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Chemical Allergy

Certain chemicals that trigger the immune system of the body, resulting in an allergic reaction is called chemical allergy. This allergic reaction is also called allergic contact dermatitis. The common chemical allergens include hair dyes, perfumes, skincare products, soaps, preservatives, and sunscreens. The symptoms include red skin, hives, scaly patches, blisters, and sun sensitivity.

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My face appears swollen and itchy after using the exfoliating solution. What should I do next?

Query: Hello doctor,I used an exfoliating solution for three days. It is supposed to be my fifth day of using it, but I stopped using it because my face looks so itchy and swollen. I think I have an allergic reaction. What is this, and what should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. As per your description, it seems you have irritant contact dermatitis due to Tretinoin and Hydroquinone chemical. It is a localized disease confined to the areas of exposure and may aggravate subsequent exposure. After cleaning the are...  Read Full »

After undergoing skin firming treatment, I have two large bulges on my lower face. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 34, and I used to get Botox once in every few months. I recently went to a plastic surgeon to have a consult for skin firming treatment. I was told that I am an excellent candidate for Sculptra facial injections. I was told that the facial injections would cause no down time and give...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You might be suffering from granuloma formation following allergic reaction to injected substance. In some cases, they may take years to subside. A physical examination is required to confirm the diagnosis, and a long course of Prednisolone may be needed to hasten the rec...  Read Full »

Why am I experiencing abdominal pain, burning tongue and throat, and gray-colored stools?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had severe reflux since January and was just diagnosed with GERD and grade C esophagitis in February. At the time the reflux started, I began having yellow stool with a lot of undigested food in it. My stool has not been brown once since this started and there is always undigested...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to To be very honest, it is little strange that you developed GERD symptoms in January and developed Grade C esophagitis due to reflux. Since most of the patients with chronic GERD do have acid reflux symptoms for many years before having worsening symptoms and developm...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest an ointment for quick relief of these itchy bumps.

Query: Hi doctor, I have this skin reaction for around a month now. They are itchy, red and tiny bumps. My doctor gave my Zatamil ointment to use but after that ointment I feel it as spreading. Is there any other ointment that can help to get rid of it quickly?  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I feel sorry for this situation. The most important aspect that I am interested in is how did you get this rash (attachment removed to protect patient identity)? Is it due to food allergy or medication induced or chemical allergy or plant or insect contact, etc? To addre...  Read Full »

Can getting walls painted cause breakouts and rashes?

Query: Hello doctor, Could painting our interior walls cause our 6-year-old to break out in a rash on her face? She has had mild eczema since she was a baby and is seen sometimes on her legs and arms. Shortly after we painted, a patchy rash appeared all over her face but nowhere else. If this is the cause,...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, it is very common for an eczematous child to get a reaction or allergy to any chemical. And yes, paint does contain such an ingredient which can irritate the child's skin. Keep the child's skin well moisturized by applying Vaseline. I suggest applying 1 % Hydrocort...  Read Full »

I have the symptoms of a urine infection and the pain is reducing slowly. Is this a chemical infection?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 35 years old. I have the symptoms of a urine infection. But five days after the beginning of the symptoms, I got a urine test, and no bacterial infection or STD were detected. I did an HIV test, which was also negative. The pain is reducing slowly, but I am still not back 100 %. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Gajanan Shirpad Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to By your description, it appears that you are having pain while passing urine. It could be due to infection, stone or simple inflammation. Urine shows bacteria only in case of infection. In the case of stone disease or inflammation, one can find red blood cells or whi...  Read Full »

My mom is allergic to Kumkum. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am asking a query on behalf of my mother. One year back, my mom got some allergy in the area where she applies kumkum (a powder she got used to putting it from many years in the centre of the forehead). The allergy has reduced after she consulted a doctor, but it left a black scar-li...  Read Full »

Dr. Shalini Patodiya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to has an allergy to kumkum. It is a very common problem. She needs to avoid Kumkum altogether. Whenever she applies kumkum, her problem will increase. As of now, I suggest her Momate cream (Mometasone furoate) twice daily and tablet Dazit (Desloratadine) once daily for ...  Read Full »

What is the reason for red patches on the inner skin of penis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have two little red patches on my penis inner skin. This has started after some excess of masturbation with oil massage at the massage parlor. But, sex was not done. What is the reason?  Read Full »

Dr. Vivekanandan Govindasamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From looking at the picture you have attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I think this is a chemical balanoposthitis, because of irritation from the oil used (inflammation of glans penis). I would suggest you Clop G ointment (combination of Clobetaso...  Read Full »

How to get rid of burning sensation in my hands due to reaction from a bathroom unblocker?

Query: Hello doctor, After using a bathroom unblocker, I seem to be getting a reaction on anything I touch in the bathroom. My hand feels like burning, and if I touch my face, it feels the same. I keep wearing gloves to prevent this. The unblocker was used a week ago, and I feel that particles somehow spre...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Usually, unblocker does not lead to such symptoms, and as you mentioned, you used it a week ago but still feel the sensation. If the blocker was too strong or maybe expired, then it can cause some symptoms. If not, the symptoms you are experiencing can be due to some oth...  Read Full »

Does lacquer exposure cause long-term health effects?

Query: Hi doctor, I did a do-it-yourself art project using lacquer on a wooden table about a year ago. I did not ventilate well and felt lightheaded the next day after the product dried. The lightheaded or dizziness effect went away after a few days when the product dried. I had felt no other negative sym...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. Usually, it does not cause such severe complications or long-term side effects; as you have mentioned, the exposure was one year ago, and it was just once. Occupational exposure can lead to specific side effects or d...  Read Full »

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