Latex Allergy: A Rising Concern 0
A concert in Australia last year almost took a life when an audience member’s latex allergy was suddenly triggered.
British award-winning singer Adele held a concert in Adelaide, Australia last year and during one of her song numbers a barrage of balloons were released on the audience.
What was supposed to be a moment of levity quickly turned into an ugly and almost fatal incident when one audience member who has a severe latex allergy exhibited symptoms of her condition.
Dr. Pooja Newman who was attending the concert suddenly felt her lips starting to swell.
Soon she was finding it hard to breathe and since she knew the severity of her condition she administered an epinephrine shot, with the assistance of her sister who was also with her, to herself.
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.
Most Common Types of Allergies Part 2 0
Here is the continuation of our list for the "Most Common Types of Allergies":
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.
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 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 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.
Most Common Types of Allergies Part 1 0
Allergies are overreactions of the human immune system in certain individuals to generally harmless substances in the environment. Allergic reactions varies in severity -- from immediate reactions which are mostly manageable and can be prevented to anaphylactic shocks which is life threatening. Organs that are most frequently affected by allergic reactions are the skin and mucous membrane.
Here are the most common types of allergies:
Food allergies occur when the body has adverse reactions to certain foods. It can develop as early in the childhood years but can also appear at any age. Some even develop an allergy to foods that they have eaten for years with no problems and suddenly there’s an adverse reaction to it.
Some food can cause anaphylaxis to some individuals which is life-threatening. Hence it is best to immediately consult a physician once you develop an unusual reaction to some food.
There are eight types of food that accounts for about 90 percent of allergic reactions. These includes: Eggs, Milk, Peanuts, Nuts/Grains, Fish, Shellfish, Wheat, and Soy.
Skin allergies are commonly manifested by rashes, bumps, itching, redness and other skin conditions. Their causes may not be easily detectable as they can be related to various allergens, but the symptoms are mostly easily manageable.
Two of the most common skin rashes are eczema and hives, both of which are associated to allergies. Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema, and is very common in children.
Contact dermatitis is the reaction when the skin comes in contact with an irritant or an allergen, it is manifested by rashes, blisters, itchiness and burning sensation.
Pets are very common in the households, with cats and dogs as the two most common pets. However, our pets shed off material that can trigger allergic reactions. Common allergens shed by pets in the house include saliva, fur, dead skin, urine and sebum.
Insect Sting Allergy
Insect stings are immediately associated with a painful, swelling and redness bump caused by the sting. However, allergic reactions are pretty common too. It has been estimated that potentially life-threatening allergic reactions to insect venom occur in 0.4 percent to 0.8 percent of children and 3 percent of adults.
Most common insect stings that can cause allergic reactions: Honeybees, hornets, wasps, yellow jackets, and fire ants.
Insect sting allergy symptoms can range from local sting site reactions to severe anaphylaxis.
Dust allergies are commonly experienced at home, especially when cleaning as dust particles are stirred and easily inhaled. Dust allergy symptoms include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest. It may also trigger symptoms of asthma.
Check out the rest of the list here: Most Common Types of Allergies Part 2
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!
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Breathe Easy with Cottonique’s Allergy-Free Bras 0
A lot of problems associated with bras can be fixed simply by getting fitted for the right size. When it comes to rashes, itching, and other symptoms of skin allergies, however, it’s more a matter of material. Cottonique’s 100% cotton bras are exactly what the doctor’s ordered, especially if you’re among the many women who are allergic to their bras.
Wait – I Can Be Allergic to My Bra?
It’s not exactly the bra you might be allergic to, but what’s in it: latex. The latex found in the elastic bands and straps of conventional bras contain allergens that irritate sensitive skin, resulting in a slew of possible reactions that range from annoying to downright distressing.
Common symptoms of a latex allergy include itching, swelling, and the drying of skin. Dry skin can start of flake off and red rashes can develop. Allergies can get so bad that you could develop a serious case of eczema, which might cause your skin to crack or bleed. There’s also a chance that the allergy could lead to a case of psoriasis, which can sometimes result in pustules that break out on your skin.
That Sounds Horrible! How Do I Prevent Allergies?
You can avoid allergic reactions by keeping your skin free from irritants. That might be a little tough to pull off when you’re allergic to your underwear, but Cottonique’s got you covered where it counts. Our 100% organic cotton bras contain zero latex, zero rubber, and zero harmful chemicals, making each bra a welcome hypoallergenic piece of heaven.
Cottonique bras go the extra mile in being allergy-free, making sure no textile dyes and resins become part of the manufacturing process. There’s no metal to irritate your skin, either – just hypoallergenic plastic clasps and sliders for designs that use them. Even the tags used on Cottonique’s bras are allergy-free. Nothing synthetic is in the fabric; the only thing that touches your skin is pure organic cotton.
What About Support?
The most important feature of any bra is support, and Cottonique offers a wide variety of designs to help you get the right kind. Our pullover and front closure bras use a special rubber-free elastic for maximum support without irritating your skin.
The drawstring and other adjustable designs, on the other hand, provide an adequate amount of lift and support without the need for any sort of elastic.
Each latex-free bra is manufactured with durability and comfort in mind, giving you a soft, breathable bra you can wear for ages. The fit and fabric work together to give you the support you require, without using spandex or other rubber-based elastics. Cottonique bras can be used for everyday activities as well as high-intensity workouts, all without losing their shape and form.
Cottonique bras are a breath of fresh air for anyone suffering from skin allergies. If you’re tired of feeling itchy in your bra area after a long day, switching to our 100% organic cotton bras will give you the peace of mind you deserve.