Thursday, September 27, 2007

Acne & Diet

Acne & Diet: You Are What You Eat
By Sarah Rhodes

Severe AcneWhen your pores are not working properly, excessive toxins in the pores can lead to acne. Body odour is also a result of toxins coming out through the skin that should be moving out through the other elimination channels. If your body skin is clean and its pores are open and unclogged, toxins will move out through the pores without creating pimples or eruptions. The skin normally moves 1-2 pounds of toxins out of your skin daily. You can tell when your pores are open. You sweat freely during exercise. If you do not sweat much during hot weather or during exercise, then your skin pores are probably plugged.

It is not yet known exactly what causes adult acne, but several dermatologists link adult acne to hormone fluctuations. Acne in a woman is often linked to her menstrual cycle. Women with premenstrual acne outbreaks, such as pimples on the lower face and neck, seem to respond particularly well to treatment with medications that either reduce or block androgen production. You can forgo the androgen blocking hormones by properly consuming essential fatty acids such as those found in salmon and olive oil.

Contrary to the popular opinion, acne is not caused by sugar or greasy foods. Although they don't directly cause acne, they are overall not healthy for the body and can reduce the body's ability to build a strong immune system so you should consume in moderation. But cutting them out of your diet won't make your acne magically disappear.

If it is determined that your skin is too sensitive for tea tree oil, consider using a less potent substance. Most tea tree oil extracts come in a container that only holds pure tea tree oil. If this is the case, consider diluting the liquid to lessen its activity. Furthermore, if your skin shows any signs of reaction to the presence of tea tree oil or you experience any discomfort after using the extract, immediately discontinue the use and consult a dermatologist. Using a product that negatively affects your skin is almost as bad as not treating your acne at all, since the results--red, blotchy, swollen, or painful skin are often the same in both situations.

For most mild to moderate forms of acne, daily use of a good skin cleanser is enough to control the outbreaks. However, there are many forms of the disease that will require a more serious acne treatment for effective results. Acne on the back, sometimes called 'bacne', is often resistant to normal cleansers for instance. Bacne often requires additional cleansers that are too harsh to be used on facial areas, but work well on the back because the skin is much tougher there. Glycolic acid is one such cleanser that can be effective for acne on the back, upper arms, or legs, but is not recommended for the neck or face.

You have a zit and you want to hide it. So what do you do? Dip your concealer applicator in the bottle and apply the liquid cover directly to the inflamed zit, right. No. Reapplying concealer to your face with the applicator provided by the manufacturer does one thing only, spread more bacteria. Once you apply the concealer to your face with the applicator wand, you simply return it to the bottle where the bacteria have a whole container in which to flourish. Giving bacteria a breeding ground is what causes acne in the first place, so don't give them new real estate in which to reproduce.

About the Author
The author, Sarah Rhodes, suffered from acne for many years before finally discovering a cure that works. You can read about her and learn the secret home acne treatment that is guaranteed to work without doctors, prescriptions, or over-the-counter products. Visit Sarah's blog for more information.

Picture: Cartoon depiction of a person with severe acne.

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Skin Care & Rosacea

Skin Care & Rosacea
By Franchis Adam

RosaceaRosacea is a hard disease to deal with. Not only does it cause embarrassing and unsightly blemishes, but it can be painful and hard to keep under control. Unfortunately, many people with this disease don't get the proper help or use treatments that aren't effective for them, making the situation even worse. However, with the right information about exactly what this skin condition is caused by and how best to deal with it, it is possible to keep it under control and to be able to proudly show your face in public again.

First of all, it is extremely important to recognize exactly what rosacea's symptoms are. Many people aren't even aware that they are dealing with a serious condition, instead just believing that they have lousy skin or can't get rid of their adult acne. One of the most recognizable symptoms is a constant redness of the skin. This can be extremely noticeable, to the point that it looks like you have just overexerted yourself or have severe sunburn. Acne is also a key symptom. While it is normal for teens to get acne, many adults who are having problems with severe acne are actually suffering from rosacea. Along with acne, you may notice seborrheic dermatitis, bumps, and many noticeable blood vessels. For some people, the nose may also swell due to extra tissue in the area. Eye pain and blurry vision may also be problems because this condition sometimes affects the eyes as well as the face.

Like many conditions, rosacea is especially common in women. This is especially true during the time a woman is undergoing menopause, thanks to changing hormones and body chemistry. Caucasian women are more likely to get this condition than other races, and fair skinned Caucasians are the most likely sufferers. Most people start noticing symptoms between the ages of 30 and 60, though it is possible to have problems earlier or later in life. Though scientists aren't exactly sure about what causes this condition, it is currently believed to be partly inherited and partly due to environmental factors.

