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With asthma, dust mite & food allergies, need I use 1) latex or organic wool/cotton mattress with or w/o allergen mattress cover & 2) organic bedding?

With asthma, dust mite & food allergies, need I use 1) latex or organic wool/cotton mattress with or w/o allergen mattress cover & 2) organic bedding?

Dust mite barrier: Covering your mattress with an impermeable dust mite barrier and washing sheets in hot water weekly as well as removing extra pillows and thick comforters are the most important steps to avoid dust mite allergy reactions. ...Read more

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Are clothing made out of polyester fabric safe to wear?

Are clothing made out of polyester fabric safe to wear?

Safer now: Back 30 or 40 years ago, in the 1970's, polyester was appearing in stores everywhere, but could subject one to relentless teasing if one wore it amongst the wrong crowd. That polyester was rough and unforgiving, but modern new polyester is pretty good stuff. It's safe to wear. It's soft and lays well but being a plastic (petroleum product), it still causes static. Cotton is softer, with no static. ...Read more

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Does electric blanket makes ur skin dry?

Does electric blanket makes ur skin dry?

Yes: Warm/hot environment taking away the moist on the surface of skin. ...Read more

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Tumble dryer or dehumidifier to dry clothes for someone prone to skin allergies?

Tumble dryer or dehumidifier to dry clothes for someone prone to skin allergies?

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

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Could people with true wool allergy wear cashmere?

Could people with true wool allergy wear cashmere?

It depends: It depends of what type of allergic reaction you have to wool. If you have skin rashes on contact with wool, you might develop the same skin rashes to cashmere although skin rashes might be due to other factors too. If exposure to causing you to have nasal congestion, hives and shortness of breath, you might not want to wear cashmere also. Please see a local allergist for more details. ...Read more

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Is cleaning atopic dermatitis skin with hot wet towel okay/safe?

Maybe: Hot can mean different things to different people. Hot could also burn and aggravate any existing skin problem. I prefer the idea of warm, with the temperature comfortable to your skin when you test it. ...Read more

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Other than infant sunscreen & lotion, shade hats, & cool clothing, what can I bring to protect from sun burn?

Other than infant sunscreen & lotion, shade hats, & cool clothing, what can I bring to protect from sun burn?

Sunburn prevention: Don't forget sunglasses, and to avoid exposure between 10AM-4PM. Umbrellas help, too. Remember the shade moves with the sun, especially if a child is in a shaded stroller. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sunburn/basics/prevention/con-20031065 ...Read more

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Live in dry climate. Mouth, nose, skin very dry. Constant dry nose. Is it better to sleep w/ a warm, or cool mist humidifier? Have asthma & allergies.

Live in dry climate. Mouth, nose, skin very dry. Constant dry nose. Is it better to sleep w/ a warm, or cool mist humidifier? Have asthma & allergies.

Yes, but...: Humidifier does provide extra moisture to upper airway, i.e., nose and throat. However, high humidity over 60% provides a favorable environment for the molds to grow and may aggravate asthma and allergy symptoms. ...Read more

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Contact dermatitis from clothes washed in machine contains nickel?

Contact dermatitis from clothes washed in machine contains nickel?

Contact dermatitis: I think your question is if clothes washed in a laundry machine could be contaminated with nickel? If this is your question then no, it is unlikely that machine would seep nickel into clothes. Try changing to fragrant-free, dye-free detergent to see if this helps. See an allergist to exam rash and provide further treatment and evaluation. Patch testing helpful to determine sensitivities. ...Read more

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Should somwone with asthma wear face mask when vacuuming and dusting?

Should somwone with asthma wear face mask when vacuuming and dusting?

BROCHIAL ASTHMA: If you are allergic to dust, it will surely help if you wear a mask while cleaning to prevent asthma attack. ...Read more

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Is wearing a thick cotton winter shirt in the summer harmful for the skin or body?

Is wearing a thick cotton winter shirt in the summer harmful for the skin or body?

Not: Harmful. Just may be a bit warm. Question is why are you wearing a heavy shirt in summer. ? Are you always cold. See your doctor. Maybe some different tests could help you feel better ...Read more

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Vacuum cleaner brand with hepa filter for dust mite and dust allergy?

