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The All-in-One Guide to Skin Allergy by Age

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Skin allergies and reactions will change as you get older. Something that you were once fine about touching could become an issue for your immune system, and vice versa. There are various reasons for these changes in life, and researchers aren’t aware of them all just yet. To look after your health, you just need to know as much as possible.

When it comes to the health of your skin, you need to break down allergies and reactions over the course of decades. This won’t just protect you, but help you protect your child’s skin; especially the skin of an infant.

Here’s a look at a breakdown of skin allergies and reactions age by age. While it’s not extensive—as the research isn’t extensive yet—it will give you all the information you need to know right now.

Allergies in Babies and Infants

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Infants and children do suffer from allergies, but these allergies can be outgrown. However, it’s worth noting that allergy disorders are one of the main reasons for chronic illnesses later in life. Researchers don’t quite understand why children have allergies, whether they’re skin or food. There are various suggestions, including food exposed to in the mother’s womb, genetic conditions, and pollution in the air.

Hay fever is the most common allergy in children, with up to 25% of children and infants suffering from it. The next most common are asthma, with up to 10% of children dealing with it. Food allergies are common, but not as common as the other two. Hundreds of thousands of children miss school throughout the year because of their allergies.

Skin allergies aren’t as common as other types of allergies. However, a baby’s skin is highly sensitive. It hasn’t developed the protective layers that adult skin has over the years. This can mean even something like your laundry detergent can cause some reactions and rashes that appear as allergic reactions.

Skin allergies in babies and children are often referred to as a hypersensitive skin. These reactions can be immediate or delayed, making it harder for parents to get an idea of the reason for some rashes and skin conditions to form. There are tests that doctors can perform to help determine the exact issue.

Rashes and hives are common symptoms of all types of allergies and not just skin allergies. They can also be symptoms of other conditions. The tumbler test is important, which is when you place a clear glass tumbler over the rash to make sure it fades. If it doesn’t, there is a risk of it being something far more serious.

Children can develop rashes for all sorts of reasons. They can have dry skin conditions or may react to the change in the weather, especially as it gets colder. You should pay attention to the length of time the rash remains and whether it changes in size.

The most common triggers of allergies in children:

Insect bites, stings, and pollen are the most common outdoor irritants for children. Pet fur/hair, mold, and dust mites are the most common indoor reasons for allergies.

Peanuts, milk/dairy, and eggs are among the most common food allergies, and they can lead to some rashes and hives. Smoke, perfumes, and cigarettes are extremely common pollutants that cause allergic reactions and irritation.

Laundry detergents can be extremely common if you don’t get non-bio options. Fabric softeners can also be common irritants for babies, but as children get older, they will start to grow out of this sensitivity. Changing the laundry detergent can bring up rashes and irritations, as the body needs to get used to the new mixture.

Skin Conditions Change from the Age of 12

When children reach the age of 12, their skin allergies and rashes can start to change. Healthy skin will have a barrier by this point that helps to prevent environmental agents, pollution, and irritants from causing an issue. Most rashes are minor issues later in life, and they tend to go away on their own. It’s only in small cases that rashes will usually need medical care unless the skin has an underlying condition.

Most rashes will start around 48 hours after being in contact with an irritant. This is known as contact dermatitis and can lead to some redness and small bumps. It is possible to soothe the rashes with some ointment or moisturizing cream, helping to keep the skin hydrated and avoid flaking or blisters.

In some cases, the rash will be more severe, and large blisters can form. However, the treatments are the same, unless the irritation doesn’t disappear on its own.

As you get older, you’ll start to learn more about your skin and the type of products that cause the allergy and irritations. Sometimes you won’t see the irritation the first time. It’s only after prolonged exposure to the same irritant that the rashes can start to form.

The most annoying symptom is the itchiness on the skin. Scratching can make the rash worse, so you’ll need to find a soothing treatment. A good natural treatment is aloe vera for the vitamin E that helps with the healing and soothing process.

Common causes of contact dermatitis:

There are some poisonous plants that cause itchiness and rashes rather than other more serious issues. Oak, poison ivy, and other similar items are the most common.

Detergents, soaps, and cosmetic items are among the most problematic for teenagers and adults, especially in your earlier adult years. This is when you will spend more time experimenting with different types, meaning you’re more likely to pick up something you’re allergic to.

