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Sting, Skin

Skin Allergy “Epidemic” Linked to MI Chemical

British dermatologists are warning of an “epidemic” of skin allergies caused by a chemical

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Julie-Bowen

Profile: Actress Julie Bowen’s Role as Allergy Mom

Job: Actress on TV’s Modern Family Has child allergic to: peanuts, nuts, insect stings Allergic Living’s Gwen Smith: Julie, how did you first become aware of your child’s food allergies? Julie Bowen: I was at work on Boston Legal and my husband was at home. He sent me a text saying, ‘I think we have […]

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Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy Allergy: What You Need to Know

If your mother always said: “leaves of three, let it be,” she knew what she was talking about. Direct skin contact with poison ivy is a common cause of allergic contact dermatitis, which manifests as a rash that can be agonizingly itchy and long-lasting. Some essential facts about poison ivy and poison oak rashes: • […]

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Sun’s Rays May Prevent Food Allergies, Eczema

A large study of Australian kids finds persuasive evidence that sun exposure may help to ward off both food allergies and eczema.

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Using Sea Salt for Eczema Control

As any parent of a child with eczema will tell you, it can be quite a struggle to get the skin condition under control. But Dr. Douglas Leavengood, an allergist based in Biloxi, Mississippi, swears by a simple treatment found readily in the pantry: sea salt. About 20 years ago, Leavengood noticed that many of […]

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The Buzz About Marijuana Allergy

There have long been tales of marijuana causing reactions. Now a Canadian allergist has confirmed that the weed is indeed an allergen. After one of his patients broke out in hives and had trouble breathing after drinking marijuana tea, Dr. Gordon Sussman began asking his patients about their marijuana use, and recruited 17 people for […]

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cold-hives

When The Cold Brings On Hives

For many, it can take years of itching and welts before finally being diagnosed with cold-induced hives.

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A Rash of Cell Phone Allergies

Prolonged use of cellphones is leading to numerous nickel reactions of the face and jaw, an allergists’ conference is told. There are solutions.

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Skin Smart

Skin Smart By Laura deCarufel We’ve all been there. For women with allergies, dermatitis, rosacea, eczema or extremely sensitive skin, a trip to the drugstore can be as pleasant as cold toast. Trawling the aisles for moisturizer or lipstick, turning boxes to read ingredients while the familiar anxiety seizes. With hundreds of products and thousands […]

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Perfume and the Scent Sensitive

By Laura deCarufel For many, a bottle of Chanel No. 5 is the dream gift. But for those with allergic contact dermatitis to fragrance – 3.4 per cent of North Americans at last count – it can be a nightmare. Brand-name perfumes can contain as many as 5,000 chemicals. Allergic Living asked Dr. Sandy Skotnicki to […]

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