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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Toenails (Definition)

Toenails are the hard coverings at the end of the toes. Nails are made out of a protein called keratin. They function to protect the end of the toe and to increase sensitivity of touch. Good nail care is important to prevent ...Read more


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Is it safe to drink fabric softener?

NO: It is unsafe to drink fabric softeners which contain certain injurious chemicals. Ingestion of fabric softeners could result in diarrhea in the acute setting to the more severe damage to the GI tract including cancer of the pancreas and neurological symptoms like headache, loss of sensation in body parts, disorientation, irritability etc. Seek immediate help if you have ingested fabric softener. ...Read more

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Allergic reaction to fabric softener, what to do?

Allergic reaction to fabric softener, what to do?

Avoid: reactions to fabric softener are usually contact dermatitis and so if you avoid using it, you won't get the reaction. If you really want to know what specific chemical is the problem you can see an allergist or a dermatologist and have patch testing. ...Read more

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What does an allergy from fabric softener look like?

What does an allergy from fabric softener look like?

Rashes: Most allergic reactions to fabric softener would present as a rash in areas of contact often called contact dermatitis. ...Read more

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Please advise what is the best fabric softener for allergies?

Please advise what is the best fabric softener for allergies?

Healthtap doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific products or product lines. ...Read more

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Are there any fabric softeners I can use for my baby's clothes?

No: Do not use fabric softner for infants, children or teens with eczema. The fragrance and other chemicals will almost always make their eczema worse. ...Read more

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What are reasons why some people are allergic to fabric softeners?

What are reasons why some people are allergic to fabric softeners?

Contact dermatitis: People that are prone to the development of allergy, may also develop an allergy to substances that are applied to the skin. In most cases there is a family history of skin allergy. Such people may also have allergic reactions to metals in jewelry and cosmetics. Patients with allergic eczema (atopic dermatitis), may develop contact dermatitis as well. ...Read more

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My daughter is allergic to fabric softener. Alternatives I can use?

My daughter is allergic to fabric softener. Alternatives I can use?

Use detergent only: People with sensitive skin usually do best with a laundry detergent with no perfumes and no dyes. Do not use a fabric softener. ...Read more

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What would you recommend for a fabric softener for someone with allergies?

What would you recommend for a fabric softener for someone with allergies?

Unscented Products: Anything unscented would work well. There are a number of products on the market. Downy Free and Sensitive, Attitude Baby Fabric Softener, Martha Stewart Clean, Snuggle Free Clear. Most are labels Free and Clear or Free and Sensitive. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me about what to do about skin reaction to snuggle fabric softener?

Can you please tell me about what to do about skin reaction to snuggle fabric softener?

I would stop use: of that fabric softener. You haven't given us adequate information about the skin reaction for us to be able to make a recommendation. ...Read more

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Do you know are fabric softener allergies immediate or can they appear a few months later?

Do you know are fabric softener allergies immediate or can they appear a few months later?

?: not sure if I understand your question well, if you meant using a fabric softener on clothes while washing, the putting on those clothes, would that cause allergies? If that was your question, well it may cause contact allergy but not after months, only few days, if at all, but if you meant direct contact of skin with the fabric softener you might have an immediate reaction or a late one,days only ...Read more

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Are fabric softener allergies immediate or can they appear a few months after using the softener?

Are fabric softener allergies immediate or can they appear a few months after using the softener?

Usually later: Allergies can be either immediate or appear later. For chemical exposures like detergents and softeners, the daily exposure on clothes can build and the allergy appear after months of using it. The body gets sensitized over time. ...Read more

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What to do if allergic to fabric softener?

What to do if allergic to fabric softener?

Avoid: An allergy to fabric softener results in a skin rash wherever your skin comes in contact with fabric that is "contaminated" by fabric softener. The only effective treatment is steroids - topical of mild, and oral if the rash is severe. However, it is far better to avoid the contact in the first place. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to avoid the rash other than to avoid all contact. ...Read more

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Could downey liquid fabric softener cause this?

Could downey liquid fabric softener cause this?

Cause what?: Please be a bit more specific. Perhaps you're having an allergic reaction to a chemical in the softener? Go see your Family Doc for evaluation & treatment. In the meantime, best to avoid anything cleaned w/said softener. Perhaps, re-rinse w/o softener. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be allergic to fabric softener?

Is it possible to be allergic to fabric softener?

Yes: There are certain components in detergents, soaps, fabric softeners and cosmetics that can cause a rash called "contact dermatitis." in general, it is better to use detergents and soaps that do not have perfumes or dyes, and i recommend not using fabric softeners and dryer sheets. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my child is allergic to fabric softener. what else can I use?

What do you suggest if my child is allergic to fabric softener. what else can I use?

?: No alternative that I am aware of. I also would use a dye-free & color-free laundry detergent as well. If he is sensitive to softener, he could react to detergents as well. ...Read more

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What are signs of an allergic reaction to fabric softeners?

What are signs of an allergic reaction to fabric softeners?

Contact allergy: Usually dry, itchy, red, flaky skin, sometimes causing blisters/vesicles if severe. ...Read more

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Do people ever get a violent allergic reaction to liquid fabric softener?

Do people ever get a violent allergic reaction to liquid fabric softener?

Allergy To Detergent: Almost anything has the capability of causing an allergic reaction. When the reaction is in the skin, we often think about detergents or fabric softeners because the residue on the clothes my be eliciting the reaction. ...Read more

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Can you have an allergic reaction to fabric softener sheets rubbed on the face?

Can you have an allergic reaction to fabric softener sheets rubbed on the face?

Yes: Absolutely. It is a chemical reaction. Obviously avoid rubbing them on your face...If you feel like being a detective cut the ingredients part off the box and compare to any other fabric softeners you may wish to use...This may hemp you find exactly what chemical you reacted to. ...Read more

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Can I use fabric softener sheets as safe bug repellent for my children?

Can I use fabric softener sheets as safe bug repellent for my children?

Insect repellents: Deet is the only insect repellent that works. Adults can use 25% but the safe level for children is 10% and under. ...Read more

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Anyone recommend a fabric softener for someone with allergies and sensitive skin?

Anyone recommend a fabric softener for someone with allergies and sensitive skin?

First get tested: Fabric softener is a rather complex substance. There can be a number of things in it that can cause a contact dermatitis. I would suggest you see an allergist or dermatologist for patch testing to see if the particular chemical in your fabric softener can be identified. ...Read more