Organic Products: Go or No? 0
Organic skin care products and items are very popular now, and they can be seen and bought online and from physical stores. However, there is still an ongoing debate whether going organic is really safer or not. Here, we list some of the reasons why you should consider using organic products.
Allergen-free Gift Guide For The Holiday Season 0
It’s the season of giving! And picking out gifts for family and friends with allergies and skin sensitivities can pose a challenge but fret not, we are here to help you!
Here are some gifts you would want to avoid:
- Scented Items – Most people with common allergies are sensitive to smells. Any product that is odor-packed like scented candles, perfume, lotions, oils, and bath products can be a cause of an allergy outbreak. Go for unscented products and make sure that they are hypoallergenic.
- Cosmetics – Cosmetics are common holiday gifts but they may also contain ingredients that activate the allergies. However, there are various organic and hypoallergenic options that are available in the market that you can purchase instead.
- Flowers/Plants – Flowers and potted plants may be pretty, but they can also present harm to some who are allergic to pollen.
- Edibles/Food – As much as you would love to spread the cheer with edibles, make sure your friend doesn't have food allergies before spreading these holiday delectables. Chocolates, dairy, nuts, and cheese are the most common edibles that people react to. Try to opt for allergen-free and organic treats if they are available.
- Clothing – For those with skin sensitivities and allergies, gifting clothing or wearables might not be the best way to go. Latex allergy is pretty common and most apparel, especially those with waistbands, contains latex. This may trigger allergic reactions and may be risky to your giftee. For this, you may opt to go for 100% organic cotton apparel and accessories that Cottonique offers. Our allergy-friendly products will surely bring a smile on their faces and comfort for the holidays.
Buying a gift for your allergic friends and loved ones doesn't need to be a daunting task. It will just require some extra thought and effort to the find the perfect present that they will truly appreciate. Happy gift giving!
Cottonique Supports "Latex Allergy Awareness Week" 0
October 4 to 10 is Latex Allergy Awareness Week as announced by The American Latex Allergy Association and revolves on the theme “Latex Can Be Everywhere.” Avoidance, Prevention, Awareness, Education, and Vigilance are given focused as these are the keys to living with latex allergy.
We at Cottonique supports this advocacy as we are forerunners when it comes to an allergy-free lifestyle. We provide products that are made from natural and chemical-free 100% combed cotton material that is dedicated to serving health and environmentally-conscious consumers.
Our research and development team is focused on combining natural material with innovative technology to develop allergy-free products with unique design concepts. Our elasticized products are fully latex-free and spandex-free, perfect for our consumers who are sensitive to latex.
We also support allergy prevention, awareness, and education hence we provide useful information via our blog to spread further understanding the nature of allergies and how to begin an “allergy-free” living.
Here are some useful articles that you can check out for your “allergy-free” journey:
- Most Common Type of Allergies Part 1 and Part 2
- Why Wear Organic?
- Three Common Clothing Chemicals You should Avoid (If You’re Allergic!)
- How Do I Know if I’m Allergic to Latex?
Indoor Allergens and How to Manage Them 0
Whatever the season may be, allergies are just around the corner. And with the cold season beginning to set-in, everyone will be spending more time indoors, “winter allergies” will start to break out due to indoor allergens. Allergen-sensitive individuals will be more exposed to indoor allergens such as dust mites, pets, and mold.
Dust is found all homes and is a breeding ground for dust mites. Dust Mites are common triggers for indoor allergies, and even though they are prevalent almost anywhere, they are mostly common in humid areas of the household and where human dander collects. Same goes for molds as they thrive in humid areas like basements and bathrooms. Spores from molds can trigger allergies on some people too. Pets can shed dander and hair that can cause allergies to some individuals too.
Here are some tips that you can employ to reduce indoor allergens:
- Keep your Rugs and Carpets Clean. Regularly have them cleaned to reduce deposited allergens on them. Replace rugs often and keep them dry to prevent growth of mites and molds.
- Use a Dehumidifier. Lower the amount of humidity in your homes but using a dehumidifier in damp areas.
- Keep your Beddings Clean. Wash bedding regularly to prevent dust mite deposits. You can aerate it to keep it fresh and dry. There are also allergen-proof mattress and pillow covers that you can use to prevent allergens from your bed.
- Consider an Air Cleaner. Air Purifiers are useful in keeping pet danders at bay and it also help control other indoor allergens especially during winter months.
- Keep your House Clean from Molds. Use home cleaners and diluted bleach solutions to keep areas clean from molds especially countertops and humid areas.
Be Itch-Free on the Road: Tips for those Traveling with Allergies 0
Don’t let your allergies take the fun out of your adventures! Whether you’re going on a road trip or an overseas vacation, you don’t have to pack the itch in your luggage with you.
