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Metal allergies can affect dental work


teeth If you have experienced an allergic reaction to the metals in your jewelry, you may want to think twice about what your dentist puts in your mouth! Fairly inexpensive materials like nickel and chromium keep the price down on your dental work, but they can cause more pain and discomfort than they're worth.

Up to 16 percent of women and six percent of men are allergic to the metal used in costume jewelry. These same metals could cause allergic reactions in your mouth if they are used in your dental work. Metals used to make crowns, dentures, onlays and veneers can trigger mouth discomfort.

The most common metal allergy is to nickel, which is used in many dental fixtures. Patients may also experience allergic reactions to gold, chromium and molybdenum.

Protection against latex allergy and irritant


latex allergyA variety of agents, including some hand protection products, can contribute to contact dermatitis among workers. Contact dermatitis is a major problem for employees in many industries. Dermatitis is most often seen among workers involved in activities such as construction, healthcare and cleaning.

A common factor for these activities is the need for hand protection, primarily in the form of rubber gloves.

When contact dermatitis occurs, the first instinct is to blame it on the gloves.

More often than not, however, the reason for the allergic reaction is not contact with one agent but a combination of rubber and another source.

Those With Nickel Allergies Can Still Find Braces


Braces are a part of growing up for many children, but what if your child is allergic to the materials used in orthodontics, such as nickel?

Experts at Children's Mercy Hospital said those with nickel allergies can still go after that great smile and perfect bite.

Von Smith was concerned about her 11-year-old daughter, Kara, getting braces because she had severe skin reactions to nickel, which is used in the wire in most children's braces.

hardwood floorQuestion: I am getting rid of wall-to-wall carpeting because of the kids’ allergies. I want to replace it with hardwood floors. Will hardwood insulate as well as the carpet and what woods are best?

Answer: Hardwood is one of the most beautiful flooring materials and it is a natural, renewable resource. Even though wood is a reasonable insulator, it will not provide as much insulation as carpeting over a pad.

With its millions of tiny air pockets though, wood flooring does feel warm to your feet and its natural rich appearance creates a comfy ambiance. The insulation level of the flooring material does not have a significant impact upon utility bills. If your home is built over a crawl space, either insulate beneath the floor structure or the entire crawl space. For a house on a slab, insulate around the slab perimeter. If you have a basement, the temperature difference across the floor is insignificant.

The Allergens And Irritants Behind Itchy Skin


What could be the reason for skin that's inflamed, itchy, dotted with bumps or blisters?

According to the September issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource, it could be contact dermatitis, caused by exposure to an allergen or simply something that irritates the skin.

Irritants can include soaps and detergents. Even plain water can irritate skin with frequent hand washing.