Clear Allergy Test For Hair Dye

When his hair stylist switched to an indigenous hair dye he developed severe itching, erythema, crusting, and pustules on the surrounding skin. Now, what could have possibly went wrong?

Gago-Dominguez, a researcher, explained that small amounts of arylamines are absorbed through the skin during the use of hair dye. Don't dye your hair without having as much of your skin covered as possible. One needs to be careful while applying black hair dye, as it is difficult to remove from any surface including skin and fabric. Lawsone dye infuses skin, hair, and porous surfaces but does not permanently or chemically alter them. Para-phenylenediamine, a key ingredient of many hair dyes, is known to trigger allergic skin rashes in some people. When you use hair dye, you absorb small amounts of chemicals called arylamines through your skin. It "dyes your skin more than your hair," one well known researcher said.

What is PPD in Hair Dye?

Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) is a chemical substance that is widely used as a permanent hair dye. PPD hair dyes usually come packaged as 2 bottles, one containing the PPD dye preparation and the other containing the developer or oxidizer. The use of PPD as a hair dye is popular because it is a permanent dye that gives a natural look.

Why is it that many hand painting using Henna (herbal dye) develop skin rashes? After all, Henna dye used for hand painting is 100% herbal and does not contain PPD!

That's because almost all henna-tattoo artists are mixing in black hair dye that contains paraphenylenediamine - 'PPD' for short. This mixing of chemical makes the hand dye more permanent, as the palm sweats a lot, the tattoo artist is ensuring that the ink remains for a longer period of time. If you develop skin rash after using a dark dye, you'll be allergic to all dark hair dyes - anything that contains the PPD compound.

Currently there are no permanent oxidation type hair dyes that can be safely used by PPD allergic individuals. If you have an allergy to PPD and have your hair dyed, you should avoid the use of all oxidation type hair dyes. PPD is an occupational allergen among hairdressers; there is limited cross-reactivity with azo clothing dyes and back rubber. Those who are allergic to PPD hair dyes must avoid all synthetic chemical hair dyes.

Manic Panic hair dye works best on hair pre-lightened to a very light blonde. The idea being that it would look like she was a blonde who occasionally dyed her hair black. Apparently, the darker shades of hair dye contain significantly more chemicals than the blonde shades. The first step is to use the cheap blonde dye to bleach your hair. After an hour, rinse the blonde dye out of your hair.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Black dye in hair colouring can cause allergy reaction?
    I am trying this question in a different category here...See if any responses work better here?

    My friend is dealing with a rash incident, it was very puzzling and no one knows but I suspect her hair dying caused it, but need to ask around & learn from others who had the bad experience.

    I am not clear, I heard someone mention something about black dye is very, very well known to cause bad rashes among women who dye their hair black, so can someone say for sure, and umm certain brand names of hair colouring products and chinese hair colouring products as well.

    can any girls out there, say for sure, that they had a bad reaction to dying their hair black with some indigredients in the hair colouring product, like a angry red rash and itches like crazy around the hairline area, ear lobe, and fore arms?

    Any ER Drs seen this kind of reaction? Kind replies please & thanks,

    • ANSWER:
      Any color hair dye can cause a rash. Thats why you have to test first! (Though no one ever does. Its more of a disclaimer so people can't sue them).. Wash the hair reallly well to get the extra dye out of it and if it doesnt go away within a few days call the doctor. If you can't deal will the pain/itching go to a doctor sooner.

  2. QUESTION:
    Am i having a hair dye allergy?
    Ok so i just dyed my hair and i feel a little weird like high. I don't know weather im having an allergy or a panic attack lol im a very paranoid person, i did a patch test which was clear

    • ANSWER:
      You are probably just paranoid, you cant get high on hair dye...

  3. QUESTION:
    am i allergic 2 hair dye?
    hi so basiclyy i bought hair dye 2day (garnier nutrisse) and i done the allergy test but about 10 mins later the spot where i tested it (behind my ear) went red.. does this mean im allergic?

    • ANSWER:
      It's possible. If it's an allergic reaction you could notice redness, swelling, warmth, pain, and itching. If the redness clears up without any other symptoms, then I would try the test one more time (with allergies, the second exposure can sometimes be more severe). Another note of caution: delayed-type hypersensitivity - while not technically an allergic reaction - may take a two days or more to develop. DTH is what happens when you get a rash from poison ivy, and some cosmetic products can cause this reaction so if notice vesicles (a rash with fluid filled bumps) over the spot where you did the test, don't use the product.

  4. QUESTION:
    Wash out hair dye available from Boots or Superdrug?
    I really want to dip-dye my hair with just a light brown/dark blonde kinda colour, but before I do that I want to test it out to see if it looks nice with just a simple wash-out dye. I want the dye to literally wash out in 1-2 washes and don't want it to alter my hair colour AT ALL. Also I don't want it to be too expensive because it's wash out dye so it won't last long. Also it has to be available in Boots or Superdrug. Could you please tell me the name of a good wash out hair dye or link it to me, Thank you very much!! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on your natural hair colour.
      I suggest you do a strand test, here's how-
      get some one to do this bit for you, take some strands of hair from underneath at the back, just 5 or 6 strands will do, sellotape them at one end, apply the chosen product to the strands of hair following the manufacturers instructions for development time.
      After development time is up, wipe off excess colour with some cotton wool/pad.
      There should be a slight change in colour, or it might not have changed at all, by doing this strand test, it will help to 1 see if it works,2 see what colour the hair will change to and how it will look.
      This will help you to decide what colour to go for and whether you want to continue on or not.

      Products you may want to try- Superdrug do a wash in wash out colour conditioner, small gray bottle, but the selection to choose from is limited.

      I don't think Boot's do a wash in/out colour, as I my self looked for one in Boot's.

      Or there is colour mousses you could try.

      Please if you do choose this answer, please follow these tips
      1 always read & follow manufacturers instructions. 2 use gloves to prevent staining your hands. 3 stay clear of any products that say- Warning Allergy Test Must Be Done 48 Hours Before Application or similar wording.
      These are permanent colour products and should only be used if you want to change your hair colour permanently.
      Please note, if your hair is porous or damaged, and you use the products I suggested, you may find the colour will stay longer than you want and take longer to wash out.

      Hope this helps you.
      Regards

  5. QUESTION:
    how do i dye my hair?
    okay, so my mom's out of town and she left some hair dye. she used it earlier and she has some left overs and i want to use it.

    the instructions arent there...she must have thrown it away. it's colorsilk.

    there's a white bottle with white clear fluid stuff and a small brown bottle with what appears to be oils that smell like peroxide. lol.

    how do i do this! lol

    experienced people...i need your help
    i meant what do i do what what i have now.

    ..ha ha .

    • ANSWER:
      i dont use at home kits very often but my mother usualy does it for me if i do but here are some simple tips to think about since you dont have the instructions and it might be best to have your mom do it for you since she knows how

      http://www.soyouwanna.com/site/syws/dyeh...

      http://www.wikihow.com/dye-hair...

      here are some other tips

      Top 10 hair dying mistakes!

