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I am not sure if I have an allergy to my husbands body wash he just started using or the latex condoms? Red circle like on my vagina and discharge.

I am not sure if I have an allergy to my husbands body wash he just started using or the latex condoms? Red circle like on my vagina and discharge.

Many possibilities: Both possibilities you mentioned should be evaluated and it is common to have irritant or allergic reactions to body washes, latex and spermicidal lubricants (commonly on condoms) but your physician will also want to make sure you don't have an infection. In rarer cases women can have allergic reactions to male seminal fluids -- some might possibly be getting onto you during intercourse. ...Read more

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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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I have an allergy to sulfur. Would this allergy mean I am allergic to sodium laureth sulfate found in body wash?

I have an allergy to sulfur. Would this allergy mean I am allergic to sodium laureth sulfate found in body wash?

Can you clarify: Can you please clarify your allergy. Sulfur is a molecule, sulfate is made up of sulfur and oxygen molecules, thus it is a different compound. Also, sulfa antibiotics such as sulfamethoxyzole can cause an allergic reaction in some people, and thus these people need to avoid sulfa based antibiotics, and not necessarily sulfur, or sulfate. ...Read more

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I have oral allergy syndrome and can't eat nuts but used a body wash with walnut shell in it. Will I get symptoms?

I have oral allergy syndrome and can't eat nuts but used a body wash with walnut shell in it. Will I get symptoms?

Oral allergy syndrom: Oral allergy syndrome are local symptoms on contact with certain food due to cross reactivities of those to environmental allergens. It usually does not cause life threatening events like in real food allergies. You can test it on a small area on your skin before applying it to the whole body to gaze how much symptoms you get. ...Read more

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I may hav an allergy to sulfates (after x'ing eggs, rashes bettr but not gone). Cant find body wash & shamp that's sulfate free and gluten-free. Ideas?

I may hav an allergy to sulfates (after x'ing eggs, rashes bettr but not gone). Cant find body wash & shamp that's sulfate free and gluten-free. Ideas?

Don't bother.: There are lots of sulfate-free shampoos (read the label). There are gluten-free shampoos too, but that is unnecessary. Unless you are drinking your shampoo for some reason, there is no way that shampooing your hair can cause a gluten enteropathy in your bowel. The "gluten-free" hype is really getting out of hand. Gluten is quite safe for all but a small number of gluten-sensitive people. ...Read more

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Coconut allergy (IgE blood test +).Had trouble breathing after using shampoo & body wash. Is this just random asthma symptom or could it be allergy?

Coconut allergy (IgE blood test +).Had trouble breathing after using shampoo & body wash. Is this just random asthma symptom or could it be allergy?

If you used a: Product with coconut oil in it, that could be an allergy. There also could be a reaction to tree nuts in someone with a coconut allergy. So look at the ingredients of the products you are using carefully. If you're not sure about something, you can ask your allergist/primary care doctor. ...Read more

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What can untreated allergies do to your body?

What can untreated allergies do to your body?

Usually Nothing: Allergies to airborne particles cause multiple symptoms which are frustrating but usually won't cause long-term issues. Occasionally untreated allergies are associated with chronic infections (like sinusitis), asthma, and eczema. Rarely, untreated allergies can cause scarring in the nose and sinuses that may require surgery to relieve. ...Read more

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How long does an allergy pill stay in your body?

How long does an allergy pill stay in your body?

Depends: Multiple factors influence the duration of a medication in the body. Firstly, some medications are "short-acting" while others are "long-acting". Then, different bodies process medications faster than others. Finally, conditions which can affect removal (e.g. Kidney diseases) can cause a delay in elimination of the medication and therefore lingering effects. Typically 4-6h, 12h or 24h. ...Read more

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What may happen in the body that triggers late onset allergies?

What may happen in the body that triggers late onset allergies?

