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VITAMIN E: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

VITAMIN E: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Found naturally in avocados and green, leafy vegetables, vitamin E is an excellent antioxidant. Topically, however, vitamin E is a common allergen.
MANGO: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

MANGO: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Mango, even when completely natural, fresh and organic, is a common allergen.
COCONUT SUGAR: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

COCONUT SUGAR: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Used as a sweetener for thousands of years, coconut sugar (from a coconut’s flower buds) is not on published allergen lists.
COBALT: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

COBALT: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
A strong, common allergen, cobalt is a naturally-occurring metal, frequently found with nickel, and was Allergen of the Year in 2016.
BLUE JEANS: Allergen Or Not An Allergen?

BLUE JEANS: Allergen Or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Blue jeans are a surprisingly common cause of contact dermatitis…and worse! The allergen are the indigo dye itself as well as the “mordants” used to help the colorant bind to the fabric.
TURMERIC: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

TURMERIC: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Turmeric — in its natural and organic state, not processed with allergens or processed into a flavor extract — is an excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant…and is not a common allergen. Or at least, it hasn’t yet made it onto the published common allergen lists.

LIDOCAINE: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

LIDOCAINE: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Lidocaine is sometimes used to relieve itching and sunburn but it is on published allergen lists.
ELASTICS IN UNDERWEAR/SOCKS/CLOTHING: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

ELASTICS IN UNDERWEAR/SOCKS/CLOTHING: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Clothing contact dermatitis can occur due to several allergens, including dyes and mordants (chemicals related to metals that are present in some fabrics to help colorants bind better)…and elastics.

RICE: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

RICE: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
Rice is not on published common allergen lists. But if you have sensitive skin or have patch tested positive to bleaches and preservatives, white rice should give you pause, as eating rice that contains or was exposed to these substances could result in skin problems around the mouth or elsewhere.
CORTICOSTEROIDS: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

CORTICOSTEROIDS: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen
Not An Allergen
In what is a particularly cruel irony, many of the steroids used to calm extreme itching and inflammation may cause them. Corticosteroids were the American Contact Dermatitis Society‘s “allergen of the year” in 2005.
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