      - Number 10: Applying dye to dirty, tangled hair

      Deep condition your hair a month before dying to maintain color. Be sure your hair is relatively clean before applying. Trim hair especially dry and split ends to even out color. Hair should be slightly damp when dye is applied.

      - Number 9: Using hair conditioner before you dye

      Do not condition your hair a few hours before applying hair dye, shampooing will do the trick. Your hair needs to be free of free radicals such as dirt and oil as much as possible.

      - Number 8: Choosing hair dye based on what the model on the box looks like

      Consult the local salon or stylist on what colors would look best on you. The hair dye you choose should have the same tone as your skin color.

      - Number 7: Forgetting to check for allergic contents

      After choosing a brand, apply a tiny amount of hair dye near your neck or behind your ear to see if irritation, redness, inflammation, allergy, hair loss or any bad reactions occur. Wash the affected area right away if this happens. Remember the instructions carefully. Do the patch test 1-2 days before hair dye application.

      - Number 6: Doing your entire head without testing a small amount of your hair first

      Do a strand test by applying a bit of dye to a few stands of your hair to see if you got the right color.

      - Number 5: Staining your skin or clothes

      Protect your skin by wrapping a towel around your neck as the dye can irritate your skin or affect your clothes. Gloves should be used and must be included in a hair dye kit. Applying petroleum jelly or cream around your ears and neck part will keep off stains. Wipe off oil after shampooing. If you do happen to stain your skin, don't worry, rubbing alcohol will remove dye stains from your skin

      - Number 4: Picking a color that does not fit with your natural hair color

      Pick a color one shade lighter when dying your roots. This will make the transition from your colored hair back to your natural hair color graceful without roots that are a completely different color sticking out. Obviously, this rule does not apply if you are dying your hair a completely different color than your natural hair color.

      - Number 3: Losing hair

      After dying, always rinse with cold or tepid water to avoid your own hair from falling out.

      - Number 2: Over-dying hair

      If you did not achieve the desired effect, using Liquid Tide can correct this. A couple of days of use will lighten the color until your hair returns to the original color. Instead of over-dying, do touch-ups every four to five weeks to keep your hair color picture perfect.

      - Number 1: Dying eyebrows and eyelashes

      Never use hair dye on eyebrows and eyelashes! Ask for medical help when dye gets into your eye.

  6. QUESTION:
    how do i dye my hair using clairol nice n easy ?
    I bought Clairol Nice N Easy non permanent I am a first time colourer I read the instructions and had no reaction to the colourant on the allergy test i am ready to dye my hair but do not know whether its better to do damp or dry, clean or oily, and do i wash it off after the 30 minutes or is it supposed to stay in. i read the instructions but could not make full sense of them. Please help :') xx

    • ANSWER:
      Usually you color the day after washing hair and it is put on dry hair, after 30 minutes wash it off until water runs clear and put conditioner on ,leave for 2 minutes then rinse off and your done

  7. QUESTION:
    dying hair while oily?
    so i haven't washed my hair in a couple days as i'm trying to preserve the color (which is a nice dark red) but i decided it's time to dye it. i normally get it done but i am doing it myself this time, but i was just wondering should i do it while my hair is pretty oily? or should i wash it, wait a day or so, and then do it?

    • ANSWER:
      That's a really good question to ask..

      It's very simple... You don't wash your hair before putting a colour in. Having product build up, oil, it will come out uneven or any of those reasons has nothing to do with it. The dye's formula will not be affected because you haven't washed your hair... The reason why we ask clients not to wash their hair before coming into the salon for a colour is their 'acid mantle' which is a naturally produced mixture of sebum (oil) and sweat) acts as a protection layer once the dye is applied. Traditionally it was expected to have clean hair and allergy tests were required for anyone who was to under go a colour. It was later found that unwashed hair protected the client more than a squeaky clean head of hair. Clients were more prone to rashes, burning and tingling burning sensations and legal ramifications ensued. It became acceptable and much safer to retain the protection of acid mantle than not to have it at all.

      However Manufacturers still encourage all salons to perform allergy test, but due to the client having to come into the salon 24 hrs earlier to under go a patch test behind the ear and wait until the next day makes it difficult for clients who experience time consuming delays and have to go back to work again and wait until the following week.

      red is the hardest colour to maintain, it fades faster than other colours so just be aware of it. If you can - avoid dyeing over previously coloured hair. It's not good as it damages your hair. When its damaged nothing can solve it, once it's destroyed you can only ever leave it or cut it out.

      Sarah's information is not completely wrong, it's not her fault, she sourced her information and I've just checked it out. It seems some people think they know what they're talking about when they don't and they end up misinforming everyone.

      A very interesting question none-the-less :-)

      So go ahead, I believe your are ready to dye you hair now :-)

      Hopefully that clears that up?
      Have fun

  8. QUESTION:
    Asians shouldn't dye their hair red?
    About a month and a half ago, I got my hair coloured red (just highlights). The stylist coloured both sides but coloured the left side of my head more than the right side (more white hairs on the left side, I guess). Two weeks after that, I started getting a rash on the left side of my scalp and my left ear started peeling and oozing a clear, sticky fluid that's kinda gross. I had the same reaction about two years ago (it was also after dyeing my hair red). I went to the doctor because I knew it was an allergic reaction to the dye. I was told that Asians should not colour their hair red because there is something in the pigment that doesn't agree with Asians. Is this even possible? I mean, I thought it was something in the particular batch or brand of dye that caused this reaction. I've coloured my hair blonde and other colours and got no allergic reaction afterwards. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      It's always recommended you do the allergy test before dying your hair. You put a small amount of dye on your elbow, or behind your ear, or something and if you don't get an allergic reaction it's probably safe. Do the allergy test with some other brands of red dye and see what happens. I know plenty of Asians who dye their hair red, so this doesn't make any more sense to me than it does to you.

  9. QUESTION:
    Can you dye your hair when your pregnant?
    I've heard you can't.
    I'm 8 weeks pregnant, and my roots are literally down to my ears :| I look stupid. haa.
    Cos my hair has been dyed blonde, and i have brown roots coming through, i look like an idiot. :P
    Just wondering if theres anything you can use to dye your hair other than bleach?
    Thanks in advance. :)

    • ANSWER:
      You can dye your hair, it's fine.

      I had the same problem, I got my hair dyed blonde and then found out I was pregnant. Brown roots is not a good look so I asked my midwife if it was safe to get my hair dyed.

      She pointed out to me that hairdressers have babies too. They're around hair dye, perming solution, etc all day long and their rate of miscarriage/deformity/stillbirth is no higher than that of women who are not hairdressers. She also told me that the scalp absorbs so very little of the hair dye that it's negligible and that you would absorb more harmful chemicals walking alongside a busy road during rush-hour or walking past a pack of smokers outside the pub.