The unfortunate news is that there is no one cure-all for all cases of rosacea. However, between medical therapies, prescription drugs, and over the counter treatments, it is possible to find relief from the condition. The best thing is to start treatment as soon as possible because it seems that earlier treatment has better results. Even if you want to try natural treatments, it is probably a good idea to see a doctor so that you can consult with an expert who can help you figure out the best course of therapy.

The doctor can help you obtain treatments such as steroids, laser therapy, antibiotics, and skin creams, that may help relieve your condition. However, many of these treatments can be pretty hard on your skin and some can make the condition worse. Trial and error for your specific needs as well as the expertise of your doctor will help find the right combination for you. If you prefer to avoid conventional treatments, there are many creams and other products with natural ingredients that are worth trying.

Though the battle against rosacea is not easy, it is definitely worth fighting. Expect to spend a bit of time trying different treatments, but you are likely to find something that relieves the problem immensely.

About the Author
Article by Franchis Adam. For more skin care information and make up advice visit The Make Up Blog.

Picture: Rasacee couperose zones

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Excruciating Sciatica

Excruciating Sciatica
By Alexis

SciaticaHave you ever experienced such excruciating pain that standing up becomes a great difficulty? Sometimes, sitting down makes the pain even worse. A lot of people may be doing something so simple and yet a certain body movement would cause them unbearable pain. You may be experiencing sciatica.

What is Sciatica?
Sciatica, or sciatic nerve pain, is a condition in which the sciatic nerves in the body become inflamed. Sciatic nerves are found beginning at the lower spine and continue down the buttocks area, back of the legs, and into the feet. Symptoms of sciatica is characterized by a light tingling feeling or burning sensation to a full blown shooting pain that travels from the lower back, buttocks area, back of legs, and/or feet. More often than not, sciatic nerve pain affects only one side, although it could also be possible to run down both legs.

Sciatica could be a frightening experience especially if you do not realize what is happening. One may begin to feel like he/she will become crippled. However, most of the time sciatica can be treated effectively.

Causes of Sciatica
Sciatica may occur when the nerve in the lower spine become pinched, or if there is a slipped disk. Arthritis or a sprained ligament will narrow the passageways of the nerves which may cause the nerve endings to become tender and inflamed. Other causes of sciatica include an abscess, growth, or blood clot. But these can be rare.

Treatment of Sciatica
Since sciatic nerve pain is caused by a combined pressure and inflammation on the nerve root, treatment is generally focused on relieving both of these factors through non-surgical treatments and/or surgical methods.

Non-surgical sciatic nerve pain treatment may include one or a combination of medical treatments and alternative (non-medical) treatments. Most of the time, it includes some form of exercise and stretching.

If you are experiencing sciatica, it is advised to stay off your feet for the first few days. One of the things you must avoid is to get up and down repeatedly as this will only cause the nerve to become more irritated. Though some quarters pose question on the benefits of bed rest, still it is advisable at least for the first few days.

It may feel soothing to soak in warm baths to ease the pain. However, do not use heating pads while the nerve is inflamed. Prolonged heat will draw the inflammation in and will keep the swelling high. Rather, most healthcare professionals would advise the application of ice packs directly on the lower back area for 20 minutes at a time, every couple of hours. This may feel a little uncomfortable, but the cold packs will greatly help in reducing the swelling. Using mineral ice is also a good alternative in soothing the pain and offers a temporary sciatic relief.

Though some doctors may prescribe muscle relaxants for temporary relief of pain, caution is advised as to the side effects of these types of prescription drugs. Some medications can be addictive, or may give a false sense of feeling better.

Massage therapy is considered to be a highly effective non-surgical treatment as it can keep your spine in better alignment for longer periods of time. As soon as your back begins to heal, your doctor may give you stretching and low impact exercises so that your muscles won't stiffen too much. Be sure to engage in exercise only when your doctors approve it.

Alternative treatments that you might find available and helpful are acupressure, acupuncture, herbal therapies, homeopathy, biofeedback, and guided imagery to name just a few.

Surgical methods to remove the portion of the disc that is irritating the nerve root are micro discectomy or lumbar laminectomy, and discectomy. Surgery helps relieve both the pressure and the inflammation especially if the sciatic nerve pain is severe and has not been relieved through medical treatments.

About the Author
If you are looking for effective medication to deal with your back pain consider using Fioricet. For more health related articles visit America Pharmacy World.

Picture: Sciatica

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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Candida Yeast Infection

The Common Candida Yeast Infection
By Sarah Rhodes

Agar plate culture of Candida albicansMany different types of anti-fungal medicines are prescribed to treat Candidiasis, including Amphotericin B, fluconazole, nystatin and ketoconazole. Like many other prescription drugs, these often come with unwanted side effects, but may be necessary in the case of severe Candidiasis or where all other treatment options have failed.

