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What to do with our ginea pig - shampoo? We have allergy concerns?

What to do with our ginea pig - shampoo? We have allergy concerns?

Probably not: There is not alot of data on gp allergy, specifically there is no data on washing gp and reducing allergen levels. If one is having allergy symptoms and gp is the culprit then the only definiitive treatment is removal of the pet. Allergy meds can treat symptoms. Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

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


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What is the best medication, lotion, or shampoo for skin allergies?

What is the best medication, lotion, or shampoo for skin allergies?

Several: There are several over the counter lines of products that are hypoallergenic. Try vanicream and exederm. Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Medicated shampoos allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Medicated shampoos allergy?

Medicated shampoos: An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. An allergic reaction to medicated shampoos means that the body is reversing adversely to one or more ingredients in the shampoo. Read more

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I have allergy with shampoo my skin is getting as dots some of my skin gets black dots just I use sulfer soup that is less good what to do?

I have allergy with shampoo my skin is getting as dots some of my skin gets black dots just I use sulfer soup that is less good what to do?

Avoid sulfa soap: First you need to change shampoo and in fact sulfa may cause intense local skin reactions if you are allergic to sulfa. A topical cortisone will likely help but you will need to get a rx for it. There may be other causes for your scalp problem especially if the lesions don't itch, . Read more

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What to do about an allergy from Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo?

What to do about an allergy from Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo?

Avoid it: The best treatment for any allergy is to avoid what you are allergic to. This is particularly true for drugs. If there was a compelling reason to use a particular drug, an allergist could help. In the case of Nizoral (ketoconazole) shampoo, there are substitutes. Read more

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Can allergy to shampoo affect lymph nodes on the back of the neck?

Can allergy to shampoo affect lymph nodes on the back of the neck?

Not likely: Allergy to shampoo is of the contact type, and will therefore affect the skin long before it affects the lymph nodes. If you don't have a significant rash all over your scalp (the areas that come into contact with the shampoo), the swollen lymph nodes are probably not related to the shampoo. Read more

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I use fragrance free products. I've been patch tested for allergies. Still cant find shampoo, conditioner, soap or lotions that im not allergic to.?

I use fragrance free products. I've been patch tested for allergies. Still cant find shampoo, conditioner, soap or lotions that im not allergic to.?

Contact dermatitis: I recommend patients try Vanicream line of soaps, shampoos, etc if they have issues with contact dermatitis with various personal care products. It is devoid of most additives/fragrances and is usually tolerated even in patients with very sensitive skin. Try it out if you haven' t already, good luck! Read more

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Can allergy cause me the tingling sensation in my palms. It happens when I use Herbal Essence Shampoo which I am using for the first time...! thanks?

Can allergy cause me the tingling sensation in my palms. It happens when I use Herbal Essence Shampoo which I am using for the first time...! thanks?

Irritation: In the absence of itching, irritation from the shampoo is the more likely answer. A contact allergy to the shampoo does not show symptoms until 24 to 72 hrs later and is often associated with small blisters and intense itching. Read more

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If you have a gluten allergy, can topical creams and shampoos with gluten affect you negatively?

If you have a gluten allergy, can topical creams and shampoos with gluten affect you negatively?

No: Celiac disease (gluten sensitivity) is an immune-mediated inflammation of the small intestine caused by sensitivity to dietary gluten and related proteins in people who have a genetic predisposition. These proteins have to be eaten or ingested to cause symptoms therefore topical preparations should not be an issue. Read more

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I have hives all over. If this is caused from shampoo allergy how long will it take for hives to go away? Antihistamines not working.

I have hives all over. If this is caused from shampoo allergy how long will it take for hives to go away? Antihistamines not working.

Depends: It is unlikely that the shampoo is causing a generalized hive condition. If antihistamine has not worked even when taken up to 4x/day, then I would recommend that you consult an allergist. Read more

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Toddler itches, breaks out during bath b4 any soaps/shampoo are applied. Has reacted this way in other tubs. Allergy towards something in water?

Toddler itches, breaks out during bath b4 any soaps/shampoo are applied. Has reacted this way in other tubs. Allergy towards something in water?

Mgt and workup: I would advise using a very basic soap such as white Dove soap. Avoid all perfumed products including shampoo. The reaction may also be to cleaning products and using natural cleaning products and rinsing the tub well prior to bath time may help. I would suggest an antihistamine and evaluation. Read more

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Difference btwn an allergy and sensitivity? I get hay fever symptoms every time I visit the salon. I think it is due to an ingredient in the shampoo.

Difference btwn an allergy and sensitivity? I get hay fever symptoms every time I visit the salon. I think it is due to an ingredient in the shampoo.

Sensitivity: You can get allergy like symptoms from both allergic and nonallergic causes. Most likely your sensitivity to the chemicals in the air at the salon is nonallergic. That being said, if you have allergies to things like pollens and dust mites then your eyes and nose will be more "sensitive" or more easily irritated by those chemicals in the air. Allergy is a very specific kind of sensitivity. Read more

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Coconut allergy (IgE blood test +).Had trouble breathing after using shampoo & body wash. Is this just random asthma symptom or could it be allergy?

Coconut allergy (IgE blood test +).Had trouble breathing after using shampoo & body wash. Is this just random asthma symptom or could it be allergy?

If you used a: Product with coconut oil in it, that could be an allergy. There also could be a reaction to tree nuts in someone with a coconut allergy. So look at the ingredients of the products you are using carefully. If you're not sure about something, you can ask your allergist/primary care doctor. Read more