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What kind of allergy do you have?


My new favorite body moisturizer

Eucerin Smoothing Repair Dry Skin LotionI never recommend  any product on this blog until I’ve tried it for at least a month. I have used this wonderful product for three months.

My new love is Eucerin Smoothing Repair Dry Skin Body Lotion with Gluco-Glycerol. I have tried scores maybe even hundreds of skin lotions through the years looking for one that will help my extremely dry and very sensitive skin. My Dermatologist told me to look for a product without perfume that contains both Glycerin and Urea. After reading just about every bottle on the shelf I finally found this product.

In general, I have not had good experiences with other Eucerin body lotions. They are either too greasy or too thick to spread on smoothly without pulling and dragging on my skin or too thin and too drying. I have been using the Eucerin Smoothing Repair Dry Skin Lotion for three months now and my skin is almost completely cleared up. It’s nice to be able to wear short sleeve blouses and shorts. I still have damaged skin from years of terrible rashes and constant irritation, but my skin is beginning to look almost normal.

A 16.9 FL OZ bottle cost about $14, so it’s not very expensive compared to lotions you get from your dermatologist  but more expensive than other more common body lotions you can get at the drugstore. As I mentioned earlier, I have not liked ALL Eucerin products. I have put  Eucerin Smoothing Repair Dry Skin Body Lotion in my Allergy Product Store (click here) , You can get a good price on a double pack there, shipped by Amazon or you may be able to find it at your local drug store.

Hope this helps you as much as it has helped me. Let me know.

May is Allergy & Asthma Awareness Month

May is a peak time for people dealing with allergies and asthma and a perfect time to raise awareness about these diseases.

What are allergies?

Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system to allergens that usually do not cause a reaction in most people. Some of the symptoms of allergies include sneezing, wheezing, coughing, and itching; some allergies (food or drug) can cause an extreme response (anaphylaxis) that is life-threatening, is a medical emergency, and is the most severe allergic reaction. If you or someone around you is having an anaphylactic reaction, please call 911 right away.

For those with extreme allergies that cause anaphylaxis, I suggest reading about them on this WebMD web site.


Do your clothes make you itch?

Colored TextilesIf your clothes make you itch and you get rashes where your clothes rub your skin, you are not alone. More and more people are discovering their clothes are making them very uncomfortable. I have a few suggestions you can use to help make your life more comfortable.

 Causes of textile allergies:

• Dyes, Formaldehyde and N-methylol, fire-retardant coatings, anti-cling, anti-static, moth-proof, mildew resistant, anti-shrink and waterproof finishes. These finishes are being used more and more.
• Remains of detergent, dyes in the detergent and perfumes in clothes can cause irritation.
• Friction from clothing The areas of the body that come in the closest contact with the affected materials are: underarms, inner thighs, inner elbows, around waist and neck.
• Latex from gloves, rubber additives and in elastic.
• Chemicals used to dye and process leather, and glue products.
• Metals, especially nickel in buckles, cheap jewelry and even some expensive white gold jewelry.
• Dyes on inexpensive beaded costume jewelry.

This is a summary of the best solutions I have found so far.

1. Do not buy highly colored synthetic fabric clothes that will touch your skin. Be careful of highly colored natural fabrics also, be sure to wash all clothes at least three times before wearing.
2. Do not buy any article of clothing, especially for babies and children that is: wrinkle resistant, resistant to stains or odors or has fire-retardant coatings.
3. Be especially careful buying underwear. NEVER wear any clothes that touch your skin, even totally white ones, before washing several times.
4. Use special clothes washing detergents that do not have added fragrances or dyes. Nellie’s All Natural Laundry Soda, 50 Load Bagis my favorite, there are many others available. I also rinse all my clothes twice.
5. Do not use dryer sheets or fabric softeners, I use a Natural Anti Static Dryer Bal like Nellie’s PVC Free Dryer Balls with pretty good success. I also use vinegar in the fabric softener dispenser on my machine, it helps to remove detergent residue and softens clothes. Even fabric softeners without fragrance are unnecessary, they just add chemicals to your clothes.
6. When relaxing at home, have special “pure and natural” clothes that you can feel completely comfortable in. Wrinkled, white on white 100% organic cotton, may not be a fashion statement, but I sure feel more comfortable in my special “at home clothes”. I get mine at Cottonque.com.
7. In the winter I wear white or off white long underwear under my dark or brightly colored clothes. I like silk the best, it doesn’t make me look bulky or make my clothes too tight. Wintersilk.com has some great styles. Of course, I notice my silk long johns will turn light blue after wearing them under blue jeans. This dye would normally be deposited on my skin, no wonder blue jeans make me itchy and break out in rashes.

