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The beginning of summer kicks off the camping and hiking season, anxiously awaited by those who have endured a long cold winter. This year will likely prove to be one of the busier camping seasons as many Americans bypass more expensive vacations that involve pricey airline tickets or gas guzzling road trips. Emergency department staff will probably see a greater number of people with contact dermatitis caused by exposure to poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac. Many people have never seen poison ivy , or perhaps wouldn't recognize it if they saw it. Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac belong to the plant genus Toxicodendron (previously referred to as Rhus ). Toxicodendron means "poisonous tree." These plants have an oil-based substance in the resin on their leaves and in their stems and branches called urushiol that causes a delayed skin reaction in about 50% of people that contact it. Urushiol may cause severe contact dermatitis in people that have previousl...
Have you been having reactions to your prescribed medications and you can't figure out why? Do you have food allergies to any of the most common 8 allergens as outlined by the FDA : Milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews and walnuts), fish (such as bass, cod and flounder), shellfish (such as crab, lobster and shrimp), soy and wheat? If the answer is yes to either of the above, there just may be a connection between your allergies to medications and your food allergies that you and your health care provider have overlooked. Did you know that very often the filler in pills and capsules is milk or wheat based? Or that pills even have filler ingredients such as sugar, wheat and milk? A recent issue of the journal Orthopedics has an article titled "Implication of Food Allergies and Intolerances on Medication Administration." Did you know: "Propofol (Diprivan; AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Wilmington, Delaware) is a...
Definition Hair dye poisoning occurs when someone swallows dye or tint used to color hair. This is for information only and not for use in the treatment or management of an actual poison exposure. If you have an exposure, you should call your local emergency number (such as 911) or the National Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. Alternative Names Hair tint poisoning Poisonous Ingredient Permanent dyes
Naphthylamine Other aromatic amino compounds Phenylene diamines Toluene diamines Temporary dyes
Arsenic Bismuth Denatured alcohol Lead (see lead poisoning ) Mercury Pyrogallol Silver Note: This list may not include all poisonous ingredients. Where Found Various hair dyes
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