Vacuum cleaner brand with hepa filter for dust mite and dust allergy?

Vaccuums: Any brand with a true hepa filter should be adequate. The problem of ineffective filtering typically comes from not keeping the filter clean, or replacing as needed. ...Read more

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Would air drying my clothes in a dryer shrink my clothes?

This is not: The type of question that healthtap was designed for. It is a medical forum. ...Read more

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Could the heater on, blanket & warm clothes help the common cold?

Could the heater on, blanket & warm clothes help the common cold?

You may feel more: Comfortable but it doesn't mean it will pass more quickly. Tips: sore throat – gargle with warm salt water (1/2 tsp salt in 8 oz of water). Get strep test/culture if very sore. Congestion – saline nose drops or netti pot. For anti-inflammatory effect & mobilizing mucus- homemade chicken noodle soup. Hydrate- lots of water/clear broth/ add honey & a small amt. Of lemon juice to chamomile tea.. ...Read more

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I'm allergic to latex; can I use nylon/spandex blend gloves?

I'm allergic to latex; can I use nylon/spandex blend gloves?

Possibly: Both nylon and spandex are polymer fibers that are unrelated to natural latex, and by themselves should not causes a reaction in latex-sensitive individuals (people can develop a sensitivity to some of the chemicals used in their manufacture). However, some fabrics may include latex threads in addition to spandex fibers, and this may or may not be listed. Contact the manufacturer to be sure. ...Read more

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It's okay to use the bernat baby blanket yarn to crochet a diaper cover right?

It's okay to use the bernat baby blanket yarn to crochet a diaper cover right?

Tight stitches: Yarn made for baby blankets should be fine to use as long as the stitches are tight. Large stitches leave gaps which a tiny finger or toe could get caught in. Ouch! ...Read more

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1-must wear straight shoe lasts for overpronation & flat feet? 2-can sneakers have mesh and leather tops?

1-must wear straight shoe lasts for overpronation & flat feet? 2-can sneakers have mesh and leather tops?

??: Not so much a straight last as much as a last of some kind / cheaper shoes may look ok but if you can bend the shoe easily at the heel-forefoot junction then this is not a good shoe for you a good shoe with a last coupled with a good otc or custom made orthotic is the ticket as long as the construction is of reasonable quality what the upper is made from is not too much of an issue. ...Read more

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Reaction to wool scarf 1mth ago. Upper chest still off/on itchy, slightly red. Can't see doc for 3 wks. Might clobetasol Rx for my hand eczema help?

Reaction to wool scarf 1mth ago. Upper chest still off/on itchy, slightly red. Can't see doc for 3 wks. Might clobetasol Rx for my hand eczema help?

YEs: It is worth a try. It sound like a severe immune reaction, of which the steroid cream might help. Have you been skin tested for other allergens? It might prove useful. Best of health- Hope you feel better ...Read more

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How do I know if I am allergic to wool?

How do I know if I am allergic to wool?

True allergy rare: True ige-mediated allergy to wool is unlikely and not reported in the medical literature. However, wool can be irritating and cause immediate itching especially if the skin is already affected by atopic dermatitis. Lanolin which can be found in many personal care products is actually wool alcohol, extracted from wool. This has been implicated in some cases of allergic contact dermatitis. ...Read more

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Can people be allergic to wool or just itch from it?

Can people be allergic to wool or just itch from it?

Allergy: The answer is yes to both questions. Some persons find wool irritating when worn next to the skin surface even if not allergic to it. Wool is specially irritating to people who have eczema. ...Read more

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If I am allergic to wool, will i also be allergic to cashmere?

If I am allergic to wool, will i also be allergic to cashmere?

Possibly not: Cashmere is from goats, while wool is obviously from sheep. That may be different enough to allow you to tolerate it. The only way you will know is to test it. You can expose a small area of skin to cashmere to see how you tolerate it. Start with short exposures. ...Read more

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Could I have an allergic reaction to wool?

Could I have an allergic reaction to wool?

Maybe: While wool is not a typical allergen, it does act as a skin irritant and can flare up eczema. It also can harbor other allergens. For example, a person allergic to cat is exposed to 10 times as much cat allergen when wearing a wool sweater as opposed to a freshly laundered t-shirt. ...Read more

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Could people with true wool allergy wear cashmere?

