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How to Jazz Up Your Organic Cotton Clothes 0

Organic cotton clothes are good for people with extremely sensitive skin because the fabric is very soft. The people who make these clothes do not use harsh chemicals in manufacturing it.

Histamine: The Good and the Bad 0

Histamine is one of five biogenic amine neurotransmitters, namely; dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, serotonin and histamine. To put it simply it is the body’s first response to allergy – a reaction that triggers skin disorders.

Histamine is made throughout the bodies tissues, especially in the GI track, skin and lungs and is produced by the immune system as an inflammatory response, hence the signal the body uses like potential allergy reactions. When stressed, or worse, when our immune system is down, histamine is released that leads to allergy reactions. Although stress alone doesn’t actually cause allergies, it can make an allergic reaction such as rashes and reddening of the skin.

House Cleaning Tips to Keep Allergies at Bay 0

We list some tips to help you keep your house clean while keeping your allergies under control:

• Vacuum with a HEPA-filtered vacuum cleaner

HEPA stands for high-efficiency particulate air. This type of filter works by forcing air through a fine mesh that traps harmful particles such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, etc.

• Declutter your home

Extra boxes and decoration act as wonderful vantage point for dust, mites, and roaches and you don’t want those in your home.

 

Another Good Reason to Go with Organic Cotton 0

Since the advent of organic cotton so many reports have attested to the benefits of purchasing this fabric. Not only is it safe to people’s skin but it is also lauded by environmentalists because of how environmentally safe this material is. Experts have said that textile companies are contributing regularly to the pollution of our oceans all because the fabric they use has micro-plastics in them that often end up in our seas and oceans.

 

5 Benefits of Wearing Skin-friendly Clothing 3

Many are prone to skin allergies and although there are various reasons why people suffer from such conditions; one of the noted culprits are the clothes we wear. Unfortunately, not all are too concerned with the materials of their clothes but are more inclined to think of what’s fashionable or trendy. For those who are susceptible to skin allergies, it is more important to be cautious when it comes to picking out your everyday clothes.

There are numerous benefits associated with wearing clothing that is skin or even eco-friendly. In fact, there is now a growing number of people who choose to wear sustainable clothing. With this in mind, several clothing companies are also empowered to design and produce clothing that are not just fashionable but also skin and environment friendly.

 

Skin-Friendly Clothing Materials

Before we list such benefits, here are some clothing materials which can be considered as skin-friendly:

The most popular materials used in organic or hypoallergenic clothing include cotton, soy, hemp, silk, wool and bamboo. Cotton is the most prominent material and a more preferred material around the world mainly because of its versatility. Sadly, traditional cotton farming is deemed as dangerous because of its dependence on the use of insecticides and pesticides. With this in mind, cotton farmers are encouraged to comply with strict guidelines and limitations when it comes to pesticides and insecticides usage. Fortunately, organic cotton is widely available and provides the softest, luxurious and breathable clothing to the skin.

Clothing made of soy materials are best for swimsuits since they are UV resistant as well as moisture absorbent. Soy clothing is also biodegradable which causes minimal impact to nature. Hemp on the other hand is also an ideal choice for clothing materials since it does not require the use of herbicides. It is naturally resistant to insects, pests and even fungus. Clothing made from silk is considered as luxurious and smooth. Organic silk is the best from this variety since it is created without the use of any harsh chemicals. Organic wool on the other hand is derived from sheep that are not exposed to pesticides or chemicals while bamboo is starting to become popular and used for trendy garments.

A stand out from this group of hypoallergenic clothing material is natural cotton. While any type of cotton can still be considered natural since it’s a plant, certain processes expose cotton to chemicals. These include fertilizers and insect sprays during farming, defoliants to improve the fiber and dyes to color them. So to differentiate a different variety which is completely devoid of any chemical, they are referred to as organic cotton and can be well be the most natural type of all cotton fibers.

 

Benefits of Skin-Friendly Clothing

Now, on the five benefits of wearing skin-friendly clothing: 

Best for Sensitive Skin

Hypo allergenic clothing is perfect for people who often suffer from skin conditions. This is also true for infants who have thinner and more porous skin than adults. A person who often experiences skin rashes or any other skin conditions must choose the right materials for their clothes. In many cases, the cause for certain skin irritants can be blamed in materials used for clothes. So always check labels and conduct your own research regarding in addition to physician’s advice.

Clothes will Last Longer

Clothes made from organic materials can last longer and will not break down easily even after several washes. Conventional clothing materials go through a lot of process such as bleaching, dying and scouring just to name a few which can definitely affect their overall quality. Consumers are certainly save a lot of money when their clothes last a lot longer since there won’t be a need to replace them ever so often.

