It took me years to figure this out, but I'm allergic to many common ingredients in soaps and lotions. If I stray away from using my approved short list of hypoallergenic soaps anywhere on my body, the most sensitive, NSFW, TMI part of my body suffers. My dumb clueless self recently used some body wash I'm allergic to. Help me figure out how to make everything normal again. [more inside]
Should tea tree oil in bath water sting like crazy? [more inside]
Clothes Detergent Filter! What are good and easily available fragrance-free detergents that work well when hand-washing garments? [more inside]
Nut allergies, acorns, acorn eating pigs, and acorn-eating-pig prosciutto. You are not my doctor, or my charcuterist. [more inside]
I am Gluten Free, work in a small office, we all bring our lunch, but others' lunches make me sick! What do I do??? [more inside]
My left eye is swollen and tender to the touch, and my whole body itches. It's been like this for about a week. I have an appointment next week but my health insurance doesn't kick in until February 1 -- is this something I should worry about before then? [more inside]
The skin on my face spontaneously started feeling tough and waxy to the touch. What could have caused this? [more inside]
Sometimes when I drink alcohol I get sort of an allergic reaction: skin rash (red spots on my face and shoulders) that feels a bit itchy. The first time that happened was about 2 years ago (never had that before and I'm 29 now) and now it occurs about every tenth (or so) time I drink hard liquor. It hardly ever occurs with beer or wine and it doesn't seem to be related to a certain ingredient (it happens with vodka as well as with Campari). Plus it doesn't seem to be related to the quantity of alcohol ingested. Maybe the cause is a certain kind of food in combination with alcohol? I haven't done enough "tests" to find out more. What could that be and need I be worried?
How do I keep oral sex from causing a rash? [more inside]
A topical treatment to help relieve my cat's seasonal allergies (and the associated chewing/licking of fur on stomach and legs)?
Is there anything that can be applied topically to relieve my cat's seasonal allergies? He chews/licks the fur off his stomach and legs, and it's too hard to administer oral medications on him. [more inside]
I'm allergic to most fruits. Should I be taking some sort of multivitamin? [more inside]
Putting a child under the age of two on Children's Claritin for his allergies...advice, or first-hand anecdotes? [more inside]
My girlfriend has recently formed as casein allergy as a young adult. She is not "lactose intolerant". Are there any solutions to dealing with this outside of cutting dairy and other casein rich foods out of her diet? more inside... [more inside]
Help me find a perfume to meet my picky needs! I like sweet/spicy/musky perfumes, nothing to sharp or floral. I would love to be able to wear Opium, for example. But anything not oil-based makes me sneeze and/or breakout where it's made contact with my skin. [more inside]
What am I allergic to? I have reactions from the following: bean sprouts, kiwi, bananas, pecans, and lots and lots of raw vegetables such as carrots and raw snap pea pods, though I can eat them cooked with no problem. [more inside]
What could be causing this weird reaction to frozen pasta? [more inside]
Walnuts make my tongue hurt. Does this mean I'm allergic, or is it just their acidity? [more inside]
Why am I allergic to tylenol (all its forms: tylenol cold, tylenol allergy, regualr tylenol, etc.), but I am not allergic to other medicines including acetaminophen? [more inside]
An new item of clothing broke me out in hives. A) Any ideas about how to get rid of these as fast as possible? B) Is this item of clothing forever dead to me now? C) It was pretty expensive, and from a large upscale corporation. What are my options with them? [more inside]
Recently adopted cat has had a dramatic out break of acne on her chin/mouth. I need an education on the best ways to: - Identify the cause? - Best method(s) to prevent outbreaks? - Best method(s) to treat outbreaks? [more inside]
I'm allergic to cats. Will I be unhappy if I move into a place in which a cat used to live? It is mostly hardwood floors, but two rooms have carpets. No furniture or draperies will remain.