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: • […]
A large study of Australian kids finds persuasive evidence that sun exposure may help to ward off both food allergies and eczema.
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 […]
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 […]
For many, it can take years of itching and welts before finally being diagnosed with cold-induced hives.
Prolonged use of cellphones is leading to numerous nickel reactions of the face and jaw, an allergists’ conference is told. There are solutions.
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 […]
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 […]
Quench dry skin in two areas that need it most: hands and lips HANDILY A little effort can go a long way to protect hands, which lose moisture quickly in the cold weather. Invest in a good hand cream: Absolutely essential this season, hand creams are thicker and richer than face or body moisturizers, and […]
Natural Beauty – Face Time Interview by Laura deCarufel In the world of natural cosmetics, Jane Iredale is royalty. In mineral makeup, she is queen. With the launch, 11 years ago, of her self-titled line, Iredale introduced an innovative option for women with rosacea, eczema and extremely sensitive skin. Her cosmetics are a mineral and […]