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Allergy To Fabric
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
How would a patch test distinguish between a latex allergy and other clothing or fabric allergies?
Reaction to allergen: Patch testing is designed to help identify a potential allergic skin reaction to common suspected allergens. The allergens are applied to the back and covered. 48 hrs later the patches are removed and any reaction noted. A 2nd reading is then performed 24-48hrs later. The intensity and duration of the reaction helps identify positive reactions. ...Read more
Healthtap doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific products or product lines. ...Read more
Unscented Products: Anything unscented would work well. There are a number of products on the market. Downy Free and Sensitive, Attitude Baby Fabric Softener, Martha Stewart Clean, Snuggle Free Clear. Most are labels Free and Clear or Free and Sensitive. ...Read more
?: Not sure if I understand your question well, if you meant using a fabric softener on clothes while washing, the putting on those clothes, would that cause allergies? If that was your question, well it may cause contact allergy but not after months, only few days, if at all, but if you meant direct contact of skin with the fabric softener you might have an immediate reaction or a late one, days only ...Read more
Usually later: Allergies can be either immediate or appear later. For chemical exposures like detergents and softeners, the daily exposure on clothes can build and the allergy appear after months of using it. The body gets sensitized over time. ...Read more
Is it possible to be allergic to polyester fabric? Could my severe OCD be making me think I am allergic or is this a real allergy? Please help.
Polyester allergy is: Possible.....an allergist can do a simple, painless patch test (www. Truetest. Com).....but depending on your symptoms it may be negative and then it is possible for anyone (not just if you have ocd) to believe you sre allergic to something but really aren't.....the allergist should be able to easily sort this out for you. Good luck ...Read more
First get tested: Fabric softener is a rather complex substance. There can be a number of things in it that can cause a contact dermatitis. I would suggest you see an allergist or dermatologist for patch testing to see if the particular chemical in your fabric softener can be identified. ...Read more
I have severe allergies I sleep w/ my dogs, is there a type Fabric/comforter that is less likely to gather dust and hair from Dogs?
Anyone allergic to: Dog dander & saliva improves most by avoiding dogs, less by keeping dogs outside & least by barring dogs from the bedroom. Clean the house as instructed by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America: aafa. Org/display. Cfm? Id=9&sub=18&cont=236. Discuss immunotherapy treatment with your Allergist/Immunologist. Hypoallergenic covers for bedding won't solve the problem, but are fairly easy to clean. ...Read more
What kind of medicine best for dust allergies? Now a days am going out by covered my nose and mouth with cotton cloth and feeling better. Please sugg.
Is my headache, watering- sometimes hurting left eye. From the change in weather? Allergies? It's bit better after a shower or hot cloth on my face.
My daughters bottom eye lids are blood red on the inside. She has been having bad allergies for the past few weeks. She also has been getting gunk build up in her eyes but not very bad and when that happens I clean it out with a warm wash cloth. She hasn
This is one of 3 things, allergic conjunctivitis, bacterial conjunctivitis, or viral conjunctivitis. All three can have similar findings to what you describe in your daughter.
Allergies tend to last for weeks at a time if untreated and usually feature itching and white-ish mucous. Cool compresses and artificial tears can help, but often a prescription eyedrop is needed.
Bacterial conjunctivitis is more commonly seen in only one eye, but can be in both. Eyes tend to be red, with greenish discharge. Usually this will resolve within 5 days without treatment, more quickly if antibiotic drops are used.
Viral conjunctivitis tends to affect both eyes, and there are usually complaints of cold symptoms or sore throat. Treatment is for symptoms only, the virus has to 'run its course'. Cool compresses and tears plus other over the counter drops may give relief. The main goal in these patients is to try not to give it to the rest of the family, since it is very contagious.
An ophthalmologist can usually see differences and help you sort out the problem and the proper treatment. Find a local eye doctor to examine her! ...Read more
Contact Derm: Different chemicals can cause irritant or allergic contact dermatatis. ...Read more
Allergy: Is an exaggerated immunological reaction (sneezing, difficulty breathing, itching, skin rash) to substances (pollen, animal dander), situations or physical states that do not produce similar effects in most people. It can also be defined as altered bodily reactivity to an antigen when a person is first exposed, such as to bee venom, that is so severe that a second sting may be fatal. Hope this helps ...Read more
See detail: Allergies are caused when a person makes an allergic antibody known as immunoglobulin e against a protein. This protein can be a food, pollen, mold, or medication. Allergic reactions can cause itching, swelling, redness in eyes, nasal passages, skin, GI tract, and in the lungs. ...Read more
An allergy is an abnormal, incorrect reaction of the immune system against substances we are exposed to in our environment. This includes environmental exposures, foods, drugs, etc.
