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Could I Be Allergic To Fluorescent Lighting
Several causes: Many possible causes of what doctors call "photophobia", or excess light sensitivity. Corneal disorders like scarring or inflammation, dry eye, cataract, inflammation inside the eye (iritis) and certain retinal problems all come to mind. A thorough eye examination will help pinpoint the cause. Sometimes, no cause is found and the patient is just labeled "photophobic". Sunglasses will help. ...Read more
I seem to have an allergic reaction to the light outdoors. Even with no sunshine. Is this possible?
This is possible: Sensitivity to light that causing burning, stinging, or even a rash like hives, welts, redness or blisters can happen to some people. Some causes are relatively benign like solar urticaria (hives from sunlight), but some causes can be more serious like lupus or xeroderma pigmentosa. I would have a dermatologist check this out for you. Additional testing may be needed. ...Read more
Yes (rare): Solar urticaria is hives triggered by the sun. This is very rare. More likely are photo-toxic or photo-allergic reactions due to medications that when the person is exposed to the sun trigger a rash. These are quite common and if confusing can be diagnosed by allergists or dermatologists. ...Read more
Sunglasses: Based on many years of personal experience, this is a common side effect of having contact lenses. I highly recommend polarized sunglasses for whenever you are outside. They particularly help if it is light outside and raining. ...Read more
Possibly not: Cashmere is from goats, while wool is obviously from sheep. That may be different enough to allow you to tolerate it. The only way you will know is to test it. You can expose a small area of skin to cashmere to see how you tolerate it. Start with short exposures. ...Read more
May no be allergy: The chlorine in the pool water is an irritant. When the airways are irritated by chemicals like chlorine (others examples are cigarette smoke, strong perfumes, cleaning agents like bleach etc) they react with congestion, sneezing, runny nose and cough and some times with even more severe symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: We need a few more details. A small sniff of cat fur might just give you a sneeze. But a spoonful of peanut butter could send you to the ER. Some codeine cough syrup might make your nose itch, but continuing on a sulfa antibiotic while ignoring early Stevens Johnson Syndrome might land you in the burn unit in renal failure. I've see all of these. Details matter. ...Read more
Interested in contacts but sensitive to chemicals and have had allergic conjunctivitis. What can I do?
Trial: Talk with your doctor and give it a try if you must. I personally have never had the desire to try them. If i had problems with my eyes i would think long and hard if i would want to try contacts. ...Read more
Could you tell me if my eyes are light sensitive, will the red laser used during lasik be hard to stare at?
Probably not: The lights from the microscope are sometimes bright so that the surgeon can see what he/she is doing during the procedure. Fortunately, during the part when you have to carefully look at the red fixation target, the other lights are usually turned way down low to make it easier for you to see and fixate on the red target. You should be fine! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been diagnosed with allergies to Dreschlera mold & Aspergillus Fumigatis mold. Due to these allergies, are there now antibiotics I should avoid or could be allergic to?
Unlikely.: The fungi and molds that cause disease and environmental allergies are not at all closely related to antibiotics. Mold-based antibiotic production has mostly given way to synthetic production, and there are a lot more "parts" of a fungus to which one can be allergic than just the antimicrobial part. Avoid unnecessary antibiotics as a rule; don't avoid any specific ones based on this new info. ...Read more
Cool your food first: Let your food cool down before you eat it! ...Read more
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