Skin Allergies: November 2006 Archives

Cosmetic Manufacturers Obliged To List Ingredients

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cosmeticsCosmetic manufactures are required to list the ingredients of the products they are marketing, according to Canada's legislation.

"It's going to be phased in over the next two years to allow cosmetics companies to use up current stock while designing new labels for the ingredients. It's going to allow the Canadian public to make more informed choices and avoid cosmetics containing ingredients which they may be sensitive to," announced a spokesperson for Health Canada.

"In addition, physicians will be able to refer to an ingredient by its one name for the purpose of treatment or incident reporting. Now absolutely everything that's in the product is going to have to be written on the label," the spokesperson explained.

Dust mite allergy

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dust mitesDid you know that you could be sharing your bed with anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million dust mites? These microscopic organisms, which are related to spiders, live in many homes. Too small to see with the naked eye, dust mites thrive in warm, humid environments — eating dead skin cells and nesting in dust-collecting bedding, fabric, carpet and furnishings.

The residue that dust mites leave behind in the form of their feces and decaying bodies mixes with dust and becomes airborne. If you aren't allergic to dust mite residue, it's not harmful. But if you are, inhaling the residue can cause bothersome allergy symptoms, including wheezing, sneezing, watery eyes and runny nose.

One treatment for dust mite allergy is avoidance — that is, taking measures to minimize the number of dust mites in your home. Your doctor may also recommend allergy medications or allergy injections.