Here are some tips to keep your allergies in the bag:
- Research the pollen count at your destination. You can do it so by checking http://www.allergynursing.com/climate/pollen.html
- Pack all your meds and keep extra medication handy for quick allergy relief. If traveling by plane, pack your medications in their original containers and properly labelled. Keep a saline nasal spray handy to keep nasal passages moist while on air.
- Pack comfortable clothing. It is best to opt for light, hypoallergenic, 100% organic cotton clothes and intimates to keep you itch-free while on the road.
- Hotel rooms can harbour lots of allergens and if you’re easily allergic, consider taking with you your personal dust-free pillowcase. Or inquire beforehand with your hotel if they are offering asthma- and allergy-friendly rooms or hypoallergenic beddings.
- When traveling by car, check your car vents beforehand and turn on the air conditioner at least 10 minutes before getting in to aerate the dust mites and molds in the upholstery.
- On dining, be extra cautious if you have food allergies. Pack some light snacks that you can nibble on in the event that there is limited or no other options available. Inform your host or server beforehand for any allergies.
- Be careful with treats and delicacies as they may have ingredients that you can be allergic to, always read the label or inquire about the ingredients. If heading to an international destination, research the local cuisine and have a handy card with you with a translated list of your allergies. This is especially useful when the language barrier is present.
- Have a handy EpiPen with you if you are known to have severe allergies with food.
- Identify beforehand clinics and hospitals nearby your destination where you can go get immediate treatment in the event of an unmanageable allergic attack.
- Always consult your doctor on prior to leaving for what’s the best approach on your allergy management. And lastly, enjoy your trip to the fullest!
Help! My eyelids are dry, swollen and itchy! 0
The common causes of eyelid allergic reactions are preservatives in eye products and makeup, contact lens solutions, airborne allergens and other substances (such as nail polish) that our eye gets exposed to from rubbing it with our hands.
Symptoms of eyelid allergic contact dermatitis include dry, inflamed, wrinkled and swollen eyelids, redness, blister development, itchiness and burning sensation.
How to treat eyelid dermatitis:
Identify the cause and avoid the allergens. This is the foremost step as prevention is always better than cure. With the help of your doctor, identify what causes your allergic reactions and try your best to avoid it.
Keep your hands clean at all times and it is highly recommended to use non-irritating cleansers on the face and never forget to remove ones make-up before heading to bed; and opt for hypoallergenic face products as much as possible.
If itchiness persists, your doctor may prescribe a cortisone ointment to alleviate the itch. The use of hypoallergenic eye mask during sleep to avoid you from scratching it is highly recommended. Cottonique’s newest truly hypoallergenic 100% Cotton eye mask is perfect for the job and it will ensure a great night’s sleep and completely itch-free!
The Facts on Vulvitis: What, Who and How 2
What is Vulvitis?
Vulvitis is the inflammation of the vulva or the soft folds of skin on the external female genitalia. It is not a condition or a disease which is a common misconception; it is but a symptom that results from various causes such as an infection, allergic reaction, injuries, and other irritants.
Who can get Vulvitis?
Women of any age can be affected by vulvitis. Young girls who have not yet reached puberty are at possible risk due to inadequate hormone levels and post-menopausal women may be at higher risk of getting vulvitis because of lower estrogen levels and thinner vulvar tissues.
Susceptibility of the vulva to the irritation is due to its moist and nature. Stress and poor hygiene and nutrition can increase susceptibility to vulvitis.
What can cause Vulvitis?
Vulvitis can be caused by one or more of the following:
- Use of dyed or scented toilet paper
- Allergic reaction to bubble bath or soap used to clean the genital area
- Use of vaginal sprays or douches
- Irritation by chlorinated swimming pool or hot tub water
- Allergic reaction to spermicide
- Allergic reaction to sanitary napkins
- Wearing synthetic underwear or nylon pantyhose without a breathable cotton crotch
- Wearing a wet bathing suit for extended periods of time
- Bike or horseback riding
- Fungal or bacterial infections including scabies or pubic lice
- Skin conditions such as eczema or dermatitis
What are the symptoms of Vulvitis?
- Extreme and constant itching
- Redness and/or burning sensation in the vulvar area
- Vaginal discharge
- Small cracks or blisters on the skin of the vulva
- Redness and swelling on the vulva and labia (lips of the vagina)
- Scaly appearance
- Thick or whitish patches
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is best to immediately consult your healthcare provider as these symptoms may also suggest other genital diseases or disorders.
How is Vulvitis treated?
The first treatment is intervention, immediately stop using any product that can cause the irritation. Wear loose-fitting garments and ensure breathable cotton undergarments.
Doctors may also prescribe cortisone treatment to reduce the irritation and itching.
