Truths About Atopic and Allergic Dermatitis

I was planning to write today about red skin syndrome (RSS). I had written most of the post, but then started to find information from the other side of the debate about topical steroids, and didn’t feel comfortable making statements about it as fact. Instead, I’ll leave some links at the bottom of this page […]


Allergies Interfering with Life: Homeschooling Basics Part 2

←Allergies Interfering with Life: Homeschooling Basics Part 1 – I try to provide a basic overview of homeschooling for those parents of allergic kids considering homeschooling to help mediate allergies. How do I know which curriculum to use? Curriculum choices will depend on your child’s age, learning style, and interests. One great thing about homeschooling is that […]


Allergies Interfering with Life: Homeschooling Basics

Recently there have been a large number of people asking questions about homeschooling. With the start of the new school year, children’s allergies are acting up, and those who can’t find a solution for the renewed school allergies are considering other options. Having homeschooled my own daughter for a year now, I’d like to provide […]


New Life for Old Clothing: Moving Forward

I have been spending a lot of time trying to figure out how to adjust my clothing use and my wardrobe to reduce my allergic reactions. My daughter and husband can still wear polyester, even though my propylene glycol allergy means that polyester and possibly spandex are off the table for me. More than half […]


More Fabric Allergy Fun: The Follow-Up to Sick and Itchy – with Spandex!

On Monday, I wrote about allergies to propylene glycol and their connection to polyester. Since last week’s all night blanket-making fiasco, I’ve had some results, and learned a few more things. First, along with changing to the new blanket and getting well enough to sleep in my own bed again, I’ve been trying to wear […]


The Long, Itchy Night

Thursday night while trying to recover from a bad cold, I stayed up all night and sewed a blanket. You see, I’d been sleeping reclined on the couch for a few nights to try to stay more upright while my body fought the cold. I slept on our leather sofa, in a half-sleeve, cotton-poly blend […]


Allergy to Parabens

What are Parabens? Parabens are preservatives used in cosmetics, toiletries, and other personal care products to prevent bacterial growth and thus increase product longevity. The group of “paraben” chemicals are similar in that they all contain the base “paraben” molecule but each has different numbers of carbon and hydrogen atoms joined to one branch of […]


Patch Testing

Note: Sorry for the delay in posting, I was sick yesterday and unable to get the blog posting up. There is a plethora of information online about chemical allergies and chemical allergens. When considering whether these might be a problem for you, searching out answers is difficult. Some doctors will resist patch testing and some […]


Allergy Symptom Check-In

It’s been a year now since I first noticing weirder allergy symptoms, and since I started pushing harder to get a new doctor. It’s been one year since I found a doctor who would listen to me and take me seriously, and actually help me look for answers. My old doctor is still putting on […]


Reconciling Activities and Allergies

Since finding out about my allergies, there are a lot of things I’ve avoided doing because I know it would cause a flare-up. For people around me, they would never consider these things a problem, but I’m always thinking about how to avoid rashes. Go figure. My husband and I recently celebrated an anniversary. When […]