More symptoms: Many allergic reactions are biphasic meaning that immediate symptoms that resolve after a few hours are followed 6-10 hours later by the reappearance of symptoms without additional exposure to the allergic trigger. The symptoms are the same but may be more intense & last longer in the late phase. Prompt early treatment with topical corticosteroids usually prevent late onset symptoms. ...Read more

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Does allergies causes reduction in body size? If yes what should I do?

Does allergies causes reduction in body size? If yes what should I do?

No: In growing children large doses of Prednisone used control your allergies or asthma may affect adult height. For inhaled steroids used for asthma control this rarely is the case in clinical practice. When it does adult height may be reduced by about 1 centimeter. If this is not the question you wish answered please consult your primary care health provider. ...Read more

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How can the body become accustomed to allergy meds before the allergy itself?

Probably not true: The concept being asked to called "tachyphylaxis" where by repeated use of a medicine results in the med being less and less useful. This has never been clearly demonstrated for allergy meds. Probably what is happening when an allergy med is "not working" is that it is the wrong med for the symptoms or patient is develop more symptoms that require different treatment. ...Read more

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I am getting pricking sensation in my body. Is it allergy or.... How can I cure it.

I am getting pricking sensation in my body. Is it allergy or.... How can I cure it.

Dry skin?: Dry skin may cause this type of sensation. Try avoiding scented soap and then apply a medium-thickness moisturizer within 3 minutes after bathing. If this does not help after a week or so, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Every time I eat garlic I have a bad reaction in my body!? How could I have this allergy?

Every time I eat garlic I have a bad reaction in my body!? How could I have this allergy?

Garlic: You do not specifiy the type of the reaction you develop, so I am not sure if I would classify it as an allergy, can you be more specific? ...Read more

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What causes cat or dog allergies in the body despite the general allergy, what causes it??

What causes cat or dog allergies in the body despite the general allergy, what causes it??

Gene & environment: When one is genetically predisposed to develop allergy, exposure to potential allergens often leads to allergic sensitization be the agent be pollen, animal, molds, mites, or pets. ...Read more

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Can exercising vogoriously while suffering from allergy symptoms make the symptoms worse? Or will it help the body to settle faster?

Can exercising vogoriously while suffering from allergy symptoms make the symptoms worse? Or will it help the body to settle faster?

Depends on symptoms: Not a good idea as you could make some allergic symptoms worse such as asthma. You need to see your physician to have a clear diagnosis and treat the allergies ...Read more

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What should I use to wash my clothes if I have allergies?

What should I use to wash my clothes if I have allergies?

Detergent: If you have sensitive skin, you can use free and clear detergents. If you are simply asking about allergies to dust mite/pollen and washing it off, you should wash in whatever detergent you choose, but hot water, which will break down and get rid of the allergenic proteins. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of milk allergies inside your body?

What are the symptoms of milk allergies inside your body?

A variety!: Depending on the patient, cow milk allergy symptoms can include:itchy mouth/throat, facial &/or airway swelling, difficulty breathing or talking, cough, wheeze, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea (can be bloody), poor weight gain or even weight loss in kids, flushing, hives, eye redness, itch, &/or swelling, runny, itchy, &/or stuffy nose, sneezing, abdominal pain, feeling of impending doom and even shock or cardiac arrest! ...Read more

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How long will claratin last in the body to help with allergies?

24 hours or less: Claritin, and its generic form - Loratadine - generally lasts about 17 hours. Thus, taking it in the morning (which is safe to do as it is non-drowsy) should get you through the majority of the day. If it does not, talk to your doctor about adding a topical nasal steroid spray. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could I use body butter if I have a nut allergy?

Please tell me, could I use body butter if I have a nut allergy?

You might: Hot pressed oil contains insignificant amount of nut proteins. In nut allergy, you are allergic to the protein of that particular nut. You get reaction to the nut by eating it, not through the skin in general. If the body lotion that you want to use does not have the oil from the nut that you are allergic to, you should be fine. If it does, the risk is really low. See a local allergist for details ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I could use body butter if I have a nut allergy?

