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Doctor insights on: What Can I Put On My Belt Buckles And Buttons Because Of A Nickel Metal Allergy

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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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Could I have developed an allergy to the nickel fastening on my jeans?

Could I have developed an allergy to the nickel fastening on my jeans?

Yes: An allergy to the nickel in the fastener is common, and there's no way to make this sensitivity go away; all you can do is eliminate contact with any nickel-containing metals. Choosing clothing and jewelry that have no nickel works best, but you can also paint the inside of the fastener with clear nail polish so the metal doesn't actually come in contact with your skin. ...Read more

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I had a strong reaction to nickel for a patch test. I get rashes and itch all over my legs, arms, back and not where watches etc touch my skin. Why?

I had a strong reaction to nickel for a patch test.  I get rashes and itch all over my legs, arms, back and not where watches etc touch my skin. Why?

Nickel Allergy: Are you sure there is nickel in your watch/jewelry? Stainless steel (back of many watches) contains no nickel, and should not cause you a problem. Some jewelry is purposely made without nickel these days also. ...Read more

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I had surgery on my left wrist on the 11th. The orange stuff they used caused a very itchy rash and I told them I was allergic to betadine. Any ideas?

I had surgery on my left wrist on the 11th. The orange stuff they used caused a very itchy rash and I told them I was allergic to betadine. Any ideas?

? iodide allergy: It sounds like a possible allergy to iodides (iodine-containing substances). If there is a rash in areas which were coated by the "orange stuff", that represents a "contact dermatitis". Contact the surgeon to confirm it was an iodinated substance, and note for the future your iodine allergy. ...Read more

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Why do I have a lot of pimples with puss on my waist ( where the belt goes? ) could it be because of the belt?

Why do I have a lot of pimples with puss on my waist ( where the belt goes? ) could it be because of the belt?

See below: This is a problem that requires a face-to-face meeting with your doctor. In that meeting, your doctor will listen to you, perform a throrough examination and possibly order labs or other tests. Based on this information, he/she will be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Hi I got a painful blister rash on one side of my anus and I think it may have been an allergic reaction to the adhesive on my sanitary pad.

Hi I got a painful blister rash on one side of my anus and I think it may have been an allergic reaction to the adhesive on my sanitary pad.

Shingles?: It may also be a case of shingles. See you doctor to make sure that you get the right Rx since the severity and duration of shingles can be reduced if treated within the first 48 hrs. Even if it is not, painful blister is not something to be ignored. ...Read more

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Why is there a rash on my armpit? Switched to roller ball from stick since cheapre

Why is there a rash on my armpit? Switched to roller ball from stick since cheapre

Armpit rash: You have developed an irritant or allergic reaction from your new roller ball deodorant. Treatment is with a topical cream like Cortaid (hydrocortisone) or cortisone 10 which are otc. If this is not effective see your local dermatologist for a stronger topical cortisone. ...Read more

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Broke my m#5 in my left foot; what are the dangers of me not getting a cast put on it?

Broke my m#5 in my left foot; what are the dangers of me not getting a cast put on it?

DANGER=NONUNION: A 5th metatarsal fracture (foot fracture) needs to be treated with good immobilzation otherwise the bones will not heal resulting in a 'non-union'. A non-union can cause chronic problems for 'years down the road' including pain and swelling. ...Read more

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How can I tell if i'm having an allergic reaction on my vagina from lube, meds, or laundry soap? It burns on outside and part of butt and inner thigh

How can I tell if i'm having an allergic reaction on my vagina from lube, meds, or laundry soap? It burns on outside and part of butt and inner thigh

See a doctor: Either a dermatologist or gynecologist should be able to determine what kind of reaction you are having. It does sound like it could be an allergic reaction or contact dermatitis. You can start by changing your laundry detergent and body soap. Take a look at what you are taking- drugs like advil (ibuprofen) can cause rashes. ...Read more

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How can I cure this red, itchy round rash on both sides of my hips? Im a builder so i work outside in the cold a lot and wear thermal trousers

How can I cure this red, itchy round rash on both sides of my hips? Im a builder so i work outside in the cold a lot and wear thermal trousers

Rash on hips: Eczema is commonly seen on hips particularly in cold weather. Eczema is red/pink and scaly and can be very itchy. If eczema is mild, moisturizers like petroleum jelly or a fragrance-free dye-free cream 2-3 times a day may help. Over the counter cortisone creams may help as well, however, you have to make sure it is not something like a fungal infection that can look very similar to eczema. ...Read more

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How many procedures or ear surgeries are needed to repair my torn earlobes? I wear my hair down and now i resort to clip on earrings because the holes in my earlobes are so badly torn from years of heavy earrings. The holes are long (about a quarter of an

How many procedures or ear surgeries are needed to repair my torn earlobes? I wear my hair down and now i resort to clip on earrings because the holes in my earlobes are so badly torn from years of heavy earrings. The holes are long (about a quarter of an

Stretched : Stretched ear piercings like you describe can be repaired. It typically involves an office procedure with a local numbing injection. Both ears can be done at the same visit if you want. The process of repair most typically involves excising the current hole and tract and closing the hole completely. Once the area heals the ear can be repierced if you want. If the ear lobes themselves are also stretched this can be fixed at the same time. ...Read more

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I work in the petroleum industry,spilled a small amount of diesel fuel on my right forearm how can I get rid of the rash,is it dangerous?

I work in the petroleum industry,spilled a small amount of diesel fuel on my right forearm how can I get rid of the rash,is it dangerous?

Diesal skin rash: First remove all clothes soaked with diesal fuel. Then wash vigorously with soap and water. The rash is from defatting and is similar to eczema. You can treat it with OTC 1% hydrocorticone cream twice daily. Be sure to wear plastic gloves or avoid eyes and wash hands thoroughly after application of cream. It can lead to cataracts and glaucoma if rubbed into the eye accidentally. Usu. not dangerous ...Read more

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Is it safe to use dermaid cream on my fingers whal i'm pregnant I have allergies to the metal in rings?

Is it safe to use dermaid  cream on my fingers whal i'm pregnant  I have allergies to the metal in rings?

Cream: As long as you are using a cream on a confined area for a few days, it should not harm your fetus, as the systemic obsorption is minimal. ...Read more

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I have some kind of a scar on my hip on both sides just like a vein in our wrists. Is there anything to worry about????

I have some kind of a scar on my hip on both sides just like a vein in our wrists. Is there anything to worry about????

Striae?: If the scars are pale and parallel and you can't feel them, they are probably striae. Striae are a result of defects in the connective tissue that can occur during rapid grown. They often appear on prenant women and on the skin overlying the muscles of body builders. Anyone can get them during after a rapid growth spurt. They often show up on the hips & buttocks. They aren't harmful. ...Read more

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