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Could I be allergic to fluorescent lighting?

Could I be allergic to fluorescent lighting?

No.: But it is usually found in places with forced-air ventilation as well, and that tends to stir up dust quite thoroughly. ...Read more

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Allergic to fluorescent lights, is that possible?

Allergic to fluorescent lights, is that possible?

No: Allergies occur when the body is exposed, usually, to proteins and they have to be of a certain molecular weight to trigger the production of allergic antibodies. Radiation such as sunshine or fluorescent lights cannot trigger an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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What could be causing my eyes to be so sensitive to bright light?

What could be causing my eyes to be so sensitive to bright light?

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

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What could be causing my eyes to be so sensitive to light?

What could be causing my eyes to be so sensitive to light?

Dry eye treatment: Your description sounds like dry eye. Initial treatment is frequent artificial tears during the day, ointment at night, warm compresses a few times a day, and omega-3 fatty acid supplements. If no improvement, you should see an eye doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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Could I be allergic to lint?

Could I be allergic to lint?

Need more informatio: Did you develop rash or breathing difficulty or swelling or swallowing problem with Lint? ...Read more

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I seem to have an allergic reaction to the light outdoors. Even with no sunshine. Is this possible?

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

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Could someone be allergic to the sun?

Could someone be allergic to the sun?

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

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What can be done about contact lenses causing sensitivity to light?

What can be done about contact lenses causing  sensitivity to light?

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

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Could i be allergic to plastic (maybe latex)?

Could i be allergic to plastic (maybe latex)?

Possible: An allergist can help figure that out. ...Read more

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Could i be allergic to juvederm?

Could i be allergic to juvederm?

Juvederm allergy: there is a small percentage of the population that can react to juvederm with an allergic type response. be sure to have your face evaluated by a board certified facial plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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I seem to be allergic to "breathable" lenses?

Lenses: I assume you mean contact lenses. You should see an allergist or dermatologist for patch testing to determine what component in the "lenses" is causing the reaction(s). ...Read more

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If I am allergic to wool, will i also be allergic to cashmere?

If I am allergic to wool, will i also be allergic to cashmere?

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

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What could I be allergic to in pool water?

What could I be allergic to in pool water?

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 more

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Could you be alergic to something and have a small reaction?

Could you be alergic to something and have a small reaction?

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

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I have a squid ink allergy. Was curious as to what the ink contains that i could be allergic to?

I have a squid ink allergy. Was curious as to what the ink contains that i could be allergic to?

Mollusk: Squid is considered a mollusk (oyster, clam, abalone etc) although a free-ranging one. Its ink contains proteins which can sensitize people just like clams or oysters do. ...Read more

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Interested in contacts but sensitive to chemicals and have had allergic conjunctivitis. What can I do?

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

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Could you tell me if my eyes are light sensitive, will the red laser used during lasik be hard to stare at?

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 more

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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?

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