Allergies must be differentiated from other reactions not mediated specifically through the immune system including irritants, intolerance, etc. In general, allergy involves the respiratory tract, skin, or GI system. ...Read more
Immune reaction: Your immune system normally makes igg antibodies that recognize foreign proteins. In patients with allergy, the immune system switches to making a ige antibodies for certain proteins. The ige antibodies act as a detector of the specific protein that they are made to react with and trigger the allergic response when they come in contact with that protein. ...Read more
Yes.: Yes, we do see allergies in families. Your risk of allergies increases if one parent has allergies, and is even higher if both parents suffer from allergies. Interestingly, we are seeing that exposure to allergens may also play a part in the development of allergies in children. Rural areas, with high levels of plant and animal allergens, actually have lower levels of allergic disease in kids. ...Read more
Allergen Extracts: Allergy shots contain extracts of common inhalant substances (dust mite, cat, dog, mold, pollen, etc) that are called allergens. The extract should be prepared under the direct supervision of a board-ceritifed allergist who has specialized training in allergy & immunology. Allergy shots do not contain serum. ...Read more
Allergy to nuts: A nut allergy is an allergic, meaning IgE-based immunological response to foods commonly called nuts, which include peanuts (really legumes), tree nuts like almonds, pecans, walnuts, macadamias, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, pistachios, as well as sometimes seeds like sunflower "nuts". Symptoms include itching, hives, swelling, throat closing, flushing, asthma, shock and rarely, death. ...Read more
Is a strict sense no: Allergies do travel in families but the genetics and heritability of allergies is very complex. With two allergic parents, it is a 50/50 chance that a child would be allergic. What is passed on is the ability to be allergic not a specific allergy or a specific manifestation of allergy. ...Read more
Yes: Allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots) is effective for most people and is the only "disease modifying" treatment available. In general about 30% of patients have great response, 30% have good response, 30% have a fair response and unfortunately 10% don't respond. There is no way to predict how good the response will be. It's excellent and safe therapy in the right hands (an allergist). ...Read more
Yes: Somewhere between 2-5% of children will have a milk allergy. Many but not all will outgrow that allergy as they get older. By adulthood only 0.1-0.5% of people will have an allergy. However, milk intolerance (lactose intolerance) is extremely common in adults. While not a "true" allergy, it can cause gas and diarrhea when milk is drunk. This happens in 25% of caucasians and 90% of asians. ...Read more
Moderate RAST result: Dr. Shulan is correct: type 3 immune reactions involve igg & antigen. "class 3 allergy" may also refer to rast, a blood test for detecting ige against antigen. For convenience labs define from 5 to 7 levels. Class 2 is often borderline & class 3 low positive. But positive is positive. There is little significant difference between class 3 & class 6. Photo: dr & dr ishizaka, discoverers of ige. ...Read more
Somewhat: Latex allergy is estimated to affect about 5-10% of the general population; the people most at risk of becoming sensitized to latex include patients requiring multiple medical procedures (such as children with spina bifida or people with urinary tract abnormalities), rubber industry workers, and health care professionals. Symptoms range from contact reactions to full-blown anaphylaxis. ...Read more
Much more than U ask:
There are 4 different types of medication allergy and also there are side effect reactions. Type 1- allergic type. Hives, itching, sneezing, wheezing and shock are different forms of this allergy. Type 2-complement related angioedema, swelling type 3 is immune complexes. That is clumps of antibodies with the drug which clog small capilaries in kidneys, joints, skin
type 4 is cell-contact dernatiti. ...Read more
Allergy shots: Allergy injections or immunotherapy is utilized for respiratory allergic conditions that are chronic or significantly problematic that do not respond to or require chronic medication, treatment causes side effects, or is multi system in nature. Increasing amounts and concentrations of the particular antigens are administered into the skin inducing a different or blocking immune response. ...Read more
Fatal allergies: Food and stinging insect allergies can be fatal because they trigger an immune cascade of events in the body that leads to anaphylaxis. This will make someone's throat swell and their blood pressure to drop and if not assisted may be lethal. Seasonal and environmental allergies are not life threatening. ...Read more
Codeine reactions: Codeine and other opiate medications trigger the direct release of histamine and other mediators from mast cells and basophils leading to itching and hives. This is an adverse reaction but not a specific immune reactions. Other medications that do this include Aspirin and contrast dye used in radiology. ...Read more