      The only considerations you need to make are that your hair can react differently to hair dye due to your hormones. This can mean that you either don't get the colour you were after or the colour doesn't take. Get your hairdresser to do a strand test a few days before doing your whole head. Trust me - it's important. My hairdresser did a strand test using my usual dye and it went orange, I had to switch brands to get the colour I wanted. You should also get your hairdresser to do a patch test, where she dabs a little bit of dye on your neck or inner-elbow. Hormones can make your skin more sensitive so best to check you haven't developed a temporary allergy. If you're suffering with sickness at all then sit as near to the door as possible and ask if they can run a fan near you to clear away the smell.

      I dyed my hair right the way through, my son is now 11 weeks old and thriving. Just because you're pregnant doesn't mean you can't look good and you may as well pamper yourself.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do you use splat step-by-step to dye your tips if your hair is brunette?

    • ANSWER:
      Whether you are bleaching or not bleaching your hair, you need this part of splat hair dye coloring direction or tutorials. It is the most important part where you need to take keen interest on each of the state steps herein. By following this splat hair dye-coloring tutorial, you are going to get magical results that are unbelievable.

      This is the second part of this splat hair dye tutorials, directions or guide. You might have began from the either how to use splat hair dye - the splat hair dying guide, then you went to the splat hair dye bleaching tutorial and finally you are on this section of splat hair dye coloring directions. All these there parts you have gone through are important and they will help you appreciate the different ways you can use splat hair dye.
      Splat hair dye coloring is what gives you the specific hair color you want. It can be done to both bleached or hair that has not been bleached. The main steps you need to follow to have much success in coloring your hair are as follows:

      1. Before you start using splat hair color, you need to ensure that your hair is washed and thoroughly dried. Washing will be necessary for those who have not bleached their hair. For those who bleached and well rinsed it, they might not be required to bleach it.

      2. Before you begin using this dye, adequately protect yourself using an old towel or a cap. Whichever you resort to, it should be able to protect you from this strong dye.

      3. You also need to ensure that your forehead and ears are protected. This should be done even if you have done the splat hair dye allergy test as it is intended to ensure your face or ears are not stained. You could smear petroleum jelly on these two areas.

      4. The next step is to thoroughly shake the bottle that has the dye to ensure that the various ingredients are well mixed.

      5. So as to apply the hair dye, ensure that you have attached the tip of the bottle to the splat hair dye applicator. To apply, squeeze the color into your hair on areas which you want the dye to be. Here much care should be taken since if you spill the dye of areas you did not want to dye; it is not easy to get rid of the dye from these areas. During the application process, avoid rubbing the dye on your scalp since it will stain it too. If splat hair color happens to accidentally spill on your skin, or any other surface you do not what the dye to, quickly rub the area using a damp towel or clothe.

      6. When you are through with coloring, let the dye process using the color timing chart which is also provided in the splat hair dye kit. You could also use driers if you need to get faster results.

      7. Once you are satisfied with the color that the processing has yielded, you can thoroughly rinse your hair using water only until the water becomes clear. This is not very easy to achieve and it is going to definitely take time.

      8. Once you have clear water running from your hair, you can go ahead and shampoo it and then let it dry. It is very important to ensure that water runs clean from your hair after you have shampooed it.

      9. Once your colored hair is completely dry, you are free to style it as you want.

  11. QUESTION:
    how do you dye hair from the box?
    never done it before and im having to do it by myself

    • ANSWER:
      First, you need to pick a color. I reccomend semi-permanent, that way if you do end up making a mistake, or the color isn't what you thought, it's much easier to pick. You can pick whatever brand you want; just make sure you get the right color. I'd stay away from anything that has "ash" in the title (like, "ash" blonde), because they've been known to turn greenish. I'd also reccomend only going no more than three shades darker, or two shades lighter (being that, the darker you dye your hair, the more you have to re-dye your roots when they grow, and it's really hard to lighten your hair dramatically, so for a first timer, you really don't want to mess up.)
      If you plan on keeping your hair the color you picked, make sure you remeber which color it is, so you can go back and buy it again when it's time to re-dye your hair (about three-to-four months, depending on how fast your hair grows).
      if you have long hair, (shoulder lenght or longer) Buy two boxes, just in case one box isn't enough. If you don't end up using it, take the unopened box and the reciept back to the store, and see if they'll take the return.
      Then, it's just as simple as following the instructions. Be sure to do the allergy test the box reccomends, just in case! Then, I'd reccomend getting an old button-down shirt, or robe to wear, in case it gets a little messy; the dye is permanent on clothes. And, don't dye your hair on carpet, other wise you could stain the carpet with the dye. Stay in a well ventialted area if you can. I wouldn't worry about getting dye on your skin, unless you have really sensitive skin; the dye is easily removed with nail polish remover or dish soap (but wait until after you've finished dying your hair, so you don't accidentally get in in your hair and ruin the dye!)
      What I do when I dye my hair, is, I put the dye on in the bathroom, but then cover my hair with a shower cap (a plastic bag works just as well) so I can go around the house without getting dye everywhere. Don't worry, most instuctions say not to cover the head, but it's just as a common sense safety precaution, and I've never had any problems.
      The tricky part is the timing, I've dyed my hair well over a dozen times, and have pretty much developed my own system (I just leave it in for 30 minutes). But leaving the dye in too short will give you splotchy color, and too long will give more pigment, but dry out your hair. I reccomend for a first-timer to use the time reccomendation the instructions give, but then, if you feel you need to leave it in a little
      longer, go five minutes at a time. Don't leave it in for more than 30 minutes unless the instructions specifically say to do so however! Hint!: The time begins after you've finished putting the dye in your hair, not before!
      Your scalp will feel itchy, and even burn a little bit, but unless it's severe, I wouldn't worry. When the time is up, get in the shower, slighlty wet your hair down with warm water, and rub your hair to create a lather with the dye (this helps preven uneven coloration). Let it sit for a few minutes, and then rinse. It can take a while to rinse, so don't worry. Just wait until the water starts to run clear. Then, if the kit included a conditioner, use that, if not, use your own. Leave it in for about five minutes, and rinse with cold water (the cold water will help seal the conditioner into your hair strands, as well as making your hair look shiny).
      Wait until your hair dries to judge the color. I don't reccomend using a hair dryer because you've already just damadged your hair while dying it (no matter how anyone says, dying your hair is damaging to it, no matter what kind of dye you use), do your really want to damage it more with a dryer?
      In the worst case scenario, you won't like the hair color. If you find yourself "iffy" and not entirely sure, give yourself a day, play around with it, try and get used to it.
      If you absolutely hate it; grab some dishsoap right a way and wash your hair several times. This will help remove a lot of the color. Then, if you want to re-dye your hair, wait at least a week (if your desperate, go to a salon the next day) and find another color; keep in mind the dye in your hair will make to color turn out different, but if you're carefull, it won't be too different.

