“Skintimate” Problems: Skin Issues Related to Underwear, Sex & Other Things That Might Embarrass You (But Shouldn’t)

Skin problems can cause embarrassment. This can be especially true for skin problems affecting the “nether regions” — areas of the body that so many of us are taught to think of as shameful, not to be spoken of, or at least extremely private. Of course, they aren’t shameful and we should all know more about skin problems that appear on the …

LILY: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

LILY: Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Allergen. Lily (Alstroemeria) So many flowers and plants are top allergens (browse through our Allergen-Not An Allergen tab), and this beautiful bloom is no exception. Allergic contact dermatitis to Alstroemeria (or tuliposide A, the allergen in this flower) can be common in gardeners, florists, and gardening hobbyists, showing as thick, cracking, red, tender skin on fingers where …

COTTON (Unbleached, Unpreserved, Un-dyed, Untreated): Allergen or Not An Allergen?

COTTON (Unbleached, Unpreserved, Un-dyed, Untreated): Allergen or Not An Allergen?

Not An Allergen. 100% Raw, Untreated, Organic Cotton But let’s be clear: we’re talking organic, untreated cotton, from start to finish. While colored clothing is often a “red” flag (pun fully intended) because of the likely presence of dyes (which are both allergens and photo-allergens), even plain cotton fabric can be allergenic. White cotton is bleached, and several bleaches …