Some medications can also cause the problem. They can dry out the skin and imbalance the hormones, leading to a reaction from the immune system. Hives are often due to the immune system’s inflammatory response. Once the inflammation disappears, the hives will start to disappear.

As you get older, a latex allergy can become common.This is more of an issue for someone who is exposed to rubber on a regular basis. The continued exposure causes the immune system to react.

Knowing the Difference Between a Skin Allergy and Illness

As you get older, it’s common to look at a rash and think of it as something minor. You start looking at the food you’ve eaten, the laundry detergent you’re using, and other external factors. What you may not consider is an illness.

The herpes zoster virus and yeast infection rashes can look very like those of skin allergies. Impetigo and other bacterial infections can also be problematic, along with sexually transmitted infections.Many of these are more popular when you get older, due to the nature of life. Some yeast infections can be common for younger children if they do a lot of sports or if they’ve had a round of antibiotics.

Of course, parasites and insect bites can also cause rashes. These are usually common if you had problems with insect bites when you were a child or baby.

It’s also important not to overlook a heat rash. This can look very like a typical allergic reaction, but will often be larger and burn more. Most heat rashes will form where sweat pools, such as between the thighs and under the arms.

Don’t forget about yeast infections like athlete’s foot or jock itch. They can look like skin allergies, but they tend to be itchier and less burning.

Lastly, not all rashes are caused by an illness or through an allergy. Sometimes they’re caused by an imbalance in your hormones. If your stress levels are abnormally high, your immune system may be accidentally triggered. You end up breaking out in hives, making it look like you’re suffering from an allergic reaction.

Hives due to stress are highly common in adults, especially those in high-stress jobs. They’re not as common in younger children or retirees.

New Skin Allergies in the Elderly Are Uncommon

By the time you reach your 60s, your skin has been through a range of pollutants and irritants. Unless you have had a similar allergy in the past, you are less likely to develop new skin allergies in your later years. However, that doesn’t mean your skin won’t suffer.

This is the time in your life that your collagen production reduces. You’ll find you have fewer natural oils being produced, so your skin becomes drier. You’re more at risk of developing dry skin conditions and suffering from some skin ailments, like eczema and psoriasis. This can lead to issues of skin irritation and rashes.

Your medication may cause a problem. You may never have noticed the issue in the past because you didn’t have the ingredient or medication. It’s only as you start to take it regularly that you start to break out in rashes and hives. Your doctor will help to diagnose this by tracking when you see breakouts and testing other forms of medication.

Illnesses that you suffer from can also lead to some skin irritation and problems. If you have kidney or liver diseases, your body can find it harder to get rid of toxins. They build up in ways that you never experienced earlier in your life, meaning that you break out in skin allergies. They’re technically not new problems, but they seem it because of the way your body has stopped working effectively.

Risk of Skin Allergies Decrease by Age

The great news about skin allergies is that the risk of them decreases by age. The skin gains a protective layer that will help to prevent biological or pollutant irritants affecting the skin. However, that doesn’t mean everyone will avoid allergic reactions the older they get.

It is important to address any skin rashes and irritations early in life. This will help to determine any possible problems for the skin and help children to avoid the issues later in life.

However, it can look like you have new conditions. This is often because you didn’t experience the reasons for the skin allergies and issues earlier in your life.

When to Contact Your Doctor

Do you need to see your doctor about all the different skin rashes you’re getting? Well, this can depend on the reason and the severity. If you know that the breakout of a rash is due to something you’ve eaten and the symptoms aren’t life threatening, you may want to hold off speaking to your doctor. You can cut out the food and not experience the rash again. When you know it’s due to a certain beauty product; you can get rid of it and replace it with something your skin isn’t affected by.

It’s when the rashes don’t go away that you want to speak to your doctor. If you have the same rash for at least a week and the symptoms either haven’t disappeared or are getting worse, you will want to discuss this with your doctor. It could be something more serious.

If your rash is linked to an allergy, you may want to discuss it with your doctor anyway. Allergies will get worse over time, especially with repeated exposure. Even if you don’t want your doctor to do anything at first, you’ll want to make sure the allergy is noted on your records for the future. This can help a quicker diagnosis in the future when it gets worse.

