Archive for October, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Tips to avoid getting razor bumps

Razor bumps are actually ingrown hair that causes red swellings on the face, especially due to incorrect shaving. Often, when one shaves, the hair might get cut at an awkward angle and then grow back into the skin, leading to this condition. Quite painful, razor bumps could also be caused by using dull blades or using the razor in an improper manner.

A few tips, however, can be followed to avoid getting razor bumps on the skin –

Apply shaving cream and let it remain on the area to be shaved for a few minuted before you start shaving.
Try using single blade razors, since the new-fangled three or four blade razors are truly not that effective and can have excess deposit sticking to the blades making shaving a difficult thing
Change your razor blades, regularly, at least once a week. Dull blades can lead to more razor bumps.
Never stretch the skin while shaving, since the hair might snap back and lead to bumps. Let your skin be relaxed when you shave.
The last but almost the most important tip, try to avoid shaving n a daily basis if you are prone to razor bumps.

Always try to remember that softer hair, relaxed skin and sharp blades are best for shaving and will always help you be razor bump free.

PostHeaderIcon Remedies for menopause

Menopause is a dreaded word in women’s circles, denoting such varied reactions as hot flashes, night sweats, headache, insomnia, depression, weight gain, fatigue and more. Menopause is actually the termination of a woman’s menstrual cycle and ovulation causing certain hormonal changes in the body that affect her physically and psychologically.

Menopause, however, can be treated quite easily and one need not remain depressed or irritable at all and can lead a normal life. Some of the most useful remedies for menopause include –

First thing is to visit a gynecologist who will help you understand menopause and its numerous effects on your body and mind.

A healthy diet that is full of nutrition is quite important. It best is one can avoid tea, coffee and alcohol and have as much fresh fruits and salads as possible.

A workout routine will help you fight out menopausal symptoms, though you really need to sweat it out – go gymming or have a swift jog that lasts for an hour or more.

Meet up with friends and form yourself a support group of like-minded individuals who will help you fight your menopause.

Every woman needs to remember that menopause is only a stage of life that is bound to happen, like when you had your first menstrual cycle or when you were pregnant. This too will pass, but you need to be strong to not let it take you down!

PostHeaderIcon Types of skin ailments

The skin is the largest organ in the human body and provides us sensory perceptions that help us live. Like all other organs, the skin is also quite susceptible to diseases, in fact, more so since it is always exposed. There are vast number of skin diseases that can affect the skin, the most common being skin rashes or allergies, acne and the like. Skin ailments are usually caused by hormonal changes, but they can be hereditary too.

The types of skin ailments that can affect the skin include –

Acne is the most common skin aliment and is generally called a pimple. Caused by the clogging up of skin pores by excess sebum, these affect individuals as young as 10 years old.

Eczema, which causes skin rashes or peeling off of the upper layer of the skin, is another common skin ailment.

Psoriasis is another skin ailment, which causes scaly skin, which is dry and inflamed and causes a lot of itching.

Dermatitis, where the skin becomes excessively dry, even to the point of peeling off is another skin ailment. This causes the skin to crack and become inflamed.

Apart from these common skin ailments, there are many others that are not listed here. In fact, skin ailments are the most common disease across the world. However, if one is a little conscious and careful with one’s skin, taking good care of it and eating a healthy diet, such skin ailments can be easily avoided.

PostHeaderIcon Nutritional benefits of guavas

Guava is a tropical fruit that has enormous nutritional value. It is rich in Vitamin C and other essential nutrients like calcium, carbohydrates, fiber, protein etc. Let us discuss about its benefits:

• Guava has high fiber and zero cholesterol that helps in reducing weight.
• Guava is rich in antioxidants that effectively prevent cancer and heart ailments.
• Guava also helps in preventing chronic ailments like Alzheimer’s, rheumatoid arthritis etc.
• Guava is very good for the digestive tracts and helps to strengthen them.
• Guava removes extra mucus from intestines and cures dysentery.
• Guava is extremely generous in lowering cholesterol and sugar levels in our body due to the complex carbohydrates present in them.

Guava is known for its healing properties in curing various ailments like acidosis, asthma, obesity, high blood pressure, epilepsy, oral ulcers, bacterial infections and so on. Besides, the fruit also works wonders on skin and eyes and you can feast on them anytime you feel like.

PostHeaderIcon Essentials about teen health

During teenage years, children embark on a new journey where not just physical changes but also emotional upheavals take place. Every teenager thinks their parents don’t understand them. Well, that apart, this is a crucial time of life when the foundation is being set for the future. Some of the health essentials that you may follow as a teen are:
• Eat healthy food like lots of green vegetables and fruits and avoid junk food, as bad diet will lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart problems in future.
• Be physically active and not a couch potato.
• Do not use any form of tobacco or drugs.
• Never drink and drive, it may be fatal.
• Unprotected sex can be extremely dangerous.
• Always discuss your problems with a confidante and maintain a friendly relation with parents to overcome stress.
• Always be careful while playing or riding, use headgears.

Enjoy your newfound freedom but never lose touch with your family, remember you guys belong together.

PostHeaderIcon What is bruxism?

Bruxism is the grinding of teeth that occurs in both adults and kids. Clenching of teeth due to anger is not bruxism. It is a serious problem that may lead to strong headaches, jaw discord and even damage the teeth. This may occur when one is sleeping and also during the day. Cause of bruxism may even be stress and so try to relieve stress through various means. But it is not easy to decide on your own if you are suffering form bruxism, so it is better to leave that task on a dentist himself.

The dentist fits a mouth guard in the patient’s mouth to stop bruxism. Besides, you may follow these tips to stop grinding:
• Avoid colas, chocolates, alcohol and coffee.
• Avoid chewing pencils or chewing gum.
• Also give hot compress on ears and cheeks to loosen them.

These may help you deals with the problem alongside your dentist’s advice.

PostHeaderIcon Know more about Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a result of a serious mental illness that begins to appear from as early as teenage years! The exact cause of the problem is unknown but researches are being carried out to know more. Certain traumatic experiences as a child may affect the psyche of the person and this illness may start developing. Schizophrenia alienates people from the real world into a world perceived by them. They start hallucinating and hearing voices in this world of their own.

Treatment of schizophrenia is basically symptomatic since not much is known about the root cause. Genetic structure and brain chemistry may be responsible for it. A strong family and social support along with psychotherapy are helpful to the patients. Patient may need to be on drug for a long time but it is important to prescribe the right drug. There are different types of schizophrenia that is determined by the specific symptoms.

PostHeaderIcon What is multiple personality disorder?

Multiple Personality Disorder or MPD is a mental illness that is chronic in nature. A person suffering from MPD has more two or more than personalities that have their unique characteristics. The person’s behavior is affected by these personalities and its looks as if there are many people residing in one person! MPD is prevalent in women more than men.

Causes:
Causes are often deep seated in their minds. They might have been victims of child abuse that had led them to make a world around them and dissociate themselves from reality to get rid of the intense pain. Thoughts and emotions are killed by dissociation and so the child is completely unaware of the situation.

Treatment:
Psychotherapy via hypnosis is an important treatment for Multiple Personality Disorder. Antidepressants and hospitalization are other means to control this illness. Treatment in any form is s must as it aggravates if not looked after professionally.