioning my girls, the humidifiers are up and running, no one’s complaining of itchy skin or waking up in the night scratching. Continue reading…

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