      Try not to use shampoo for the first 48 hours after washing your hair so you don't wash the color out. And then, shampoo every-other-day to preserve the color.

  12. QUESTION:
    Does having a broken scalp mean I can't dye my hair?
    I suffer from a bit of eczema which causes me to have a broken scalp. I want to dye my hair a different colour, but worried it will be painful. Can I still dye my hair even though I have a broken scalp?
    Oh I forgot to say I was going to use semi permanent dye first to try out hair colour.

    • ANSWER:
      You can dye your hair, but you're quite right in thinking it might be painful (ive been there and done that) so the best advice I can give you is either:
      1) Buy treatment shampoos to clear up your scalp first. This may take a bit of time, but will hopefully be less painful than not doing it.
      2) Do some sort of allergy test on your scalp first. Dye a tiny section of your hair close to the scalp where no one will see it ( e.g. in the underlayers of your hair) and see if the experience is painful or not.
      Or 3) Bite the bullet and do it.
      Good Luck

  13. QUESTION:
    Hypoallergenic shampoo and conditioner that won't dry out hair?
    About three months ago, I started having to use hypoallergenic deodorant and body wash, due to itching the regular kinds were causing. I also started having to use "all free clear" laundry detergent. I don't know why I have the sudden onset of a skin allergy, but it is completely uncomfortable. My shampoo and conditioner weren't bothering me then, but now my scalp seems to be on fire. I need to know a good type of hypoallergenic shampoo AND conditioner, that won't dry out hair. I've tried baby shampoo, but for some reason it made my already dry, damaged hair break off even worse! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Take it back to where you bought it.
      Stop using it ASAP.
      You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs, beauty, personal hygiene, or makeup to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

      EVEN IF A PRODUCT IS LABELED "HYPOALLERGENIC," IT MAY CONTAIN SUBSTANCES THAT CAN CAUSE ALLERGIC REACTIONS.
      Good thinking! Question 6b is True!
      After all, people are individuals. And there's no telling what any individual may be allergic to. According to the cosmetic industry, "hypoallergenic" means "less likely to cause an allergic reaction." But dermatologists - and consumers who have allergies - know that the word "hypoallergenic" on the label is no guarantee against an allergic reaction.

      SENSITIVE SKIN? Skip the gels and waterproof formulas. They contain more alcohol, as well as an ingredient called propylene glycol, which many people are allergic to. Water just can't get in (sunscreen for ex.) but sweat also can't get out - which can cause breakouts.

      CHOOSING PRODUCTS WITH THE CLAIM "DERMATOLOGIST TESTED" IS A WAY TO AVOID AN ALLERGIC REACTION OR OTHER SKIN IRRITATION.
      Nope! Question 6c is False!
      "Dermatologist tested" doesn't really tell you much, does it? It leaves you wondering about things like:
      Did the dermatologist work for the manufacturer?
      How many people was the product tested on?
      How long did the testing last?
      What were the results of the testing?

      Remember, poison ivy is all natural, too! But you probably don't want it on your skin. It is very possible to have an allergic reaction, or other irritation, from products labeled "all natural" or "organic." For example, lanolin, from sheep's wool, is a common natural ingredient in some moisturizers that sometimes causes allergic reactions.

      Washing less often, builds the natural oil your hair needs, to get them smoother, shinier, silkier, softer. Man-made products are just temporary, until you wash them again, and at the same time washing off the natural oil your hair NEEDS. Hair products just absorb on your hair if they're dry, like a sponge.

      1. Hair gets very dry from too much sun exposure, same with the skin.
      2. Shampooing in Hot water & chlorine in the pool causes the skin to get 'dishpan' hands look, so does the hair. So use warm water.
      3. Blow drying too long. If you need to blow dry, towel dry first air dry some, then blow dry for 5 mins.
      4. Don't use products containing alcohol. Gel has alcohol, so does hair spray.
      5. Perming, relaxing & dyeing all causes hair feeling like hay. Get frequent trims, allowing new growth to take over.
      6. Don't shampoo often. Washing less often, builds the natural oil your hair needs, to get them smoother, shinier, silkier, softer. Man-made products are just temporary, until you wash them again, and at the same time washing off the natural oil your hair NEEDS. Hair product just absorbs on your hair if they're dry, like a sponge.
      7. Overbrushing. Avoid too much brushing or styling in the winter. Harsh winter months can leave your hair dry, dull, brittle, or frizzy.

      DOs:
      1. Cover your hair with a scarf or hat when you go outside to prevent sunburned even during winter.
      2. At the end of washing your hair, rinse it thoroughly with cold water. This locks in moisture, according to Hair Care Guide.com, and gives your hair extra shine.
      3. Always dry your hair thoroughly before you go outside, since damp hair can freeze and break.

  14. QUESTION:
    Any tips 4 on coloring u'r hair?

    • ANSWER:
      Take your time, especially your first time. If you try to hurry, you're more likely to miss spots and make a mess, so make sure you put aside at least 2 hours, just in case it takes longer than expected. And do it at least 24-48 hours before a special event. Don't dye your hair the night before doing anything or going anywhere special, just in case it doesn't come out right.

      Start with the top layer of your hair, because you want the top to be a little bit brighter to give you a little bit more of a "natural highlights" look. Even if it's regular dye, not highlights, the hair that gets dyed first will be a tad brighter and you want it to look as natural as possible. Make sure you take the tip of the bottle and "comb" it through your hair to get it as evenly across the roots as you can. Then starting in the front, take large sections of hair and rub the dye in entirely and comb it through. Work your way to the middle of the back of your head, then start in the front on the opposite side with the same thing. When your done, take what's left of the dye in the bottle and squeeze it into your gloved hands, rub it through your hair and periodically keep combing it through, this will ensure that you don't miss any spots, especially in the back where you can't see. DO NOT attempt to keep any left-over dye. Throw it away UNCAPPED or else it might explode. Dye is no longer good about 3 hours after you mix the two parts of it together (there's a color tube and a bottle of white stuff you need to squeeze together and shake thoroughly). If your hair is long enough to go past your waist, you might need to buy two boxes to have enough. You might also need two boxes if your hair is very thick. Start with just one and see if it's enough, then you'll know for next time.

      Wash your hair 24 hours before you're planning on dying it (you need enough oil to build up in your hair to protect your hair and scalp from the chemicals, but if there's too much, the dye won't absorb into your hair as much. 24 hours is usually a good time period. If you hair is curly, straighten it as much as you can first or else it's VERY difficult to comb (my hair is extremely curly and I can't dye it unless it's straight). Make sure it's entirely dry before you start dying it, unless the dye packaging says to dampen your hair first. Always read ALL the directions before you begin. And if you've never dyed your hair before, you should really do a strand test and allergy test to make sure it's the color you want and that your skin won't react to the dye.