It depends: It depends of what type of allergic reaction you have to wool. If you have skin rashes on contact with wool, you might develop the same skin rashes to cashmere although skin rashes might be due to other factors too. If exposure to causing you to have nasal congestion, hives and shortness of breath, you might not want to wear cashmere also. Please see a local allergist for more details. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of cotton wool spots?

What are some of the symptoms of cotton wool spots?

See: http://www.consultant360.com/content/eye-signs-systemic-disease-case-2-cotton-wool-spot

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Please explain what are some symptoms of cotton wool spots?

Please explain what are some symptoms of cotton wool spots?

Check this out: http://www.consultant360.com/content/eye-signs-systemic-disease-case-2-cotton-wool-spot

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How can cashmere or wool be treated in order to prevent scratching and itching ?

Itching: I don't there are any things you can treat wool with to keep them from causing itching. I may be wrong but I have not heard of anything. Often just wearing a light t-shirt underneath will help. ...Read more

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Is it ok to sleep on a wool mattress if I was allergic to wool as a young child?

Is it ok to sleep on a wool mattress if I was allergic to wool as a young child?

Try before you buy: Most people who have wool allergy have itching with contact. Patients with eczema can be especially sensitive to the itchy touch of wool. Nasal allergy & asthma symptoms are very unusual with wool. So if in the past wool has made you itch it's likely to do so again. Try wearing a wool sweater. You'll find out soon enough if you are still allergic to wool. ...Read more

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Im worrying about my 7 year old boy alot, silly things like him having accidents, choking on things I feel like im trying to wrap him in cotton wool?

Im worrying about my 7 year old boy alot, silly things like him having accidents, choking on things I feel like im trying to wrap him in cotton wool?

Concerned parent: You're being a loving, caring, concerned parent. [i'd use bubblewrap myself; then he can have fun popping the bubbles :-)] unless your concerns are preventing restful sleep or causing ulcers or panic attacks, i shouldn't worry. Being a good parent is full of worries such as those you described & more. Be concerned but not overly protective. See comment. ...Read more

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Wools listeria be found in routine blood work?

Wools listeria be found in routine blood work?

Odd wording: Blood work is not where you look for or find listeria, except in a patient with blood poisoning.Blood work may show non specific changes. ...Read more

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I have a an allergic rash I think caused by wearing wool or something scratchy?

I have a an allergic rash I think caused by wearing wool or something scratchy?

Do your own testing: This you can test it yourself. Wear a shirt or something you believe is causing you allergy to see how you feel. Then don't wear that for couple of weeks--make sure u don't wear similar material either. Keep a long of how you feel. Then reuse that shirt to see if same symptoms occur again. If so, you have your answer. Best treatment is obviously avoid such material/clothing. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is smart-wool socks better for your feet than cotton?

Is smart-wool socks better for your feet than cotton?

Not: Sure if they are better, but they sure are warmer. I live in mn. :) that said excessive sweating would not be good if they were to warm. ...Read more

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Can u send pictures of allergic reactions to wool? I been thinking bed bugs and dust mites but no signs of either?

Can u send pictures of allergic reactions to wool? I been thinking bed bugs and dust mites but no signs of either?

Hmm!: Agree w dr. Klein. Bed bug bites may cause no symptoms or signs in some people. When there is a reaction, it may not show until several days after the bed bug has bitten. It can cause pink, swollen, itchy lesions on the skin. What can be telltale is when there is a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that does not always occur. Here are some tell tale signs for bed bugs. ...Read more

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I have a skin tag on my back that becomes red/irritated & sometimes bleeds when I wear wool sweaters Should I be concerned?

Not Dangerous: Some skin tags can get large enough to rub against clothing and become irritated. Friction against something like a wool sweater can cause enough damage to make it bleed. There is no immediate concern of more serious disease. However, if it bothers you now, it will always bother you until you have it removed. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of fungal spores when washing clothes including silks and wools?

How can you get rid of fungal spores when washing clothes including silks and wools?

Not a problem: Quite a number of fungal spores will be killed by the detergents used for washing sensitive clothes. However, fungal spores are air born and we encounter them every day. ...Read more