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Dryer Sheet Allergy
Skin allergy: Tumble drying is a good idea if you have a dust mite allergy, as is washing bedding in hot water weekly. If you have sensitive skin, I would avoid harsh heavily scented detergents, use a second rinse cycle to get detergent off clothes, and abstain from the use of dryer sheets. Use of a dehumidifier again may help with mold or dust mite growth in the home. The target for humidity is about 40-45%. ...Read more
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
1yr+ shadows on wall behind dryer are actually black mold; intake ambient air = sporesin clothes. Allergy. Symptoms 3+mo. Cleaned safely. What are my risks?
Low risk: Black mold is problematic for people with definitive allergies to the mold but, if you're not allergic to the mold just being in the same room with the mold without disturbing the mold should not pose a health risk. There's a lot of hysteria about "black mold" perpetuated by companies that charge exorbitant prices to eradicate it...it's not a big health risk. ...Read more
Drinking plenty of fluids but allergies are in the way, feel like I an sucking in air more than water. Everything seems so dry? Normal?
I have a chronic dry cough that lasts for weeks, but I am not sick. Non-smoker, no allergies. What is causing this, and how can I treat it?
Many possibilities: Asthma, reflux, undiagnosed allergies with post nasal drip cover about 90% of undiagnosed cough. See your doc to work through these possibilities; if it isn't one of these there are dozens of other possibilities, and you need to work closely with your doc to help get to the bottom of it and stop it. ...Read more
Hi. I was just out of the country and when I came back I developed this dry cough. I'm not sure if it's allergies? Sometimes I have coughing fits too
Cough: Which country. Others with you sick? Are you taking and ACE for BP. Discuss with your Dr. And tell where you were and what you did. Let us know what they find. ...Read more
Nasal Saline: For dry nasal mucosa nasal saline can be helpful particularly as we move into the drier months of the year. Also, one should review the medications they are using to make sure nasal dryness is not one of the side effects. ...Read more
Allergies can dry:
Allergies can dry your lips, but usually there are two main causes of a drying. One is not drinking enough liquids, in warm weather or cool. The other main cause is excess salt in the diet.
My suggestion is to first use a moisturizer for the lips and see if the situation gets better. If not, then make an appointment with your doctor to evaluate your blood chemistries. ...Read more
Would dry air tend to make a person cough more if they have allergies or asthma than humidified air?
Usually: Dry (and cold) air is particularly bad for exercise induced asthma and that frequently causes cough. Swimming was always said to be better than running for asthma, but now with public pools so highly chlorinated, that also often makes asthma worse. For nasal allergies, the best way to humidify is to use saline nasal spray or flush. ...Read more
I have some skin irritation. I think it's allergies but I'm not sure. Skin is very dry. What should I do?
Skin care: Skin irritation due to dry skin in winter is common, not necessarily being allergic or atopic. Bathe with cream soap, pat your skin dry, moisturize right away when it is still damp, you will feel the difference, do it with every bath, preferably every night, you can then apply a thin film of OTC hydrocotisone cream 1% on the really affected areas, except your face, if needed, good luck ...Read more
My elbows are dry, white, rough & painful, even to put cream on, why & what can I do, no other body part is like this &I have no allergies?
Often xerosis: Dry sky (xerosis) is common on extensor surfaces (the "outside" of knees, elbows, arms, forearms, shins, etc) particularly during dry winters or frequent bathing/washing. It may or may not represent a mild form of atopic dermatitis/eczema which involves intrinsic problems of the skin. Try humidifier (esp to bedroom), emollients, less bathing and consider Lachydrin (lactic acid) to soften hardened plaques. ...Read more
My nose is usually dry at night and in the morning its stuffy. What could cause this and what can I do? Can this have anything to do with allergies.
Most likely you have allergy sinusitis, or you could be having a chronic sinusitis
try to take allergy medicine like zyrtec or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at night since it could make you drowsy
if persistent you might need to see ENT specialist
some people benefit from saline nasal spray, some suggest local honey from your local farmer market. ...Read more
I have a dry, very itchy cough that wakes me up 5-8 times per night. I think it's allergy-related but I'm already on allergy meds. What should I do?
Embarrassing ques - I find my nose has much snot during the day. No allergies etc. It's dry, crusted at times. Not large. I can't tell until mirror. Why?
Nasal Mucous: The inside of the nose is a mucous membrane, and as such, it is continually producing and clearing mucous. ...Read more
Contacts: Acuvue oasys, proclear or daily contact lenses are good for patients with dry eye or allergies. ...Read more
Maybe.: Dry mouth may be due to several causes. (1) dehydration - think diabetes. (2) medication side-effects - medications for hives, for sleep, for irritable bowel syndrome often cause mucous membranes dryness. (3) mouth-breathing - think allergy, nasal obstruction, sleep apnea. Your health care professional should be able to help you sort this out. Napoleon dynamite is a chronic mouth-breather. ...Read more
Forget acrylic nails: At least you know your cotact dermatis product, soak hand in nice hot oil for 5--10 min every day and massge avcado on it, would help. ...Read more
I am having a terrible cough and it is keeping me awake dry cough, allergies, ribs are beggining to hurt
What is the oitment for dry red flaky rashes caused by allergy with make up? 5 days now. Is it dermatitis?
Contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes red, sore, or inflamed after direct contact with a substance. There are two kinds of contact dermatitis: irritant or allergic.
Irritant dermatitis is the most common type. It's caused by contact with cosmetics, and others. Treatment is with prescription strength topical cortisone such as Cloderm or Locoid (hydrocortisone butyrate) lotion. ...Read more
Taking alot of meds. Hair is damaged - dry/brittle/oily (need to wash daily/dandruff. Does this cause skin allergies? This is the 5th time in 5 mths
See dermatologist: First consider changing the shampoo or conditioner which may be too irritating for your scalp. Iron deficiency can cause hair loss as well. Since the names of medications are not given, you need to look for potential side effects from the medications also. It'd be a good idea for you to consult a dermatologist. ...Read more
Is it bad for my skin in the long run to apply body lotion to my whole body 2 times per day? I have a dry skin but luckily not prone to allergies etc.
Unlikely: It is unlikely that applying lotion (which by the way is usually made from animal or plant fat) will cause you any long term harm. ...Read more
Started taking fractionally distilled aloe daily I drink it by itself. It makes my tongue feel dry and weirdly aware of tongue. Allergy or dry tongue?
Not typically: Allergies manifest in eyes by making them itchy & watery while dry eyes feel gritty & relieved upon tearing (but tearing is secondary to dryness, not primary complaint). There are many causes of dry eyes so if you're not better w/OTC options, time to see your Ophthalmologist or Optometrist. Check out http://goo. Gl/4eI7Kl for medical perspective on difference btwn two conditions. ...Read more
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