      Avoid getting it anywhere near your eyes at all, it will burn like all heck, but if you do, wash thoroughly with lots of water and remove contacts if you're wearing any. Don't worry about your face or neck, it will wash off with water when your done. Just don't let it sit there too long. Once the dye is entirely through your hair, twist it and put it into a big alligator clip on top of your head to keep it off your face and neck. Clean your skin with soap and water (don't forget the top and back of your ears!). Let sit for as long as the dye packaging says to (normally 15-25 minutes). DO NOT let it sit longer than 45 or 50 for any reason. Set an alarm or timer if you need to.

      When you go to rinse it, rub your hair with water and let it sit an additional 2 minutes somewhat wet, but not soaked. Then rinse until the water runs mostly clear. When it does, use ONLY the conditioner that came with the dye. Do not use shampoo. Do not wash your hair again for at least another 24 to 48 hours and only use conditioner. You might want to save a little of the conditioner that came with the dye. And be prepared for just a little bit to wash out for the next 2 or 3 showers. Use a dark towel and dark clothing.

      If it's temporary dye, avoid rain at all costs and don't wear light colored clothes because it WILL keep coming out little by little for the next couple days until it really sets into your hair.

      Good luck! Have fun experimenting with colors! It gets easier the more you dye it.

  15. QUESTION:
    my dog chews his skin until there's no hair and sores?
    I have a medium sized mixed breed dog, he has a beautiful coat, but for the past year he has been chewing the top of his butt and base of his tail so much he has oozing sores and cries. I took him to the vet and he said it might be weather allergies and gave me medications which we used and it cleared up the sores but as soon as the meds were done he instantly chewed again. that was winter.. now its spring, so how is this weather? We put flea meds on him and i dont see fleas. i can't stand him being in pain but he can't be on medication constantly because of his stomach lining. What can cause a dog to chew so much with no fleas? (and we bathe him either every week or every other week with expensive doggy shampoo) We are taking him back again to the vet asap but i was just curious if anyone else had this same experience?
    oh and for the bathing part, my vet told me to bathe twice a week! i asked him it that was too much and he said it would keep everything clean.So im not sure what to do in the bathing department, and an allergy test seems to be the next course of action!

    • ANSWER:
      There are so many possibilities, here are a few:
      -Environmental allergies including dust, mold, cleaning products, dyes, perfumes, natural fibers like cotton, cats, plants (indoor or outdoor), etc.
      -Products designed to prevent or kill fleas can cause skin irritation.
      -Improper bathing, over bathing, or shampoo containing dyes, scents, oatmeal, detergents, or chemicals can cause skin irritation.
      -Food allergies, most commonly wheat, soy, gluten, chicken, beef, egg, and dairy. Although almost any food your dog eats regularly could be causing an allergy.
      -Stress, lack of exercise, or anxiety can cause compulsive behaviors like excessively licking or chewing fur or skin.

      Since steroids helped, it is probably an allergy, however it can take months of trial & error to figure it out. Some vets offer allergy testing to find out what your dog s allergic to, which is much easier. The test can be 0-0, but you will easily spend that much in food & product trying to figure it out on your own. One of my customers had a dog with this issue and after two years of trying everything they could think of without success, they finally had their dog allergy tested. It turned out the dog was allergic to cotton. The dog was reacting to the cotton linens it slept on.

      So start by evaluating both your home and your dogs diet for potential problems. Eliminate one thing at a time (or you will never know what the cause really was). Remember that allergy symptoms take 2-3 months to go away. Otherwise, seek out a vet that can allergy test your dog.

  16. QUESTION:
    I just semi-dyed my hair,and I think i may have an allergic reaction?
    When I breath my chest and throatish area hurt? Am i having one, Im veryy scarred because my mom was allergic!

    • ANSWER:
      okay what i need you to do it to just relax and try to control your breathing... Now im not sure if your allergic to the dye itself or if you having a reaction to the fumes. If there is someone in the house ask them to stay near you for a little bit. What i need you to do is to wash all the remaining dye out of your hair as quickly as you can with warm water. But remember to keep focusing on your breathing and try to keep relaxed. If someone is with you they can look at your scalp while removing the dye. If they find red patches of skin you will need to go to the ER or call 911. The red patches are known as hives and normally appear when your body is having an allergic reaction. If there are no red patches on your head or neck, check the rest of your body for hives. If you dont have anyone one with you at home start talking to yourself. just the simple act of talking or scream or making noise is a sign that Your throat is in fact not swelling up and your okay. If at any time your throat begins to swell, your tongue swells, or you feel as though you cant breath call 911. If you presently are having a hard time breathing I would suggest you lay down on the floor. Place your thumbs on your check bones and grasp your bottom jaw and push up. By doing this, it will help keep your airway open and easier to breath. (if your doing it right your cheekbones are going to hurt a little bit) If you can breath and no hives are present. Keep rinsing the dye out of your hair, use shampoo if you need to. Open the windows might help to clear the air if in fact its the smell of the dye that is bothering you. I hope this helps. Please remember to stay calm and call 911/ go to the ER if you find hives or are having trouble breathing.

      ** if you do end up taking medication let someone know the amount and time just incase you do need to call. 911.
      and it wouldnt hurt to see a doctor and have a simple allergy test done to see what you are allergic to.

  17. QUESTION:
    My dog has a skin irritation due to food allergy and he keeps ripping his hair out!?
    An allergy test is to expensive and we have changed his food to a super hypoallergenic veterinarian brand. We give him medicine to stop it but he keeps ripping out his fur. How can I stop him from doing this?
    the vet told me he had a food allergy and he used to get bad ear infections because of it when we feed him regular dog food. We have been taking him to the vet and paid hundreds of dollars, I just want y'all to know that we aren't neglecting him. I just want to find a cure or something to give him a little relief.

    • ANSWER:
      Why would you assume food and assume hypoallergenic food does the trick? Do an elimination diet so if it's food you stop feeding it. It could very well be environmental allergies too or even thyroid disease.

      ADD - Without an allergy test, your vet - as well as anyone else - can not say what the allergy is to. The steps might seem time consuming but they're worth it:

      1. Elimination diet - this means the dog eats only ONE protein source, one vegetable and if must be one grain for kibble. Wellness simple solutions or california naturals might be good kibble choices. It's a lot easier to do with a homecooked or raw diet. The dog can only eat this one source for at least 6-8 weeks. If he clears up by week 8 then you can try adding in 1 more protein source. If he didn't clear up, you have to change the source entirely. That's why home cooked or raw make it easier plus eliminates the chance of preservatives, food storage mites, or dyes being the allergen culprits. In 6-8 weeks, you don't need to worry about deficiencies yet, you just need to make sure there's a calcium source like raw bones. I don't know if you want to get that involved in this but it is the easiest way to determine and avoid food allergies.