Everyone is different. We all react to foods and irritants differently. Some people will not react to an insect bite, whereas others will swell up immediately. The discussion to talk to your doctor will rest with you.

Children are more likely to break out in skin allergies and issues. This is especially the case for babies and younger children. They don’t have the protective barrier on their skin as adults. They also have softer and fairer skin compared to adults. Babies and children’s skin are more susceptible to pollutants and irritants, and their bodies are more susceptible to food and other allergies leading to rash breakouts.

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Personal Growth Leads to Healthy Relationships, But Where to Focus?

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We often get the bug to take a course or get our life together. But the choices are endless and it can be hard to decide which activity or course would be best for us. This article is about putting your self to the wellness challenge. Recognizing where we are out of balance and focusing on that area will create a higher degree of wellness. And naturally, the more balanced we are personally, the better our relationships will be.

The challenge involves looking at four general areas of your life and rating how balanced your life is at this time. Caution: Examining your life in this way could lead to change! We start with the most obvious:

The Physical Self: Naturally, this involves looking at how you treat your body. Without a well nourished, rested, exercised, oxygenated body, you won’t have the energy to fully participate in your relationships. You’ve all experienced this when you’ve been sick. Not attending to this aspect of self is a way of saying, “I am not important.” Relationships require physical energy. Do you need to create more physical activity in your life?

The Emotional Self: This involves the concept of emotional intelligence or how well you handle your emotions. Are you able to access and acknowledge emotion? Have you developed the skills necessary to share feelings appropriately to create intimacy? Or do you repress uncomfortable feelings with addictive or compulsive behaviors? According to the current expert on Emotional Intelligence, Dr. Daniel Goleman, we can increase our emotional intelligence skills at any point in our lives. Only with a high degree of emotional skills can we ever hope to achieve great relationships. Do you need help in identifying and expressing feelings?

The Mental Self: This aspect of self involves paying attention to our mental needs. Like the physical self, the mind requires different things at different times. Sometimes it requires stimulation, at other times calming. Many people don’t realize they have the power to slow the mind down and to take control of their mood. Instead, they just let their mind run wild. Do you need to learn meditation, tai chi or self-hypnosis?

The Spiritual Self: In my experience with people, this aspect of self is often feared and misunderstood. Many people have shared with me that they have no spiritual beliefs, believing that because they are not practicing a religion that they are not spiritual. I explain there is a difference. And when I ask if they believe in something bigger then themselves, they always say yes. When we explore that further, they find they have more spiritual beliefs then they realized. How well do you nurture your spiritual self? How connected are you to purpose and meaning in your life? How open are you to receiving information about these things?

While all aspects of self are intertwined with one another, they are all as important as each other. Equal energy needs to be applied to each aspect to create balance. Each is critically important to the whole. Most of us favor development in some areas leaving the other areas weak and underdeveloped. As you look at your lifestyle in these respects, I’m sure it’s clear where you might be out of balance. After that, it’s about deciding to make a change. Both you and your relationships will benefit.

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Brighten Up Your Brunch Menu

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Waking up early is hardly anyone’s favorite thing to do, especially on the weekends. Instead of planning an elaborate menu for brunch with family and friends, keep your plans simple and hit that snooze button. Transform a favorite recipe with new, inspired ingredients instead of traditional brunch fare.

Try putting a twist on a classic breakfast by opting for Maple Leaf Farms Duck Bacon instead of pork bacon. It’s thick-cut, ready to cook and perfect for pairing with eggs, pastries or fruit. With a hearty taste and texture and 57 percent less fat than traditional pork bacon, duck bacon can satisfy hungry, waiting guests and give them a tasty start to their weekend.

This brunch recipe for Duck Bacon and Brie Cheese Stuffed French Toast can be thrown together in an instant with mouthwatering ingredients. The addition of duck bacon adds a unique flavor and wow-factor that can leave guests asking for more.

Find more brunch recipes and information about cooking with duck at mapleleaffarms.com.

Duck Bacon and Brie Cheese Stuffed French Toast
Recipe courtesy of Chef Ben Vaughn on behalf of Maple Leaf Farms
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Butter, for coating pan
4 large eggs
dash of salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ounce bourbon
8 slices day-old sourdough bread
8 ounces Brie cheese
12 slices Maple Leaf Farms Duck Bacon, cooked crispy
8 tablespoons melted butter, for topping
maple syrup, for topping
powdered sugar, for topping

Heat oven to 375 F. Butter baking sheet well.