Yeast infections can happen to any girl, and they're not related to having sex although they occasionally can be spread from one sexual partner to the other. This is quite rare, though, and the partner of someone who has a yeast infection does not automatically have to be treated. Yeast infections that are spread through sex are not considered a sexually transmitted disease (STD). A doctor won't be able to tell how you got a yeast infection, but will be able to tell you if you really have one, and if so, how to treat it.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should also consult your obstetrician/gynaecologist before beginning any over-the-counter treatments. There are some medications that should not be taken by pregnant women or women who are breastfeeding. In addition, girls under the age of 12 should be seen by a physician before using yeast infection medications.

Candidiasis (also called candidosis or moniliasis) is usually a mild, superficial fungal infection caused by the genus Candida. It usually infects the nails (onychomycosis), skin (diaper rash), or mucous membranes, especially the oropharynx (thrush), vagina (moniliasis), esophagus, and GI tract. Rarely, these fungi enter the bloodstream and invade the kidneys, lungs, endocardium, brain, or other structures, causing serious infections. Such systemic infection is most prevalent among drug abusers and patients already hospitalized, particularly diabetics, immunosuppressed patients, or patients receiving broad-spectrum antibiotics. The prognosis varies, depending on the patient’s resistance.

To help keep your vaginal area dry, try switching to all-cotton underwear and make sure you carefully dry off after you shower. If you can, wear cotton underwear to bed or don't wear any, and always wash and thoroughly dry your underwear before wearing them. Don't lounge around in a wet bathing suit and avoid jeans or pantyhose that are too tight.

A woman who has had one vaginal yeast infection can usually recognize its symptoms if it recurs. And a woman who has had several infections has no doubt about what's wrong when the next yeast infection starts. Another symptom is a thick, mostly odourless discharge. But this can be misleading because discharge in and of itself is not diagnostic. If you have a white discharge with an intense irritating itch, you may have an infection. Unfortunately, many women will, in response to increased oestrogen at mid-cycle and the increased production of cervical mucus, develop a white, curdy discharge. That is not a yeast infection.

Rarely, the yeast infection may spread throughout the body. In systemic candidal disease, up to 75 percent of people may die. Even common mouth and vaginal yeast infections can cause critical illness and can be more resistant to normal treatment.

About the Author
Sarah Rhodes suffered from chronic yeast infections for many years before finally discovering a natural, permanent cure that works. Read about Sarah and the secret that permanently cured her yeast infections at Yeast Infections No More.

Picture: Agar plate culture of Candida albicans.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Healthy Foods For Pregnant Women

Healthy Foods For Pregnant Women
By Michelle Van Otten

Calcium Supplement TabletsWhen shopping for healthy foods for pregnant women, there are a few items that should top your list every trip. With their high nutritional content, these types of foods will help mum and baby be as healthy as possible. Good choices in healthy foods for pregnant women include dairy products, proteins, and fresh produce.

Adding a Milk Moustache
It should come as no surprise that calcium is an important food for pregnant women. Of all the healthy foods for pregnant women, this is certainly the one that gets the most media attention. But what does it mean in terms of helping baby grow? Read on to learn more about calcium being a healthy food for pregnant women.

When pregnant women take in at least 1200 milligrams of calcium per day, they encourage strong bone growth for the baby as well as keep up their own stores of calcium. Because mum's body is going to be giving a lot of her own nutrition to baby, it's important that she gets enough calcium for both to stay strong.

Good sources of calcium include milks and cheeses, but also yogurt. If you're unable to have lactose because of an intolerance condition, soy milks work well too, and there are lactose-free milks available for purchase as well.

Adding Meats and Poultry
Just as with calcium, healthy foods for pregnant women are helping to create a strong body for both mum and for baby. When you are pregnant, your body is using up about 300 calories more each day to help nourish baby, but these calories can be burned off as muscle, if you're unable to get the right amount of protein.

Protein helps keep you strong and active during your pregnancy, as well as helps your body grow a strong and energetic child.

Adding Fruits and Vegetables to Your Basket
Of course, no advice on healthy foods for pregnant women can be complete without guidance to the produce section of your grocery store. By adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet, you will make sure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals for your child.

What you may want to do is choose organic produce whenever possible to make sure you are reducing your exposure to potential chemicals.

With healthy foods for pregnant women, you can ensure that mum and baby are going to be strong during the entire nine months and beyond.

About the Author
Michelle Van Otten is the founder and owner of Ultimate Body Potential located in Los Gatos, Ca. UBP offers personal training, fitness classes, outdoor fitness boot-camps and much more.

Picture: Calcium supplement tablets

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