      2. After the food trial, if you exhausted it and see no changes, assume environmental. My dog is allergic to grass, dust mites, pine trees, dander, and some weeds. The vet originally had her on a plant steroid called beta-thyme which tries to balance the immune system (allergies mean a hyperactive immune system, usually from too much suppression and/or genetic - like a star that goes supernova) I changed her pill to neem leaf capsules - she is 100% better. I give my 25 lb dog 950 mg twice a day. But the raw diet I feed her I believe helps also.
      Wipe off the paws with plain water or aloe mixed with water after he's been outside. An expensive but very effective body suit called K9 Lycra body suit can help keep allergens off him.

      3. If you're still having skin problems, consider testing the thyroid with hemopet.org (because they are most accurate and low expensive compared to other labs) Some dogs with hypothyroidism (very easy and cheap to treat) have bad skin or allergies.

      4. You can also look into vitamin therapy which has helped some dogs with these issues. Vitamin A therapy, Zinc, C, and omega 3. The yahoo group k9nutrition is very helpful for that.

  18. QUESTION:
    Im a 18 yr old boy and i have scattered grays in my hair. I want to keep them covered until im at least 30...
    any suggestions on how I could do this?
    I usually like getting my hair short on the sides and normal on top.
    I was wondering if it is possible for me to dye my hair for 12 years and still have healthy hair. I just wouldn't feel
    comfortable showing my grays until im 30. please name some products that I could use. Also if I dye my hair for 12 years, could this cause balding? Also if the gray roots start to show again when i get my hair cut what should i do or use? Im freaking out someone please help me with my questions!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Natural Gray Hair Cover Up

      Looking for an easy, inexpensive way to color gray hair--without the use of harsh chemicals--try a Sage Rinse!
      Choose one of the hair rinse recipes below and wash your hair pouring the selected rinse through your hair several times, re-rinsing with the same liquid. On the final rinse, wring hair, and leave for 15 minutes before rinsing with clear water.

      2. To make a strong rosemary & sage tea use equal amounts of rosemary & sage to 1 cup of water, combine ingredients and steep for 10 minutes, strain and use liquid for the colorant.

      NOTE: These processes must be repeated daily for a few weeks before you notice any changes. A great benefit is there is never a color-line--it is a soft, subtle change in color.
      -------------------------------------------------

      The Big Resistance

      One of the biggest reasons today s men color their hair is to hide the gray. What most don t know is that gray hair is resistant to hair color. In order for hair color to penetrate gray hair a special additive is added to the hair color formula. Generally if your gray is shiny your hair is probably resistant. Look for a hair color product that is specifically formulated for coloring gray hair if yours is resistant.

      If you re one of the lucky ones who don t have this type of hair, you can cover your gray with just about any hair-coloring product that is on the market today.

      The Difference In Coloring Products

      Now that you know what type of gray hair you have, you may be asking yourself what s the difference in all of the hair coloring products?

      Temporary hair color only lasts until your next shampoo. This is an excellent choice for guys who aren t sure if covering their gray is right for them. A word of caution however, if you choose a shade that is more than one shade darker than your natural hair color it will not wash out in one shampooing.

      A semi-permanent hair color will last through 6-12 shampoos and are another excellent choice for those who don t want to keep the new hair color. As with the temporary products, never go more than one shade darker unless you want permanent results.

      Permanent hair color is just that, permanent. The only way to get rid of this type of coloring is to grow it out, recolor it or shave it all off. This is a good choice for guys who don t want the fuss of having to color their hair so much and like the color change. Keep in mind that you will need to have touch-ups done ever 6-8 weeks.

      The How To s

      Once you have decided on the product that is right for you, your first step is to do an allergy test just to make sure you are allergic to the hair color product. You will find directions for this inside your product s box.

      Once you have done the allergy test, mix the dye by following the product s directions and using the gloves provided.

      Next, apply a petroleum jelly around your hairline and cover with cotton balls to prevent any excess dye from getting on your skin.

      Apply the dye mixture beginning at the roots and working your way out to the tips. Be sure to work in small sections of your hair completely saturating every strand.

      To help the dye penetrate even better, place the plastic cap provided with your product over your hair and secure with a hair clip. If your product did not come with a hair cap you can either purchase one ahead of time or you can use plastic kitchen wrap.

      Depending on the product, you will want to leave the hair color in for the amount of time stated on the directions. Generally at most 20-25 minutes. Remember the more time the dye is in your hair, the darker the color. Also keep the dye in for longer than the product s recommendation could result in severely damaged hair.

      Once the time is up, remove the cotton balls and rinse the dye from your hair until the water runs clear.

      Next, apply the conditioner found with your product to your hair. Leave the conditioner in for at least two minutes and then rinse thoroughly. Finally, towel dry hair.

      Now just style your hair as usual and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. If you ve chosen a semi-permanent to permanent color, invest in a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically meant for color-treated hair to prevent premature fading and keep your color look fresh and new.

      On a final note: If you re color turned out to be far from what you had imagined, seek the help of a professional hair colorist. He or she can help correct the mistake or at the very least, give you advice on where to go from there.

      HOPE I HELPED
      GOD BLESS

  19. QUESTION:
    10 points - first time dying hair advice and suggestions (:?
    10 points of course(: just include the following!

    1. the Drugstore Hair Color Brand you recommend
    2. why you recommend that brand
    3. tips for before I dye my hair
    4. tips for during the hair dye process
    5. tips for after the hair dye process
    6. how to choose the right color

    About my hair:

    Color: Medium Brown - I want it a darker brown
    Texture: Curly/Wavy/Dry
    Length: Long

    • ANSWER:
      1. I've used many dyes - good and bad! Garnier Nutriese, Nice and Easy and L'Oreal are good brands. I would highly recommend Garnier Nutriesse for a brilliant brunette range, however

      2. Garnier have a wide range of various shades for brunette hair so it's easy to find the shade you most want to suit. It also has the best conditioner and always left my hair feeling soft and silky plus looking thick, shiny and soft too! Doesn't fade much and would only need a top up at the roots depending on how much your hair grows and yours roots show.

      3. Find the right shade, if you are stuck between two then go for the lighter of the two options. You already know what kind of colour you want and you are already brunette so it should suit your skin tone fine. You are also researching too. Read up on the box when looking for the dye and as you are brand new to dying your hair then take care and do the 48 patch test to check for any allergy. Judge how many boxes you need by your hair length and thickness.

      4. Dye your hair when it needs a wash or when clean but make sure you don't condition it on the day you are dying as it repeals the dye. Read the box instructions! Put Vaseline around your head and ears before dying so that any excess can be wiped off easily and you can avoid staining. Wear old clothes and wear the gloves provided. It may be best to ask somebody to apply it for you to make sure you cover your whole head - once you get used to doing it, you'll be fine to apply it yourself. If you haven't a willing person then apply it in front of a mirror and just comb through when finished and make sure the hair is completely covered! Be careful of the hair around your ears, neckline and hairline as they are easy places to miss a few strands - I tend to scrape the dye around those areas and rub them into the hair. Leave the dye on for the stated time. When washing it off, ensure all dye is out by waiting until the water runs clear to stop. Use shampoo, wash again and then use the provided conditioner and wash again.