In small bowl, beat eggs with salt, sugar, milk, vanilla and bourbon. Pour into flat-bottomed dish.

Submerge all bread slices in dish to soak up some of egg mixture. Work in batches, if necessary. Turn with spatula and soak other side. Do not soak too long or bread will be too saturated and difficult to handle. Gently transfer four soaked bread slices to prepared baking sheet.

Place 2 ounces cheese on each slice. Add three slices crispy bacon on top of each cheese portion.

Top with another soaked bread slice. Press filled bread together firmly.

Place baking sheet in oven; bake 15-20 minutes, turning after 8-10 minutes to brown both sides.

Serve immediately with melted butter, maple syrup and powdered sugar.

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Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass Celebrates a Decade of Wellness and Success

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Wheatgrass C.A.N. International Inc. Senior Manager- Head of Finance and Shared Service Jeffrey Fietas, Senior Marketing Manager – Corporate and Consumer Health Armi Rose Montano, Assistant Vice President- Digital Division Jeryl Bandelaria, CEO Edward Ling, CEO and Ardijansah Calayag, Vice President – Corporate and Consumer Health, Wheatgrass C.A.N. International Inc.

From influencing the Philippines’ wellness landscape to making a difference to the lives of Filipino families, Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass continues to grow by leaps and bounds and remains to be a sought- after superfood stalwart in the country.   

Founded in 2007 by Malaysian businessman Edward Ling, Wheatgrass CAN International (WCI) started with a modest beginning. Little did he know that in humble confines of a rented apartment in Dian, Makati will be the birthplace of a wellness brand that’s synonymous with vigor and vitality. As the country’s largest distributor of wheatgrass products with cleansing, alkalizing, and nourishing benefits, Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass is now considered a household name and continuously making waves in the country for over ten years.

That’s why Easy-Phamax Wheatgrass’ lifestyle-centric campaigns talk about relatable real-life situations that get to the heart of the consumers. “Sickness leads to bankruptcy, emotional pain, and ultimately suffering of the whole family. By riding on different monthly health awareness events and strategies that enhance product knowledge about wheatgrass, consumers were able to develop a serious desire to lead a healthy and active lifestyle over time. Through our consistent marketing efforts, consumers of Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass were able to discover its one of a kind health benefits, which all play a big part for the overall prevention strategy that could positively impact their future,” said Wheatgrass C.A.N. International President and CEO Edward Ling.

Because of our fast-paced, harried lifestyle, eating healthily is almost next to none. More often than not, vegetables are absent or inadequate in family meals thus the need for supplementation. And since one sachet of Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass is equivalent to 10 kilos of vegetables, the “No veggie, No problem” slogan strongly appealed to individuals who deviate from vegetables in their diet.  Each sachet is not only loaded with nutrients, its patented Indoor Organic Cultivation (IOAC) process is an assurance of the product’s safety and purity that’s guaranteed free from bacteria, mold, and chemicals. Additionally, its organic fertilizer that allows roots to grow and spread even in the absence of soil that contains the cancer-fighting abscisic acid is what makes Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass a powerful concoction.  

The Father of Wellness, Edward Ling adds “Wheatgrass is all-natural and has a unique property of nourishing the blood. Another factor that brings the product to the consciousness of the consumers is the wheatgrass’ chlorophyll content, which is considered the “green blood” of the plants that helps to sweep out toxins and heavy metals in the body. Well-nourished blood means optimum cell regeneration, which makes oxygen and nutrients get to travel around the body freely. In addition, healthy blood flow is the foundation of good health and one of the secrets of long life, so paying attention to our blood health should be a serious goal. “

The brand has been synonymous with the longest-running brand ambassador, sportscaster and fitness advocate Dyan Castillejo who truly remains to be one of the most influential personalities of all time. Her admirable physique, active lifestyle, and wellness advocacies encapsulate Wheatgrass C.A.N.’s mission of changing lives with optimum health as the beginning.  “With the goal of reaching out to the next generation, fifteen-year-old Matthew Castilejo-Garcia joins her mom Dyan as one of the lead ambassadors of the brand. Now overtaking the world through tennis, Matthew’s burning passion for sports and wellness makes him the perfect fit to launch our products to the young consumers,” added Ling.