You might: Hot pressed oil contains insignificant amount of nut proteins. In nut allergy, you are allergic to the protein of that particular nut. You get reaction to the nut by eating it, not through the skin in general. If the body lotion that you want to use does not have the oil from the nut that you are allergic to, you should be fine. If it does, the risk is really low. See a local allergist for details ...Read more

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I have continuous itching throughout my body. Could this be related to my allergies?

I have continuous itching throughout my body. Could this be related to my allergies?

Absolutely: Skin is the largest organ in your body. It is often the first organ to manifest an allergy. ...Read more

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Hi! I am feeling problem of allergy all over my body, mainly itching. Help me. Thanks?

Try antihistamines: If the itch persists despite trying any of the antihistamines such as diphenhydramine, loratadine, fexofenadine, ceterizine, than consider seeing a physician to further evaluate the cause. ...Read more

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Why is that some of us have cherry allergies? What's in them that our body can't take it.?

Why is that some of us have cherry allergies? What's in them that our body can't take it.?

Reaction to fruit?: Food intolerance is common, variable, and individual and may even include such innocuous ingestants as water. Reference: elaine shimberg, "relief from ibs". However, with specific reference to cherries, there is a low potential for sensitization through skin contact with the juice of the fruit or the volatile oil. ...Read more

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In summer season my body have little rashs and iching on them what I used for this allergy?

Allergies: I would recommend seeing an allergist to determine exactly what you are allergic to and then focus on treatment based on those findings. You can try some over the counter Hydrocortisone cream for now. ...Read more

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Is the chemical histamine released from allergies the same as histamine released in the body?

Is the chemical histamine released from allergies the same as histamine released in the body?

Yes: Histamine is released from cells in the body that are associated classically with allergic reactions. ...Read more

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My whole body has been itchy for a couple months now. I have no allergies. What could cause this?

My whole body has been itchy for a couple months now. I have no allergies. What could cause this?

See below.: It's possible that you have dry skin, in which case using hypoallergenic skin cleanser and frequent hypoallergenic lotion applications should help. If this doesn't, please see your doctor soon for evaluation, because there's a long list of conditions that can cause generalized itching, and some of them need specific testing and treatment. Feel better! ...Read more

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I have itching in my entire body last 5 days, don't know why. Can't figure out any allergy. Pls advise?

I have itching in my entire body last 5 days, don't know why. Can't figure out any allergy. Pls advise?

Itching: Itching without rash can be from several causes, such as medications, supplements, infections and other rare disorders, you need to be evaluated by a doctor. Dry skin and a history of seasonal allergies can also make you itch. ...Read more

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If I tough out my allergies to my dog for long enough will my body eventually get used to it (like with allergy shots)?

If I tough out my allergies to my dog for long enough will my body eventually get used to it (like with allergy shots)?

Allergy shots: Do help. But., first get evaluated and discuss this with your allergist to find out if you are truly allergic to dogs. You could have other issues and be sensitive to other stuff, too. ...Read more

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Sometimes I get itching sensation on may body and my body gets some popups in those are. Some say that is due to allergy. Please tell me what is it?

Sometimes I get itching sensation on may body and my body gets some popups in those are. Some say that is due to allergy. Please tell me what is it?

Dry skin?: Dry skin may show up this way and the condition is called keratosis pilaris. Consider applying a moisturizer all over immediately after bathing and perhaps 12 hrs after that +/- bathing. If this does not help after 2 weeks. See dermatologist ...Read more

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I have allergies where there are lumps all over my body and after time these lumps increase in area until they form a uniform layer. What is causing it?

See below: These are symptoms that require a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after obtaining this informstion, can he/she adequately diagnose and treat you. ...Read more

Washing (Definition)

As soon as possible after being exposed to poison oak or poison ivy, washing the skin and clothes well can help reduce exposure to the offending oil and the ...Read more