      5. Use conditioner, not that you will really experience any damage. The Garnier stuff is good... Aussie shampoo too but your hair shouldn't be effected in any way. Keep on top of roots and dye the whole head when grown out but they should last months.

      6. Pick the colour most suited to your skin tone. The shade you like, obviously and always go for the lighter shade if stuck between two or more.

  20. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what may have caused my sudden allergy to shampoo?
    In December of 2012 I bought a new shampoo and conditioner by Loreal. I got hives on my face ,chest,stomach,back,and arms after using it. I got a different shampoo and got the same results.I tried no shampoo ...still got hives. Through trying various shampoos bodywashes and facial cleansers I realized I was now reacting to everything I tried including products for sensitive skin and even dye/fragrance free items. Soon after this I began reacting to my clothes. I switched to a free and clear detergent which has been fine. The only product I do not react to in the shower is ivory soap. I now wash my hair with a natural method using baking powder and apple cider vinegar diluted by water( I found this idea online while searching for all natural shampoo) this is very frustrating , I really miss shampoo that lathers. Anybody have an idea what would cause sudden reactions like this ? I am 31 and never had sensitivities like this prior to dec 2012.

    • ANSWER:
      The first thing is you might not be allergic to anything at all. There are other possible causes od urticarial rash (hives) on showering, and I'd particularly wonder about physical urticaria and cholinergic urticaria. These usually aren't allergic conditions at all, and are triggered by temperature change or sweating. You do say you still got the reaction with no shampoo, and from what you say I think that's the likeliest cause. I've linked DermNet pages about urticarias. Treatment is usually with antihistamines.

      If you *always* get it with these products and *never* get it when you aren't using them, then yes, you might have a contact sensitivity.

      You can never say why someone develops it, just that some people do. If you do have a contact sensitivity, it won't go away, and the only thing you can do is avoid it, once you know what it is.

      You'd need to see a dermatologist for patch testing.

      The usual test for this is patch testing, where a dermatologist puts about 30 patches containing common sensitisers on your skin, and sees if you react. The commonest one with shampoos and shower products is probably Balsam of Peru, which is an ingredient for a lot of products.

  21. QUESTION:
    Do Allergies Protect or Increase Cancer ?
    - Allergy May Protect from Cancer (True or False
    - Allergy may increase some forms of Cancer (True or False

    • ANSWER:
      Numerous studies dating back at least two decades have explored the idea of a link. Most have found that compared with the general population, people with common allergies like hay fever, asthma and eczema do have a slightly decreased risk of some cancers, though it is not clear why. Danish researchers tracked nearly 17,000 adults who were tested from 1984 to 2008 for contact allergies that is, contact with metals, poison ivy, hair dyes or other chemicals caused them to develop skin irritation. After monitoring the subjects long-term health and cross-checking their records against a cancer registry, the scientists found that people with contact skin allergies had lower rates of breast and skin cancer.

      The researchers also found an association between contact allergies and increased risk for bladder cancer.. Obviously more studies are needed.

      http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/18/really-the-claim-allergies-reduce-the-risk-of-cancer/#

  22. QUESTION:
    Debating taking my pet to a vet specialty hospital?
    My dog has had a terrible skin condition since he was a year old (he's now 5). I've been back and forth to the vet multiple times. We've done cortisone shots, prednisone pills, anti fungal pills, antibiotics, dye free salmon based dry diet, medicated shampoo. The list goes on and it never fully clears. It just lessens for about a week and builds back up until it's time for another shot. My vet has basically given up and seems to take "same ol' routine" attitude.

    After this last shot I questioned the vet if there was someone else he recommend me seeing. He quickly agreed to give me a referral to a veterinary allergist. The closest one is a 2.5 hr drive away and at a university.

    I guess now I'm just concerned as to how much this is going to kill my wallet. Has anyone ever been through anything similar? Am I going to have to fork out a couple of thousand just to have test ran, and return home with the same miserable and tortured dog? Please don't get me wrong; I provide and care for my pet to the fullest, and I will go to any length for some comfort and well being for my baby! It's the not knowing what to expect that is freaking me out a bit. Then again when it's 0-0 each time he flairs up, it may be worth a final go. Like I mentioned it's just the not knowing.

    The poor little thing gets absolutely miserable though, so I guess any effort would be worth it. He has lost all of the hair on his chest, shoulders, side of his face, and the bends of his back legs. His stomach is red and hot to touch, he constantly has yellow dander falling off of his body (I sweep up a great amount covering the bottom of a dust pan almost daily), and he scratches until he bleeds and cries on his chest and back.

    Today has been the 2nd day since his cortisone shot. Fortunately he has found some peace. Although I've caught him scratching a little, I've managed to scoop him up quickly and pet him until it passes. He's rested well through out the day and has even gained a little of his playfulness back. I know it's just a matter of time though until we're back in the same boat.

    This is a stressful time for all of us so any input would be appreciated. Has anyone been through (or know someone who has) something like this? Anyone taken a pet to an allergist?
    I know I typically shouldn't change his diet, but we do vary between two foods. I give him a dye free, salmon, low grain diet dry food. "Taste of the wild" If I can get my hands on it though I give him Castor and Pollux grain free and poultry free dry food.

    The place they want me to go is the veterinary hospital and North Carolina State University.
    ugh typos. Veterinary hospital of North Carolina State University. Not two separate places. NC state actually has a huge veterinary department and apparently the new facility is the biggest on the east coast. If there is one place I would be beyond confident going it's there. State has a great rep for its vet department.

    • ANSWER:
      My goodness...your story is similar to mine. University hospitals are very good, and not as expensive as you'd think. I was at Cornell before, and praise the staff there. However a specialist like a dermatologist vet, I saw two (not with any univeristy), and both were very expensive and very disappointing..but everyone is different.

      You should get your dog tested for allergies. I went through heska.com. My vet talked the price down to 0. But worth every single penny.. she has so many different allergies including environmental, that trying to do eliminations on my own was impossible.

      The prednisone and antibiotics are wrecking havoc on his natural defenses. He needs his immune system balanced, not over stimulated or suppressed. I'm exploring plant sterols and sterolins right now and also a drug called Atopica. But *first* you need to figure out if it is indeed allergies or something like a MRSA infection.

      Having an allergy dog is quite expensive..vets did a lot of trial and error..a lot of prednisone and antibiotics...the holistic vets I saw did a lot of supplements and herbs, and treatments that didn't work. But I got something called "k9 lycra body suit". It's over but very helpful for skin problems.

      I recommend joining this group
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/Canineallergiessolutions/

      The most important advice I can give you, is to go slow. Try to allow the dog's own body to get into balance using good nutrition (I have to feed a raw food diet, because my dog has mold and mold mite allergies, and just can't eat any kibble). I really feel for you..I went through that waiting "a matter of time until we're back in the same boat" over and over.. and I've cried many nights. Give your closest university a call, I think you'll be pleased with the price and people there.

