Allergies

Are You Worried About Silicone Allergy?

Silicone AllergySilicone allergy is extremely rare. Most cases of silicone allergies are caused by products which are not 100% silicone. Latex present in the product can also trigger allergy. Silicone is used in many products – most popularly in breast implants. However, it is also used in household products such as polishes, hand lotions, soaps, processed food, and chewing gum. And the number of cases of silicone allergy is very less.

We are exposed to silicone in our everyday life. Even injection needles are coated with silicone for its easy passage into the skin. So if you worried about getting your implants because of possible silicone allergy, it is less likely to happen.

Possible Factors which can Cause Silicone Allergy

The additives used in silicone can cause allergy. Ear buds and face masks can have latex or other materials along with silicone. So, you might be mistaking your latex allergy for silicone allergy. If you suspect silicone allergy, switch to a 100% silicone product and see the results.

Testing for Silicone Allergy

If you suspect silicone allergy, do consult a board certified allergist. He/she can conduct a skin prick test to check if you have an allergy. This test involves placing small amount of silicone on the skin. If you are allergic, you will experience a bump or a weal at the location.

Preventing Silicone Allergy

As silicone allergy is rare, make sure you try pure silicone products before deciding that you are allergic to silicone. If you are worried about possible silicone allergy or worried about getting breast implants, speak to a board certified allergist about taking allergy tests.

Silicone Allergy and Breast Implants

If you are about to have silicone breast implants and worried that you may have silicone allergy, this piece of information is for you. Silicone is an inert substance and is not known to cause allergies. Also, FDA studies have proved that breast implants do not lead to autoimmune disorders.

More than 40 years of research has been done on breast implants. And, the findings prove that silicone does not cause allergies or diseases. Since silicone is an inert substance, even testing may not be necessary.

The needles used for injections or intravenous lines are coated with silicone (to pass easily though the skin). So, if you have had an injection or IV previously, then you can take that as your allergy test.

2 responses to Are You Worried About Silicone Allergy?

  1. how can you find out whether a product labeled silicone, contains latex?

  2. here’s a couple of doozy’s: I am allergic to Benadryl which leaves me in the 1970’s for treatment in the E.R. after a bee sting….
    Oh, and those of you looking to find out whether you are allergic to certain substances… you’d be better off not getting skin prick tests… I had had them for at least two decades, nearly three — when after I had finally gotten so many new reactions and worse ones over time– even though I’d had allergy injections… only to find out I have an odd condition of the skin called Dermagraphitis..yeah strange. I knew I was allergic to cats, dogs, weeds, molds and the biggy… Latex. So, in an effort to do a good TEST patch my new Allergist, did these plus a control of simple saline. The control got a wheal at nearly a rating of 5 out of a variable rating between 1-5 which is usual for scratch tests (prick tests). Turns out my SKIN was so reactive that it proved why I was not responding well to my many years of injections as the dosing was WAY OFF due to the fact that my skin gave undefinable, variable reactions along with those things I was being tested for. So, RAST testing is better.. regardless… it’s quick, simple and just a vial or two of blood drawn gives you more definitive and accurate results! It may be more expensive… but well worth it!!!!!! It sure is better on children too.

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