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Hydrocortisone cream can be used to treat the swelling and itching associated with an allergic reaction. Itching skin and a raised, bumpy rash at the site of contact are the most common signs of an allergic reaction to silicone. Silicone allergies tend to be very rare, but most medical scholars agree that they do exist in a small number of people.
People who suffer from this sort of allergy often have much more intense reactions when the substance actually enters their bodies, either as a result of an intentional cosmetic injection or a leak or break in a sealed implant. If silicone allergies are rare, truly life-threatening reactions are rarer still — but they happen.
Silicone is used in continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) masks worn by obstructive sleep apnea patients, and if one of these patients has an allergy to the substance he or she may experience anxiety and claustrophobia. A big part of understanding an allergic reaction to silicone is understanding the many forms of the substance. Medical grade silicone is an inert substance composed of polymers that are generally safe to use around living tissue. Industrial silicone used in household products and common accessories is not as pure or subject to as much testing as medical grade silicone, so there is a higher chance contaminants may be present.
In medical settings, fixing the problem may be as simple as outfitting devices like CPAP with barriers that keep the offending parts off the skin. Thank you for providing this detailed but concise information; it’s exactly what I needed to know but did not know enough to ask! The supplier told me no one else they service had ever had an allergy from the machine, and even my allergy doc told me it was impossible that the CPAP machine and my symptoms were related. I have been told by a chemist and doctors you can't be allergic to silicone, that no one is allergic to silicone. It is so frustrating that the medical industry still believes after all these years that there is not a reaction to silicone in some people.
More generalized symptoms can also include watery eyes, airway constriction, and anaphylactic shock, but these tend to be very rare. Most cases present as contact-based allergies, which means that the skin reacts in response to actually touching silicone or silicone-containing products.


Medications that include silicone either as an ingredient or a stabilizer can also be to blame. Anaphylaxis, also known as anaphylactic shock, is a medical emergency where the allergen triggers a histamine response in the body that results in sudden hives and swelling of the throat.
In most cases these symptoms aren’t strictly related to the allergy — most of the time, patients are predisposed for them from the outset — but the allergy often makes the condition much more pronounced, to the point where it can become debilitating.
This sort of material is used in catheters, baby bottle nipples, and facial implants among other things.
Most of the time implants are encapsulated in a tough shell from which the substance can’t escape.
Contaminants don’t always make allergies more likely, but they can aggravate preexisting conditions. This usually involves exposing a small region of skin, normally on the inner arm, to diluted pure silicon. I had a recent experience with very severe respiratory allergic symptoms after I got my new CPAP rig.
My keyword was “anxiety.” I have had problem with anxiety attacks for past several years corresponding to CPAP use.
I have a serious skin burn with blisters from wearing hold up stockings with silicon strips on the inside for holding them up. It took me a year to convince my eye doctor that it was my silicone contacts I was allergic to. People who have a bad reaction to silicone while wearing a therapeutic mask or while connected to a medical device made of the substance may also experience anxiety and claustrophobia, symptoms which often last for hours or days after the contact has stopped. A red, raised rash that is limited to the silicone zone is usually the first sign that something is wrong. When the allergen hits a person’s bloodstream it can cause watery eyes, blurred vision, dizziness, and nausea. This is different from a simple airway swelling since, if untreated, it can actually cut off a person’s oxygen and has been known to lead to a somewhat rapid death. It is usually the case that medical grade silicone is free of allergens, and most people with reactions have come into contact with commercial products that aren’t subject to the same regulations and purity standards.


It took me a month to figure out the potential source of the problem, and it was confirmed it by an overnight reduction in symptoms when I changed back to my old machine.
I am now elderly, which is the perfect excuse for any infirmity, but anyone who knew me through the years would testify anxiety was not part of my days!
I have been told they can't prove you have an allergy so you can't receive a letter to replace them.
For me, it causes weeping in the skin -- the same problem women who had burst breast implants had.
In particularly severe cases the airway can also constrict and the lungs can grow inflamed, making breathing difficult. Most people with a known allergy of this magnitude carry an epinephrine injection device that can buy them time until they can get to a hospital for treatment with adrenaline and supportive care. Many cleaners, some contact lenses, and a number of fashion elements incorporate this compound, and many rubber compounds include it as an ingredient, too. People who test positive are usually advised to either avoid silicone or take precautions to minimize their risk of flare-up or breakout.
It is conjecture at this point, but I have a skin test scheduled for next week for confirmation. Those little bracelets everyone wears made from silicone make my wrist swell after about four days.
It has many ongoing physiological effects and I have to maintain it via increased electrolyte intake due to the increased water change in my cells, and expectorant intake.
Localized swelling often still happens in these cases, but it usually happens in conjunction with these more serious consequences, which can make it harder to notice right away.




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