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Posted on: Fri, 09/27/2002 - 3:05am
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We can not use the Tide detergent but also can not use the SAMS choice detergent that you buy from Wal-Mart. My DD gets sneezy and very itchy from that. She does not have the allergy. Just a quick note a lot of my family reacts to Febreeze also. Take care and good luck claire

Posted on: Sat, 09/28/2002 - 3:04pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Tucker's mom:
[b]We use Tide Free exclusively. Tucker stays exczema free when he is at home. It is when he goes other places he gets it, so we are looking at wool, and other contact materials that may be causing it.[/b]
tuckersmom, I am 28 years old and have had severe allergies and excema my whole life. I was/am SEVERELY allergic to wool, in fact, any animal product whatsoever. I can really only wear 100% cotton or completely manufactured fabrics. My parent's didn't believe me when I was little and made me wear a new wool dress to school for my kindergarten school picture. I had such a severe reaction to it that they had to pick me up from school. I look at that picture now and think of how miserable I was. My DH and kids can't wear wool or anything animal related either or else I can't touch them, or the wool contaminates the other clothes in the laundry.
As far as detergent goes with excema, for all of you parents of children with atopic dermatitis. I am allergic to all of them. I am allergic to soap in general, as many of us are. The perfumes, the lye, the additives, I just cannot use any of it. I can use Tide, but the only reason is because that's what my mom always use. I feel that I built up a tolerance to it over my life, and if I switch detergents, regardless of what the package says, I have a severe reaction. Same goes with shampoo and any kind of "soapy" product. So, you may want to check with your child's dermatologist, but I would for one suggest that you find something you can live with and then use it exclusively. If my mom had switched around, I would probably still be having lots of problems from the laundry, but, like I said, I believe I have built up a tolerance to the Tide. Tried to check myself one time with the Arm and Hammer and was miserable. Same with Cheer. I've learned my lesson, LOL.
Best of luck
Vanessa

Posted on: Sat, 09/28/2002 - 9:15pm
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I stopped using Tide a while ago when I read about the peanuts on this site, my daughter had a little eczema over it. I now use Sunlight, even though when I called them to inquire if it has peanut oil, the girl laughed in my face and said we don't have food products in our soaps, I asked her to please check before she makes these statements and she finally said she would and said she would call me back and never ever did. But I'm still using it because it does good.

Posted on: Tue, 10/01/2002 - 1:54am
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Vanessa:
I find it interesting that you're allergic to all soaps but not Tide. I never had a reaction to laundry detergent of any kind, but as an adult, I have found I can't use any kind of soap, whatsoever, on my face. I break out in a horrible rash and deep cystic acne almost instantly. Even with the mildest stuff (like Cetaphil). My mom always told me that Water was the best cleaner and she is right. I have soft skin, no wrinkles and no rashes from simply using water. But I don't have any problem with any detergent, even though my son reacts very badly to Tide and has no problems with soap! Go figure.
~Melanie

Posted on: Tue, 10/01/2002 - 3:34pm
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Melanie, I really think it's a matter of conditioning, that I've used it since my mom used it on my things as a baby, so it's what my body is used to. Anything else, bam, rash. I even tried to change shampoos one time to pantene, and I ended up having a rash everywhere the water ran down as I was rinsing it out (imagine that! YIKES! LOL)
And you know, it's the strangest thing, every dermatologist I've ever had has told me to use Cetaphil, but it makes me itch worse than almost anything on the planet and outright makes my skin burn! Go figure???
Vanessa

Posted on: Tue, 10/01/2002 - 7:50pm
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After reading these posts, it would be unkindly of me not to let you all in on my little secret:
Shisedo.
Since I was 14 I have been using thier products, specifically "Foaming facial cleanser". It can be found at Marshal Field's counter. A tube lasts me about 6 months. I use the size of a pea to cleanse my face. It costs about 27 dollars a tube. Considering I use this product alone and nothing else (i'm not into toners, balancers, blah blah blah, if you get my drift), it is a bargain as well as a special treat to myself. When I run out and start using other stuff around the house, I begin to break out and get little bumps on my face. A day or two of this and I'm
"cured". [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Side note: I never could use Pantene either, since it was heavily perfumed.
Best hair product I have found: Aussie Shampoos and Conditioners. I buy the supersize at Wal-Mart.

Posted on: Wed, 10/02/2002 - 12:52am
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I have no choice but to use shampoo as my hair is very long, even if I react to it (bad sometimes, if I switch shampoos). I have the BEST results with Paul Mitchell's Tea Tree Shampoo ~ in that it keeps me from having bad seborric dermatis breakouts. Best conditioner (ESPECIALLY with the Tea Tree) is the Herbal Essences Rose Conditioner. Very good combination, but I also have no choice but to wear my hair up. Have to keep skin contact to a minimum (which is why I wear it long) to keep from rashes. I can't NOT use conditioner, either, and I react way worse to other products.
The Pantene, I might add, not only made my scalp itch like crazy and my face break out around the hairline, but it made my hair break off in huge clumps. Nightmarish, when your hair is as strong and healthy as mine usually is!
~Melanie

Posted on: Wed, 10/02/2002 - 3:24am
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Quote:Originally posted by MommaBear:
[b]Best hair product I have found: Aussie Shampoos and Conditioners. I buy the supersize at Wal-Mart.[/b]
I haven't tried Aussie shampoo or conditioner, but watch out for their "Real Volume Leave-In Volumizer". I used it for several months, and then developed eczema for the first time in my life. I had no idea what the problem was, but the itchiness on the back of my neck, insides of my elbows and backs of my knees was awful. It turns out that this product contains some derivative of almonds, which at the time I didn't realize I was allergic to.
I stopped using the product to see if the my eczema would improve, and it did improve dramatically, and rarely bothered me at all. Six months later I asked my allergist to test me for allergies to soy and all nuts, and only then did I find out I was allergic to almonds, and suddenly the problem I had with the Aussie volumizer made sense.
I completely eliminated almonds from my diet (I had been occasionally eating those Honey Nut Cheerio Cereal Bars), and the remaining slight bit of eczema cleared up once and for all.
Debbie

Posted on: Wed, 10/02/2002 - 3:59am
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DRobbins,
Never used the volumizer, just the 3 minute conditioner and Mega shampoo. Thanks for the info I'll keep it away from my son. PA/TNA.
I used to break out in a terrible rash when I was little. It only happened when we used "Mr. Bubbles". I still shudder when I pass by a container of it today.

Posted on: Mon, 10/07/2002 - 2:29am
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[I used to break out in a terrible rash when I was little. It only happened when we used "Mr. Bubbles". ]
Funny. Mr. Bubble was the ONLY bubble bath we could use which I didn't break out from! Never tried it on my daughter, because she hates baths anyway, but it has never affected my PA son.
My mom had tried using some generic bubble bath one time (cheaper, of course) and she flipped out when after my bath, I was covered head to toe in god aweful red/purple hives. She switched back to Mr. Bubble right away.
I have discovered something recently, though. I ran out of my Tea Tree Shampoo (my favorite, as everything else makes me itch like crazy and get welts on my scalp) and tried the good old Johnson's and Johnson's Baby Wash on my hair (not the shampoo, the "wash"). I've been using it for days (with no conditioner) and I haven't been itching or anything. My hair feels drier than usual, but I'm also not bothering to brush it either, so who cares!
Just thought I'd share that with the rest of you "soap and shampoo" sensitive folks. The Baby Wash has been pretty gentle. I even washed my face with it a couple days ago and haven't broke out!
~Melanie

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