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Siblings and Sensitivities: Caring for Siblings of Kids with Eczema 0

When your child has atopic dermatitis or eczema, because of his or her young age, extra care is required to keep the symptoms at bay. Bathing, moisturizing and application of medications all take a significant amount of time and attention, which may have their siblings jealous of the extra care they’re receiving. If chronic itching is causing sleep loss not just for the child but the whole family, it can lead to crankiness, causing additional strain in the family.

Avoid These Skin-Care Mistakes This Winter 0

Winter is the worst time for your skin. The cold climate coupled with freezing winds can dry your skin until it breaks and if you’re one of the many people living with eczema or suffering from Multiple Chemical Sensitivities then your skin is at greater risk during wintertime.

Unfortunately, we have a few bad habits that we think won’t affect our skin but in reality these things can make our skin worse. Read on and see what you’ve been doing wrong.

Allergies and Aging: Will it Get Worse as We Age? 0

Allergies and aging can be related, because we have less control over our organ symptoms as we age. The good news is as we celebrate more birthdays, our seasonal allergies become less severe. The bad news though, is that this isn’t the case for everyone, and those who belong to the exceptions tends to get worse as we mature.

Dealing With Itchy Skin During Pregnancy 0

Pregnancy can bring about many unusual symptoms and your skin is not immune to the hormonal changes you’re experiencing. Your clothes make it worse by constantly rubbing against those itchy patches and you can barely concentrate on anything because you’re trying to resist the urge to scratch. Fortunately, and most of the time, itching is normal and harmless and will subside after you give birth. But here are some tips that could help you get relief.



Here’s How to Manage Your Eczema at Work 0

Living with eczema can be such a pain sometimes. You’re always itching and your skin often features rashes, hives and even open wounds that can really freak some people out. It’s especially cumbersome when you have to work in an office and your eczema tends to show its worst on your hands. But rather than quitting your job and opting to work from home there are remedies you can take to manage your eczema while you work at your desk.

How pH Level Affects the Skin 0

pH or "potential hydrogen,” is the measurement of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution on a scale from 0 to 14, with 1 being the most acidic to 14 being the most alkaline, and 7 representing neutrality. Determining the pH level of a certain product is important, because it influences several factors contributing to the skin's overall health.

7 Ways to Manage your Eczema this Winter 0

When people think about allergies they often think about spring when the pollen count is high enough that you’ll be sneezing enough and developing severe rashes, which will keep you from getting out of the house. But wintertime is also a season worth noting if you have allergies especially if its eczema because this is the time when your condition could easily flare up and keep you bedridden while your neighbours are skiing at the local ski resort.

So if you want to enjoy the snow and chilly air of winter follow these seven tips to make sure that your eczema won’t flare up.

Working with Latex Allergy: Latex Allergies Shouldn’t Keep You from Doing Your Job 0

At the risk of stating the obvious, holding down a nine-to-five job is every bit a necessity for most people. Sure there are some people who have the luxury of being eternally wealthy due to a large inheritance. There are also those who have the good fortune of hitting it big due to one monumentally lucrative idea (here’s looking at you Mark Zuckerberg).

Should you Wear Underwear to Bed (or Not)? 1

Most people don’t think that buying the right underwear is as important as wearing them. Especially when it’s time to go to bed most people don’t think that they should have to put some effort into choosing which underwear to put on because to them it doesn’t really matter.

New Moms' Skin Problems and How to Deal with It 0

Becoming a mother is great because you get to welcome a new life into the world; however, the changes it brings to a woman’s body can be difficult at times. One particular change involves the skin. When you become pregnant your skin becomes much more sensitive and can easily be irritated.

Help! My Allergies are flaring, what should I do? 0


Nobody likes it when allergies flare up – clogged and runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, you name it. No matter how one tries to minimize allergic reactions, we are practically surrounded by allergens that are seemingly harmless but can possibly trigger allergy symptoms. Here are things that you can do when your allergies flare up:

  

  • Rinse your sinuses with saline solution. This is a quick and effective way to relieve nasal congestion. By rinsing your nasal passages, it flushes out allergens and mucus. Nasal sprays are easily available in most pharmacies.
  • Try Over-the-Counter medication. There are various OTC medications that you can take to help ease allergy flare-ups. There are oral antihistamines that can relieve common allergy symptoms such as itching, sneezing, runny nose, and watery eyes. Oral decongestants are available for relief from nasal stuffiness. However, nasal decongestants are not for long-term use as it can cause rebound congestion. There are also combination medications that pair up an antihistamine with a decongestant. You can consult your pharmacist about over-the-counter medications.
  • Apply a cold compress. Applying a cold compress to your eyes and skin can alleviate itchiness.
  • Wash it away. Taking a shower and a clean change of clothes will help wash away allergens such as pollen and dander that may be stuck on you.
  • Keep your hands clean. Remember to wash your hands often as this reduces allergens and decreases contact with possible triggers. 

 

When quick remedies don't suffice, it is best to see your doctor for better guidance on allergy management.

Most Common Types of Allergies Part 2 0

 

Here is the continuation of our list for the "Most Common Types of Allergies":

 

Eye

Eye allergies develop when an allergen makes contact with antibodies in the eyes and causes common allergic symptoms such as itchiness, red and watery eyes, and inflammation and can impair vision in serious cases.

 

Drug

Some drugs can also trigger allergic reactions regardless of its form. Penicillin is the cause of most allergic drug symptoms. However, drug-induced allergic reactions may be a one-time allergic reaction only. It is always best to consult your doctor when taking drugs and to make sure that it does not have any adverse reactions when taken with other drugs.

 

Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic Rhinitis is commonly known as hay fever and is caused by allergic sensitivities to mostly air-borne allergens. It can be a) Seasonal AR, wherein it occurs during spring, summer and early fall (which are pollen seasons) and is caused by airborne mold spores or pollens dispersed from grass, trees and weeds; b) Perennial AR, wherein allergic rhinitis symptoms are experienced year-round, and is generally caused by molds, dust mites, pet hair or dander, or insects.

Symptoms of Allergic rhinitis include: runny nose, itchy eyes, mouth or skin, constant sneezing, stuffy nose, and fatigue.

 

Latex Allergy

Latex allergy symptoms usually develops from many previous exposure to latex products including medical gloves, balloons, and other dental supplies. Latex can also be found in clothing, especially in underwear as elastics.

Common symptoms of latex allergy includes hives and itchiness as it comes in direct contact with skin. Other symptoms are stuffy or runny nose, wheezing, chest tightness, and difficulty in breathing. These symptoms can occur immediate to exposure, however, direct contact is not necessarily needed to trigger a reaction as anaphylaxis and asthmatic reactions can be caused by exposure to airborne particles of latex gloves powder.