If you have any other hints to help make life us more comfortable in our own clothes, please leave a comment.


Helping Kids with Allergies

It is terrible to see your children suffer with seasonal allergies. They wake up with boy_sneezingswollen eyes and have constantly dripping, raw, red noses. They are tired and irritable and have no idea why they can’t play outside with their friends.

My grandson knows he is supposed to stay inside, but he complains that he must have recess out side everyday and on nice warm days his class also eats their lunch outdoors. By the time he comes home from school he is miserable and irritable. That beautiful yellow-green dust that covers everything outside is very nasty stuff for some children.

Here are 6 things you can do to make your child more comfortable during allergy season.

1. Pollen counts are highest in the morning. avoid letting your children outside at that time of day. The safest time for outdoor play is right after a heavy rain storm, when all the pollen has been knocked out of the air and is still damp. The worse time is early on a sunny windy day.

2. Children’s hair should be covered when outside, it collects a lot of pollen. When anyone in your family comes in from being outside, they should change their clothes and wash all exposed  skin. Hair coverings are best left near the door or in your garage. If you do not use hair coverings, brush hair throughly before coming into your home.

3. Children should bathe or shower and wash their hair in the evening before bedtime. This removes all pollen from the hair and skin. You do not want their bed linens and pillows covered with pollen.

4. Your home should be kept free from pollen. Do not open doors and windows when weather is sunny and mild. Use your air conditioner to control temperature.

5. Outdoor pets carry pollen on their fur and can bring it into your house. When you touch your pet, the pollen can transfer onto your skin and clothes. A pet can also bring pollen into your house on its feet and fur. Brush your pets outside. Outdoor pets should not sleep in your child’s bed or even in their bedroom.

6. Since your child can not completely avoid going outside, there are many good allergy medications available over the counter and by prescription. Talk to your children’s pediatrician about what is best for them. Prescription anti-inflammatory eye drops and nasal sprays are very effective.


AAA-Choo season is just around the corner

Yes, Spring is near, but where I live it is still very much Winter. Tomorrow 10-12″ of snow is coming.Seasonal Pollen

Nevertheless I have seen signs of Spring in my yard. The trees are budding and the bulbs are popping their noses out of the cold soil. I have read in the local paper that juniper, maple and elm pollens are already here. Can allergies be close behind?

When you have allergies, it doesn’t take much of the type of pollen you are sensitive to start you off sneezing with itching eyes and a runny nose. Most of these allergens are found outdoors, but if you let them in your home you will never find complete relief.

Five things to make your life easier this Spring:

1. Keep your windows and doors closed on warm, dry, breezy, sunny days. Right after a storm, there is less pollen in the air, this is when you can safely open your windows.

2. Take your shoes off when you enter the house so you do not bring in allergens.

3. If you want to be outside, take a shower and wash your hair AFTER the walk to remove all the pollen you can. Also put your outdoor clothes in a plastic bag until they can be washed. NEVER go to bed with pollen on your clothes, skin or hair.

3. Install a HEPA filter on your air-conditioning units and air purifiers.

4. A Neti Pot can be used to rinse out your sinus passages and cavities. This can help reduce symtoms.

5. Try using a 24 hour antihistamine that can be obtained over the counter. Charitin, Alegra, or Zyrtec. If none of these work for you, see your primary care physician or allergist for further treatment.


A New Year, Start Fresh

Every year at this time, I clean up all the holiday decorations and start to reorganize and clean. It’s a new year so Toxic Cleaning ProductsI want a new beginning. This year I was sick with a virus over the entire holidays. I was very conscious of keeping my home germ free and safe for my family. No one else got sick, so I must have done a good job.

Keeping your house clean so you don’t suffer from Winter allergies is very similar to keeping it free from germs. We can’t see germs and, even though they are much larger we can barely see pollen and dander.

When you are closed up in a house all Winter, dust is the enemy. Dust particles are composed of pollen, pet dander, dust mites, lead dust, pest droppings, chemical contaminates and pesticides. Not exactly what you want to be touching and breathing in all the time.

Dry dusting and sweeping just stirs up dust. Always use a vacuum with low emissions and a HEPA filter. I have a whole house vacuum that vents out into my garage. I love the idea of getting everything completely out of the house. Use a barely damp cloth to dust your furniture.

Use chemical free cleaners made of household products. Four tablespoons baking soda in one quart of water is a good general cleaner. Vinegar and salt mixed together makes a good surface cleaner. Lemon and salt is good for stubborn stains.

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