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Big toe so itchy in using a hard bristle bottle brush to itch it!!!! It woke me up from sleep itching, started about 6 and has some numbness at the ti?

Big toe so itchy in using a hard bristle bottle brush to itch it!!!! It woke me up from sleep itching, started about 6 and has some numbness at the ti?

Pruritus, fungus: Fungi, called dermatophytes, often inhabit the upper skin layers, like the stratum corneum , more often on the feet than the hands. BLISTERS a.re the singularly most important sign of fungus. You might ask your doctor to check a KOH for fungus. ...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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Tongue is white but I can brush some off and it comes right back..looks like its more from my sputum? I have been taking allergy pills daily lately.

Tongue is white but I can brush some off and it comes right back..looks like its more from my sputum? I have been taking allergy pills daily lately.

White tongue: could be due thrush or yeast, a common disorder. Ask your provider to check for yeast eg, Candida. There are very effective treatments such as Nystatin or Mycelex (clotrimazole). However, there has to be an accurate diagnosis. Get well. ...Read more

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My daughter (4yrs old) has bad breath, brushes everyday 2-3times and flosses, no cavities. Why and what can be done? Could it be from allergies?

My daughter (4yrs old) has bad breath, brushes everyday 2-3times and flosses, no cavities. Why and what can be done? Could it be from allergies?

Tonsils: Yes. Her bad breath may be caused by allergies that produce post-nasal drip. She may also have enlarged tonsils that trap bacteria in our mouths or food particles. I would visit your pediatrician and question whether a consultation with an ENT would be a good idea. I think that it would! ...Read more

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How serious can nut and salmon allergies be? If I have these foods and then brush my teeth, is it possible for me to kiss a guy with these allergies?

How serious can nut and salmon allergies be? If I have these foods and then brush my teeth, is it possible for me to kiss a guy with these allergies?

Food allergies: Some people are extremely sensitive and even being in the same room with these foods can trigger allergic reactions. Talk to,the guy and ask how sensitive he is. But for the most part it would be safe to refrain from eating these food when you are with him. ...Read more

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How can I prevent nose and eye allergies if there is a brush fire burning nearby?

How can I prevent nose and eye allergies if there is a brush fire burning nearby?

Leave area: To protect your nose and lungs you need to buy a type of mask called a respirator. You can get this special kind of mask that looks like a bug at a place that is like Lowes or Home Depot. A regular mask will not protect. You should get the kind of goggles that people use when they are working around chemical fumes also available at places already mentioned. The only safe thing to do is leave the area particularly if you have problems with your long or with your heart. ...Read more

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Can my nickel/silver allergy be the cause of my gums swelling around my braces, despite how often I brush my teeth/floss?

Can my nickel/silver allergy be the cause of my gums swelling around my braces, despite how often I brush my teeth/floss?

SS Band allergy?: It's more likely physical irritation and plaque accumulation although some individual may have a soft tissue reaction to foreign materials such as stainless steel bands. This should be discussed with your Orthodontist who can determine what's going on in your particular case and make suggestions and\or modifications if necessary. ...Read more

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I have burning/itching in both inner corners of eyes under eye also feels like brush burn. Nothing visable. Have been using prescription allergy/steroid drop?

I have burning/itching in both inner corners of eyes under eye also feels like brush burn.  Nothing visable.  Have  been using prescription allergy/steroid drop?

Exam needed: An eye exam is needed to determine the nature of the problem. It's usually unwise to use any steroid containing eye drops unless prescribed by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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My baby has a latex allergy to the bottle nipples, what to do?

My baby has a latex allergy to the bottle nipples, what to do?

See an allergist: You should bring your child to see a local allergist to confirm the diagnosis or just need to get a non-latex bottle nipples. Dermatitis around the mouth and face can be misinterpreted as bottle nipple allergy. ...Read more