To welcome the year with a bang, Easy Pha-Max Wheatgrass recently celebrated its decade of success and long-standing market leadership at the Manila Polo Club. Industry leaders, ambassadors, partners, colleagues, and supporters gathered for a night of revelry and thanksgiving with the freshest update of what’s more to come. With its people, the main asset of the company, its top sales managers and leaders like Vice President, Head of Corporate and Consumer Health Jansen Calayag Senior Manager and Head of Marketing Corporate and Consumer Health Armi Montano were recognized for their hard work, dedication, and commitment during this event.  A strong advocate of preventive health, Wheatgrass C.A.N. International’s head and shoulders above success are merited to its hard-working team who share a passionate goal of transforming lives.  Its empowered and talented wellness consultants, administrative department, sales and marketing team who work behind the scenes are considered the company’s greatest asset in reaching the vision of a lifetime of health and wellness.

Easy Pha-max Wheatgrass comes in original, honey, and lemon flavors and available in all Mercury Drugstores, S&R, Watsons, and other leading supermarkets nationwide.  For order and inquiries, contact Customer Service Hotline at (02) 8901111 or 09055757799 and follow social media pages: Wheatgrass C.A.N on Facebook and ilovewheatgrass on Instagram and Twitter.

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One-of-a-Kind Gift Ideas You Can Use this Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is coming up, which means you’ll have to start looking for a gift soon.  Let Globe myBusiness, the micro, small, and medium enterprise arm of Globe Telecom, introduce you to some great ideas which you can use to wow your significant other.

This year, make Valentine’s Day one to remember when you treat your partner to:

A perfect combination

Those “His” and “Hers” items you find in department stores may seem cheesy to some, but there are more than a few products that are actually quite witty and useful, while at the same time very sweet. With a range that goes from pillows to towels to jewelry to clothing, there are more than a few ways to express your love!

A personalized keepsake

What could be more special than a gift that’s made for your partner alone? Personalized items have become such a hit that you’ll be sure to find names or initials on a multitude of items in just about any mall or shopping center. Make him or her feel one of a kind with something that’s undoubtedly theirs – just like you!

Try:

A handmade project

Nothing says “you mean a lot to me” like something you created with your own hands. This kind of gift adds the benefits of something personalized as well: not only is it unique, but it’s tailor-fit to what your partner needs and guaranteed to be useful and appreciated. Most of all, it shows you not only know your partner very well, but also care about what he or she needs.

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A gift that keeps on giving

Who says gifts can only be useful once? For the practical partner, even the most unusual “gift” can be romantic if it can be utilized for long. Splurge on something your partner needs around the house, or get them something they’ve always wanted. Not only will they be very grateful, they’ll also be sure to remember you each time they use it.

A delicious feast

Who doesn’t love to eat? Valentine’s Day counts as the ultimate date night. Turn the date itself into a gift by going somewhere extra special. Binge on delicious food, share bites and stories, and most of all relish the calm and romantic ambience that only a very good restaurant has to offer.

A little something for the Earth as well

All kinds of love can be (and are!) celebrated on Valentine’s Day, so extend your care to all the people who matter to both of you. Make sure you show your love for family and friends as well, and while you’re at it, why not give a little something to the Mother we all love, our own planet? You can even turn this into a project you and your partner work together on — because why not?

An experience to remember

It’s one thing to get your partner an object, but it’s a whole other thing to get him or her an experience. Do something you’ve never done as your relationship takes to new heights, and get to know each other better as you’re thrown into all kind of situations or adventures.

A chance to learn something new

If you’re a business owner and you don’t always have time outside of work, yet neither you nor your partner would pass up the chance to discover new things, why don’t you check out a workshop or activity you’ve never tried before? More than just the introduction to what could be a new hobby, it would also be a great bonding opportunity for you two.

Valentine’s Day should be a special occasion simply because it’s there for you to celebrate the most special people. Don’t let it go to waste by giving your partner exactly what he or she deserves — the best!

Globe myBusiness provides digital solutions to local entrepreneurs to help them grow their business.  Follow Globe myBusiness’ Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/globemybusiness/  and check out our wonderful surprises for Valentine’s Day!

 

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