Less Toxic Chemicals

Pesticides such as Propargite and cyanide are commonly used in conventional clothing materials. These dangerous and of course toxic substances can cause not just skin problems but other serious medical conditions. Luckily, clothing that is made up of organic materials is free from toxins which is definitely good not only for your skin but also for the environment.

Less Allergen

Pesticides, herbicides and all the other toxic chemicals can certainly cause skin irritations and other dermatological problems. Clothes that are made of hypoallergenic fibers or materials are free from any form of pollutants or chemicals which means that it is skin friendly. Even the process used to prepare the material can become a problem. For example, regular cotton shirt can be the cause of skin issues because of the process on how the cloth is produced.

Comfortability

One of the best things about wearing hypoallergenic or organic clothing is the comfort that it brings, most especially cotton. This type of material easily stretches and is soft to touch which can be very soothing for someone who may have skin rashes. Cotton fabric is also a good absorbent which is very appropriate for people who have acquired skin problems because of sweat.

How to Solve Skin Allergy Problems 2

Skin conditions like bumps, itchiness, rashes, and redness are very common and they may be symptoms of allergy. With the help of allergy tests, your doctor can identify if such reactions are indeed caused by allergens.

Eczema and hives are two of the most common skin rashes.

Atopic dermatitis (Eczema) is the most common skin condition, especially in children. Atopic dermatitis exhibits dry, red, irritated, and itchy skin.

Hives (urticaria), on the other hand, are red bumps or welts caused by inflammation of the skin. Hives are acute if it lasts for less than six weeks, and chronic if beyond.

Allergic contact dermatitis occurs when the skin comes in contact directly with an irritant or allergen. Symptoms can include rashes, blisters, itching, and burning.

Latex allergy is from repeated exposure to latex products such as medical gloves, elastics, or balloons. Latex allergy exhibits symptoms such as hives, itchiness, and runny nose.

However, these skin allergy symptoms can be solved and managed with the help of your allergist.

Here are some ways to solve and manage skin allergy problems:

  • Avoid contact with what’s triggering your symptoms.
  • Use moisturizers and topical corticosteroids creams or ointments to reduce inflammation
  • Use antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor for bacterial skin infections
  • Take oral antihistamines to relieve itchiness
  • A cold compress or a cool shower can mitigate rashes. Moisturize afterwards for better relief.
  • Applying Colloidal oatmeal can calm inflamed skin. However, some people may have sensitivities to oatmeal so it is best to consult your doctor before doing this.
  • Avoid wearing tight clothing. It is also highly recommended to wear hypoallergenic apparel for better comfort. In some severe cases, damp dressing may also be employed.
  • Avoid clothing and accessories with latex component. 
  • For severe cases, Phototherapy may be a treatment option.

 

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! 

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.

How to Prevent Fall Season Allergies? 0

 

As fall season rolls in, it can also mean new allergy triggers are at bay. Amidst the reds, yellows, and oranges that dominates the Autumn months, Ragweed allergies are at its peak as it is the biggest allergy trigger during fall season.

Ragweed usually produces pollen during August to October and dispersed in the wind, causing allergic reactions. Most people who are allergic to spring plants are also allergic to ragweed, and foods like bananas, melon, and zucchini can also cause allergic symptoms to ragweed-sensitive individuals. Mold is another suspect to fall allergies as humidity increases.

 

What are the common symptoms of fall allergies?

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Runny Nose
  • Watery Eyes
  • Itchiness around the eyes and nose

 

How can I prevent it?

  • Carry a face mask around. It will be highly useful on windy days as well as when raking leaves outside.
  • Keep your windows closed at home and use a dehumidifier.
  • Try drying your clothes with a dryer instead of airing them outside as it can gather pollens this way.
  • Brush off pollen from your body by taking a shower frequently.
  • Remove decaying and deposited leaves on your yard and gutters as they can be home to molds and pollen.
  • Clean your heating vents and filters before turning them on.
  • Stay indoors when pollen is at peak, which is usually during late morning or midday. Check pollen counts in your area to be guided.

 

If you are not sure if you allergic to these common fall triggers, it is best to visit your doctor or allergist for a skin test to identify which allergens trigger your symptoms.

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

This might be caused by allergic contact dermatitis. Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the eyelids is the allergic inflammation from contact with allergens. The eyelid is one of the most sensitive areas of the body and is particularly thin as compared to facial skin thus making it more susceptible to allergens.

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!

 

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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
  • Herpes
  • 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)
  • Soreness
  • 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