How to Style with Organic Cotton Clothes

How to Style with Organic Cotton Clothes

Dressing with style is one thing, but having the mindset to be confident about what you wear is another.  Look stylish and feel empowered with organic cotton clothes with these 5 simple style tips.
4 Types of Allergy Tests You Should Know

4 Types of Allergy Tests You Should Know

This January, start the year right by discovering the roots of your physical discomfort and frustrations by taking any of these 4 allergy tests.
5 New Year's Resolutions for People with Skin Allergies

5 New Year's Resolutions for People with Skin Allergies

While people busy themselves to accomplish their New Year's resolutions, people with skin allergies should also use this opportunity to celebrate what worked and modify what didn't in managing their allergies.
January 06, 2021 — Nathan Mariano
6 Gift Ideas to Share Comfort with Your Loved Ones this New Year

6 Gift Ideas to Share Comfort with Your Loved Ones this New Year

Gifts, aside from representing thoughtfulness and affection, are also one way to celebrate occasions, especially the new year.
4 Reasons to Start the New Year with Hope and Optimism

4 Reasons to Start the New Year with Hope and Optimism

For some who had a rough year, mustering positive thoughts could be difficult since just beyond the horizon lies another year of uncertainties. We could, however, still try to create a better future by turning our frustrations into aspirations. 
December 21, 2020 — Nathan Mariano
Tags: awareness tips
Understanding Thiuram Allergy

Understanding Thiuram Allergy

Mostly used as accelerators in the vulcanization of rubber processes and fungicides on seeds and plants, thiurams are allergens capable of wreaking havoc on people with sensitive skin. 

November 26, 2020 — Nathan Mariano
3 Different Ways Lupus Affects the Skin

3 Different Ways Lupus Affects the Skin

While nothing can substitute an effective treatment agreed by both the patient and the patient, certain health habits may still contribute to relieving the effects of lupus to the skin.

November 24, 2020 — Nathan Mariano
MICROPLASTICS: Invisible but everywhere

MICROPLASTICS: Invisible but everywhere

With the prevalence of single-use items, from grocery bags, bottled waters, and household materials, our use of plastic seems to be unavoidable. But while we consider plastics as an inevitable part of our everyday consumption, we might be doing more than just using them.

November 19, 2020 — Nathan Mariano
Tags: awareness tips
6 Myths People With Hidradenitis Suppurativa Want You to Drop

6 Myths People With Hidradenitis Suppurativa Want You to Drop

The best approach to treating HS lies with a proper patient-dermatologist relationship, combined with medical remedies. But a more informed and supportive public thinking about its impact could also contribute to alleviating the discomfort and frustration of those who deal with its symptoms.

November 18, 2020 — Nathan Mariano
6 Useful Tips to Successful Breastfeeding for Nursing Moms

6 Useful Tips to Successful Breastfeeding for Nursing Moms

Some mothers develop contact dermatitis in their breasts during the early weeks of breastfeeding as their bodies adapt to frequent contact with a baby’s mouth. Oftentimes, women use pumping bras that can be detrimental to their skin without them knowing. But these hardships do not necessarily mean a mother has to stop breastfeeding.

8 Remarks You Might Not Realize Are Offensive To People With Eczema

8 Remarks You Might Not Realize Are Offensive To People With Eczema

People with eczema also have feelings too! Skin allergies, like eczema and psoriasis, are often associated with stigma. That's why we need to make them feel more included, embrace their condition with compassion, and tell them that their symptoms don't bother us at all.

September 06, 2020 — Nathan Mariano

Can Bananas Actually Trigger a Latex Allergy?

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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April 28, 2015 — Admin Cottonique