      My dog's allergic to dust mites, mold/storage mites, grass (every single type of grass in my area except bermuda..I was surprised at so many different types of grass!), pine trees, pork, rabbit and two types of weeds. Feel free to send me an email..I can tell you all about what we tried and what didn't work...and what might work.

      ADD:
      I definately think you should go ahead with NC university. Totally grain free will be best, grains aggrevate yeast and bacteria (common secondary infections to allergies)

      let me see what else........after you test, if your dog is only allergic to one or two things in the enivironment, you can try allergy shots, most owners say the shots don't cure but they do help a lot to lessen the severity...but they can be a life long thing. Since my dog has so many allergies, I may only do allergy shots for her greatest ones and hardest to avoid (grass and dust mites). I hope you join that yahoo group, I post there a lot and there's some very caring/supportive people there.

      Oh also, things like thyroid disease and Cushings can cause these skin allergies, and those are so easy to treat!! So the uni will test for those things. I went through hemopet.com to test the thyroid though.

      Add2:
      I hope you don't mind this long answer, I just want to help, having gone through this (and still) myself...
      Every dog is different but here's what my vets tried that DIDN'T work
      1. prednisone
      2. antibiotics (5 different kinds, given 4 weeks at a time, one was given at almost triple the dose for her weight)
      3. therapeutic vitamin A (some allergy dogs do respond to this though)
      4. therapeautic zinc (again, some dogs respond well to it, a vet needs to prescribe dose)
      5. laser therapy
      6. benadryl
      7. zyrtec
      8. EFAs, lipids and cholestrol applied on the skin (the oil seemed to irritate her greatly..locked in bacteria)
      9. various prescription shampoos (virbac), cool tar/mentol shampoo, allergy specific shampoos..they are good for secondary infections though.
      10. apple cider vinegar...has sugar in it, just makes yeast and hurt her stomach
      11. therpeautic dose of vitamin C....again works for some dogs and C is an antihistamine. it can cause some pain when urinating though.
      12. homeopathy....some dogs skin allergies seem helped with sulphur though, didn't help my dog

      Things that seem to help
      1. colloidal silver internally (very good at keeping infections at bay)
      2. raw diet (because of her specific needs)
      3. calendula cream
      4. k9 body suit, rinsing it every day in the sink to get the pollen/mites off, I notice a difference if I don't rinse it
      5. gently wiping her feet and skin with either coconut oil or plain water
      6. omega 3
      7. probiotics
      8. MSM (antiinflammatory)

      And will be starting sterols and atopica soon.

  23. QUESTION:
    I Hate School Now, and I Don't Feel Like Going Anymore. Help?
    Well, right now, I just feel like a total mess.
    As a freshman, I am just entering my second semester at my high school. And so far, so many problems are just coming up. First of all, I have a skin condition called eczema, and so far, it's ruining my life. I go to school having to deal with this aching itch all day, and sometimes it hurts so bad. I sit in a desk for over an hour which makes my pants and belt dig into my skin, worsening it. I become so miserable during the day, I just want to go home and cry.
    Then, I have friends. I have a best friend, but lately, we seem to be growing apart. Ever since we got to high school, she got a boyfriend and we've been sort of distant. Lately, I have been texting her with no avail of an answer back. And I know she has her phone because she is constantly texting her boyfriend. I'm friends with him don't get me wrong, but her and I just haven't been as close. All other friends I have already seem to be doing well with each other and I don't really fit in.
    My school just started the semester last Tuesday, but because of my eczema, I had to be out ever since that day. So, I've been absent for 6 days in a row from school. Now, with my eczema and my distant friends, I just don't feel like returning to school.
    I know I need an education, so I am pushing myself to go because of that. But that isn't enough. I slug through the day pretending to be happy, when in reality, I'm miserable. What do I do?
    P.S.
    Every time I'm at school, my stomach turns and becomes really upset. I don't know why, but it makes me really uncomfortable at school. Sometimes in the morning, it's a chore for me to wake up to get ready for school because I dread it.

    • ANSWER:
      Silly goose eczema is easily treated. But first make sure its not seborrheic dermatitis.
      I suggest you ask your mom to take you to your reg. doctor or a dermatologist and get the following:
      Prescription for a two-week course of a topical immunomodulator like Elidel, which blocks inflammation.
      If you're also experiencing some itching, you could have contact dermatitis,
      a reaction to a particular allergen. Common culprits are chemical sunscreens, certain cosmetic preservatives, hair dyes, and fragrances.
      Do a patch test to determine if you have a skin allergy, and then they will give you a list of products to avoid (once you do, the redness should clear up quickly).
      If your redness has developed suddenly and it's not contact dermatitis, I might suggest getting a blood test to rule out an autoimmune disease like lupus.

      I hope one of them helps. Trust me once your skin clears up, you'll be more than happy to show up at school! ^__^

  24. QUESTION:
    what do you think is wrong??? medical question.?
    okay now before you say oh you're just a meth head or druggie head i promise im not and i am going to the doctors on Monday so don't say just go to the doctors either. i would just like your personal opinion but no mean answers and such.

    Okay so i had bleached hair. just recently i decided to go back to black. so i did. of course my hair is like freaking dead as hell. but then about a day later i noticed that my left ear was red. i was like okay maybe i scratched it or something. then when i woke up the next morning it was swollen and red and is really sensitive. i was just hoping that it would go away. then when i wake up this morning i feel like the top part of my scalp has liquid in it and a bit heavy. i was freaking out AND my ear was still red and swollen. i have no idea what is wrong.

    so could you please give me your opinion what is wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      This could be an allergy to the hair dye. No kidding. You should do a skin test on your arm with a dye before you use it. You say your hair is "dead". Try Clairol Hydrience in the future.It is great on hair. But right now you need to find out from the doctor what caused this feeling and swelling. If it was the dye, you might need to steer clear of them. Best of luck to you.

  25. QUESTION:
    Itchy scalp after henna & indigo?
    I dyed my hair with henna and indigo. I made sure that they were both pure and organic as I know the dangers of using the poor quality brands - ppds, mineral salts etc. I did an allergy test - no reaction whatsoever.

    Before dying my hair I had a tiny bit of dandruff.. as I heard that henna can help eliminate a flaky scalp, I thought it d would clear it up nicely. After dying my hair, my hair looks and feels great and the condition seems to have improved dramatically... but I have such an itchy, flaky scalp.. it's driving me nuts!! Any ideas as to how to stop this as I am not going to use chemical dyes. Also, head and shoulders shampoo is out of the question... it has always made my dandruff worse.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Could be either too much acid in your henna paste makes your scalp dry, and it's temporary, or just lingering bits of plant powder are still in your hair. Summertime hennas always make my head itchy for a day, i think sweat holds the henna powder in so it takes longer to wash out.

      Wash with a clarifying shampoo twice, and really scrub your nails against your scalp, then rinse for a long time. Next time you may want to water down your lemon juice or use orange juice or black tea in your henna.


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