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Doctor insights on: Can People Be Allergic To Wool Or Just Itch From It

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Can people be allergic to wool or just itch from it?

Can people be allergic to wool or just itch from it?

Allergy: The answer is yes to both questions. Some persons find wool irritating when worn next to the skin surface even if not allergic to it. Wool is specially irritating to people who have eczema. ...Read more

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Itching (Definition)

Itches are a clinical finding in which a person's skin has a sensation of non-painful irritation ...Read more


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If someone is allergic to benzocaine could they be allergic to all chemicals that starts with benz?

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If someone is allergic to benzocaine could they be allergic to all chemicals that starts with benz?

Benzocaine: Benzocaine is a local anesthetic commonly used as a topical pain reliever. Just because you have allergy to benzocaine, it doesn't mean you have allergy to other local anesthetics. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a skin irritation or skin allergy to down feathers?

Is it possible to have a skin irritation or skin allergy to down feathers?

Feather allergy: Like many allergies, common symptoms of feather allergies include a runny nose, sneezing, congested sinuses, sore throat, and itchy, watery eyes. With feather allergies, the symptoms will most likely be most obvious during times of sleep and rest. Though many feather pillows are not designed to be allergy stimulants - encased in cloth -but this does not always work. ...Read more

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How to know if i'm allergic to beeswax. It weird. Iwhile. Could that be an allergic reaction?

How to know if i'm allergic to beeswax. It weird. Iwhile. Could that be an allergic reaction?

Common: for sufferers of pollen allergy. You can imagine how pollen gets into the beeswax. Because pollen allergies are specific for a class of pollens, one can react variably depending on the beeswax lot. Best to avoid. If you also suffer from seasonal rhinitis, or hay fever, consult an Allergist for individualized recommendations. ...Read more

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If you have allergies to different pollens is it likely you'll be allergic to orange pekoe and other types of tea since it's made from plants?

If you have allergies to different pollens is it likely you'll be allergic to orange pekoe and other types of tea since it's made from plants?

No: You should be fine. There is definitely Food / Pollen allergic cross reactivity between pollens and certain common fruits as in the "Oral Allergy Syndrome" but this tends not to occur with plants in general. ...Read more

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So when you are allergic to something are you actually allergic to it or a component of it?

So when you are allergic to something are you actually allergic to it or a component of it?

Component usually: Typically a person is allergic to an "epitope" which is a particular part of the protein of the substance that a person reacts to. For cow's milk, a person could be allergic to the whey, casein or both. For penicillin, usually the reaction is against the beta-lactam ring when it combines with a serum protein like albumin. For pollen, it is usually a specific protein in the pollen. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to animal fur. Is there anything that I can do to get around this without anti histamines?

I'm allergic to animal fur. Is there anything that I can do to get around this without anti histamines?

Yes: First rule in allergy is avoidance of allergen or triggering substance. If it is unavoidable then try medications such as oral antihistamines or topical nasal steroids. If you do not want to take medications or receive a sub-optimal response from their use, you can always opt for immunotherapy (allergy shots). ...Read more

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Non latex bandages cause raised/red skin and lasts for a while after taking off. Can i be allergic to the adhesive or something else?

Non latex bandages cause raised/red skin and lasts for a while after taking off. Can i be allergic to the adhesive or something else?

Probably not: The adhesive is irritating to the skin and commonly causes skin changes such as these. If it disappears within 48 hrs, probably nothing to worry about. Non-latex contact allergy to adhesive is possible and can be diagnosed with testing if the problem worsens. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have an anaphylactic reaction to horses and react just by being around them?

Is it possible to have an anaphylactic reaction to horses and react just by being around them?

Yes: Yes, it is possible to have a severe allergic reaction to horses just "by being around them." an anaphylactic reaction would be very unlikely, however. More likely symptoms might include runny nose, nasal congestion, sneeze and pruritus (itching of the eyes/nose). ...Read more

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Does this rash look like hives, or is it due to dust mites? Or even food allergy?

Does this rash look like hives, or is it due to dust mites? Or even food allergy?

Urticaria: Can't see a picture of your rash to see if it has the typical wheal and flare of hives, sort of like a mosquito bite or TB skin test in appearance. Caused by allergies to many things, including latex and dyes. Also result from viral illnesses. Best to seek treatment. Try Benadryl (diphenhydramine) every 6 hrs in the meantime. If throat swelling or shortness of breath, ER. http://www.dermnet.com/images/Urticaria-Acute ...Read more

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If I have an allergy to one antihistamine, is it more likely to also be allergic to another? Even though they r different chemicals?

If I have an allergy to one antihistamine, is it more likely to also be allergic to another? Even though they r different chemicals?

Not necessarily: Most people will tolerate a different antihistamine even if they had a reaction to another. The exception might be antihistamines such as zyrtec and xyzal (levocetirizine) which are closely related. ...Read more

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What can I treat an allergic skin rash with? It must be allergic because I don't have a cold or fever?

What can I treat an allergic skin rash with?  It must be allergic because I don't have a cold or fever?

Depends: Treatment depends on the severity of the rash-size, number, areas for medication.You need to see a doctor to get evaluation.There is otc topial steroids, ut may be too mild-may help if area is small and mild rash. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's possible to have allergic reactions from breathing in formaldehyde?

Can you explain if it's possible to have allergic reactions from breathing in formaldehyde?

Asthma: Formaldehyde can irritate your airways and may trigger an asthma like picture, you should seek medical help. ...Read more

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Allergic to cockroach a problem to everybody or just people from slums and the south?

Allergic to cockroach a problem to everybody or just people from slums and the south?

Anyone: Anyone can develop allergy to cockroach. Cockroaches are one of the most prevalent insects on the planet. Most, if not everyone, has had enough exposure to develop allergy if they are an allergic individual. However, to have significant symptoms from cockroach allergy, a higher exposure is necessary. This would be common in multifamily dwellings, the inner city, or areas of poor sanitation. ...Read more

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Could someone with a food allergy possibly breathe something they are allergic to and have a reaction with hives? My son is allergic to something so we have been avoiding a lot of the most common allergens but is still breaking out in hives.

Could someone with a food allergy possibly breathe something they are allergic to and have a reaction with hives? My son is allergic to something so we have been avoiding a lot of the most common allergens but is still breaking out in hives.

Allergist: Finding the cause of recurrent hives is very elusive and in these cases an allergist is best qualified to do the investigation. The offending agent could be internal or external including temperature change, exercise, etc. While waiting for the allergist's appointment, the pediatrician may prescribe an antihistamine for symptom relief. ...Read more

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Can you be allergic to marijuana like some people are allergic to grasses and weeds?

Can you be allergic to marijuana like some people are allergic to grasses and weeds?

Yes: An example would be -- people that are allergic to ragweed often cannot drink camomile tea due to the cross reactivity between these plants. This also is true of echinacea which may also cross react with ragweed. ...Read more

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