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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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Natural Beauty – Winter Remedies

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 […]

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Natural Beauty – Face Time

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 […]

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Natural Beauty – Eczema

Natural Beauty – Eczema BY LAURA deCARUFEL ECZEMA Although eczema usually improves in the summer, some people find they break out more because of the heat, and perspiration. Plan activities for early morning or late afternoon, to avoid the hottest hours. Central air conditioning can help, as can applying sun protection that includes the active […]

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Stinging Insect

Stinging Insect Allergies

With warm weather, they’re back! Know and reduce the risks.

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Am I Allergic to Exercise?

If a workout brings on hives, it’s less likely the perspiration and more likely your own body heat that’s to blame. The reaction can be triggered by several heat-raising activities: jogging or aerobic workouts are obvious, but also hot baths or showers and even emotional stress can bring on the hives.

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Nickel’s Nasty Prickle

How this lowly metal drives millions of North Americans into a frenzy of itching. SCRATCH, scratch, scratch. It’s a sticky summer evening and I’m absently rubbing some tiny red bumps under the clasp of my watch. Poison ivy, perhaps? I apply calamine lotion and think no more of it until I notice the same rash […]

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