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Fish Oil Itching
Are vaginitis, itching, or women's candida truly related to diet (or is that a myth)? I take fish oil and a multivitamin, but also eat dark chocolate!
Mostly myth: If you have a food allery, you can develop a rash and / or itching as a result and those symptoms could manifest as vaginal irritaion. Otherwise diet has no relationship to episodes of vaginitis that is more likely related to etioloies such as - infectious, hormonal, diabetes related, contact dermatitis, or foreign body related episodes of vaginitis. ...Read more
Fish oils contain two active omega-3 fatty acids, dha and epa. Most fish oil products contain both dha and epa, but supplements enriched in dha or epa are available. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to significantly reduce sudden cardiac death. Some studies also indicate the potential for benefits in dementia and risk of heart attack. The omega-3 content of cold water ...Read more
severe itching x3wks. No rash, bites and previous dry skin now is very moisturized. No meds, started fish oil and lotion for exzema, not helping?
Generalized itch: Generalized itching without primary skin rash most commonly caused by dry skin. Most severe during the winter months and in older people, characterized by itching in areas of dry, scaly skin. Lab work should be checked to see if there is an underlying cause: CBC/diff, liver/renal function tests, and thyroid workup since you seem to be well moisturized. ...Read more
I'm allergic to all seafoods my eyes itch and it becomes hard to breathe but I want to try shrimp so bad and take the fish oil vitamins what can I do?
Don't do it!!: It's not worth risking your life (and yes, your reaction could close off your airway!) to eat seafood or take fish oil. Please avoid all seafood and seafood products. Your doctor can suggest other ways to get the nutrients you need without risking a life-threatening reaction. ...Read more
No/Yes: Most anything can be harmful if taken improperly. Think about it, drinking too much water can make you very ill or you can die. Fish oil, like anything else should be taken according to manufacturer's directions or according to your health care provider. Fish oils have many beneficial effects if used properly and if a reputable product is purchased. Some fish oils are alleged to be contaminate. ...Read more
Yes,: But those that contain EPA omega-3 lower triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, those that contain both DHA and EPA will lower triglycerides but raise LDL cholesterol. If you don't want dietary supplement fish oil there's prescription EPA Vascepa or EPA/DHA Lovaza. Epanova is another just approved by FDA. ...Read more
Omega fish oils: For many conditions it can be helpful. Some are advocating it for adhd. Also, can assist in mood stabilization for affective disorders - typically not enough alone. Some suggest it may assist in cholesterol management but the story appears to not be in. Any medication or supplement can cause side effects including dizziness, tiredness, nausea (take with food or switch to krill oil), memory? ...Read more
Not known: There are simply not enough clinical studies or other information to endorse one type of unsaturated fat, including omega-3 oils, over another. Direct comparisons have not been done and theoretic advantages are not compelling. ...Read more
4 signs: 1- the container is not past expiration, 2- the capsules smell only slightly "fishy, " 3- the capsules are a pale yellow color, and 4- the capsules are firm to light pressure. If all four of these qualities are present, the capsules are likely fresh. ...Read more
May increase LDL:
Prescription fish oil (lovaza) is indicated for treatment of high triglyceride, but in doing so it actually raises the LDL a bit. Taking it as a supplement (smaller dose--1/4 of dose) may not do much at all in term of changing the lipid profile.
So, if u need to lower ldl, fish oil is not the way to go. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes: The omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil have anti-inflammatory effects. Aside from fish oil which provides dha and epa, other good sources of the omega-3 ala are the algae that the fish eat, vegetable oils, such as soybean, rapeseed (canola), and flaxseed, walnuts, and some green vegetables, such as brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, and salad greens. The converts small amounts of ala to epa and dha. ...Read more
Maybe: There is some evidence suggesting certain omega 3 fatty acids (found in fish/fish oil) may help nerves. I don't think we can say this definitively yet, but omega 3's have been/are the subject of much study. There are also other reasons why eating more fish/getting more omega 3's may be helpful for your health. Talk with your doctor about your particular situation. ...Read more
Not really: Your liver increases your production of cholesterol, not necessarily the food you eat. Cholesterol is the building block of all hormones in the body and is necessary for life. However high cholesterol or very low cholesterol is not ideal. High cholesterol must be balanced with good cholesterol (HDL) so that it can be removed from the body. Fish oil has good omegas 3's for our body. ...Read more