How to prevent Vulvitis?
- As the saying goes, “Prevention is better than cure,” women can take several actions to prevent vulvitis. These include the following:
- Use only gentle and unscented cleaning products on the genital area. Avoid the use of vaginal douches and other fragranced feminine products.
- Thoroughly dry the genitals after bathing.
- Wear breathable, loose-fitting cotton undergarments can also help prevent vulvitis. Cottonique offers 100% Natural Organic cotton garments that is completely chemical-free and suitable in preventing any skin irritation.
- Immediately change into dry clothing soon after swimming and exercising.
Source - http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases_conditions/hic-vulvitis
What to Wear For Those With Eczema-Sensitive Skin? 2
Eczema is a skin condition that affects both adult and children. It is very important to pick comfortable and suitable clothing that will not trigger or worsen the itching that comes with Eczema. Loose-fitting clothes made from natural cotton with flexible seams and labels purposefully placed at non-sensitive areas are highly recommended. Picking the right clothes will not only avoid the symptoms of eczema, particularly the itching, but will also provide the wearer utmost comfort so they can fully carry out their tasks and enjoy their everyday activities.
What are the things to consider in picking up clothes for those with sensitive skin?
- Go for 100% Natural Cotton Material. Fabric choice can greatly make the difference in choosing the right clothes to wear – 100% natural cotton is the best option as it breathe-easy and will not irritate the skin. Natural cotton is both latex-free and spandex-free so it is perfect to use for those with sensitive skin. Woollen fabrics are to be avoided as its stiff fibres are irritable to the skin; same goes for fabrics made of stretchy material as they may contain spandex which can be an irritant.
- Look for Irritation-Free Labels. Typical labels stitched on the seams are irritable even for those unaffected by Eczema. Look for garments with irritation-free labels either sewn inside or into side seams; those with labelling information printed directly on the fabric is also recommended.
- Pick Clothes with Soft Seams. Stiff or uncovered seams can easily cause irritation to an eczema-prone skin. Pick clothes that have soft and flexible seams for maximum comfort.
These three are the top factors in choosing the suitable clothes for your everyday comfort. Other tips include: Choose clothes with very minimal embellishments as mesh fabric, adhesives and patches can also trigger itchiness; ensure necklines have generous openings easy movement and comfort, and be careful with garments with elastics which is the stretchy material mostly found on armbands, waistbands and cuffs of products, ensure that they are of hypoallergenic material or wound up in a natural cotton lining.
Here at Cottonique, we highly value comfort and we have taken these factors with great consideration so we can provide allergy-free garments to benefit our customers that have dermatological concerns like Eczema and various skin sensitivities.
So what are you waiting for? Take better care of your skin and grab a Cottonique wear today!
Can Bananas Actually Trigger a Latex Allergy? 2
Latex allergy reactions usually break out after your skin comes into contact with the substance. In fact, for many people, it’s become synonymous with contact dermatitis, or the kind of allergic reaction that causes rashes and itching to occur on skin that’s been exposed directly to latex. This is why individuals with these allergies avoid touching items that are made with latex, such as balloons and surgical gloves. It’s also why they wear latex-free organic cotton clothing, like what we offer here at Cottonique. The most important guideline there is to living with latex allergies is simply “Don’t touch it.”
So why should people suffering from a latex allergy think twice about eating bananas?
Bananas belong to a group of fruits and vegetables known to be cross-reactive with latex allergies. What this means is that patient who are allergic to latex may suffer either similar or more serious reactions if they ingest these foods. The condition is often referred to as latex-food or latex-fruit syndrome, and the reason this happens is remarkable.
Latex-fruit food items have been found to contain proteins that are similar – but not exactly the same – in structure to latex. This leads to the human immune system’s antibodies mistaking proteins for the compound, even though they technically aren’t. As a result, the antibodies react in the same way, creating swelling and irritation at the area of contact. This can actually be a little more serious than contact dermatitis because the swelling might occur in your throat, limiting your air supply.
Latex-fruit syndrome is believed to be rather prevalent in patients with latex allergies. Some experts find that close to 70 percent of latex-allergic people will experience an allergic reaction to one latex-fruit, while 50 percent will suffer reactions from more than one of these foods. It’s because of this that it would be a good idea to watch what you eat, if you have a latex allergy.
The main culprits for latex-fruit syndrome are bananas, avocados, chestnuts, and kiwis. Some people can also get allergic reactions from apples, celery, tomatoes, papaya, carrots, and melons, although it doesn’t happen as often with these foods as it does with the first four we mentioned. If you’ve been diagnosed with latex allergies, it might be a good idea to get an allergy test for latex-fruits, too.
Remember, prevention is always the best cure, and it can only come from awareness.
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