Archive for the ‘allergies’ Category

Contact dermatitis, also known as allergic contact eczema can be as simple as an allergic reaction you are having to nickel. Nickel is actually in many things we don’t think about. Have you looked at the snap on your pants, jewelry you wear, items you use at work and even your cell phone? Yes , cell phones as well as ear attachments may contain nickel that you are having a skin rash reaction to.

There have been studies done in Euroupe that demonstrated a reduction in skin rashes and allergic reactions when nickel contact was less. In fact the Danish Ministry of Education recommended saw a 9 percent decrease in skin sensitivity when changes were made in manufacturing of this for eye glasses and earrings!

People are working to get this type of legislation in the United States via the
American Academy of Dermatology citing that the allergic reactions to nickel in US have nearly doubled.

Dr. Jacob says the increase in sensitization correlates with the increased practice of body piercing that evolved through the decade of the 1990s.

“Piercing is a significant exposure source and may lead to a person becoming sensitized to nickel. Costume-type jewelry, and even some gold jewelry, can contain nickel. With the piercings, people are actually wearing nickel inside their skin,” Dr. Jacob said in an inteview with Dermatology Times.

Though we can relieve the problem using cortisone creams and antihistamines to reduce the nickel reaction eczema rash, it makes more sense to avoid the allergen. It is a big part of teen culture however so this will be something probably resisted.

Nickel can also be in school chairs, vitamins and other sources you may not have thought about.

Atopic Dermatitis Rashes are more common than we know and often get blamed on anxiety when there can be irritants in the environment.


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A recent study done door to door showed that there was an 18 percent increase in allergies in kids to foods. This may be due to more public awareness that rashes and breathing problems can be allergies and not the cold or flu. Nonetheless, 3 million kids with food allergies is a high number. Other studies have indicated that eggs,dairy and peanuts are high on the list of foods causing allergies. This study by the center for disease control linked allergic skin rashes , respiratory problems and asthma to food allergies. Keep a food diary of your kids snacks and meals to see what may be the underlying triggers. Eczema is very common and I see kids in counseling often that show me their pink inner elbows. Read more at itchy skin rashes

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The summer is a time where people find themselves having allergic reactions. This may be because there is hiking in woods and we run up against poison ivy, pick berries to eat we may react to and of course encounter more insects than during cold weather.

Allergic reactions can involve rashes, stomach aches, fever etc. Please be aware if you feel a lot of pressure in your chest or that your throat is restricted to go to emergency room or call 911. Certain types of swelling can be quite dangerous.

Sometimes people get rashes if they are at hotels and have laundry done there when they have chemical sensitivities. Bring your products with you. I read a forum where several people had a rash from Goji berries. You just don’t know what can create an allergic rash. Also some people can get a rash from antibiotics- even if you haven’t in past or from nickel jewelry. Try to remember what you’ve done differently.

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