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Vaginal Infections - Know Forms Of Them!

Vaginal Infections - Know Forms Of Them!

Burning and itching, along with an unpleasant odor, are common symptoms which indicate a vaginal infection. Vaginal infections, also known as vaginitis are common in women. All women experience some form of it during their lifetime. A vaginal infection may occur when the normal vaginal balance is affected. The balance may be disturbed by factors such as douches, changes in hormone level, certain antibiotic medicines, pregnancy and vaginal intercourse. There are several different types of vaginal infections, which commonly occur in women.

The most common of them are as follows:

  1. Yeast infections: This is the most common form of vaginitis. It is caused by a species of the Candida fungus. This fungis dwells in the body naturally in small numbers. They thrive in a moist, warm and airless environment, and commonly cause a vaginal infection if they grow in numbers in the vagina. A thick, white discharge is indicated in some women as a symptom of yeast infection. The discharge may resemble cottage cheese. Vaginal itching and redness of the vulva and vagina are also likely.
  2. Bacterial vaginosis: Along with yeast, bacteria known as lactobacilli naturally thrive in the vagina. When the count of this bacteria reduces too much, bacterial vaginosis or BV is triggered. The normal lactobacilli gets replaced by other harmful infection-causing bacteria. A common bacteria associated with this condition is gardnerella. A woman may experience a thick, whitish discharge or a clear and slippery discharge. A fishy odor during sexual intercourse may also be noticed.
  3. Trichomonas: This condition is the only vaginal infection, which is considered to be a true sexually transmitted infection. It is commonly called trich and is caused by a one-celled parasite known as trichomonas vaginalis. It is commonly transmitted during sexual intercourse. The symptoms of the condition are similar to other vaginal infections like burning, swelling of the vulva, vaginal discharge of yellow-grey and green color. Pain during urination and the presence of a fishy odor during sexual intercourse are also indicated.
  4. Chlamydia vaginitis: This is an STD which leads to the inflammation of the vagina. A discharge with Chlamydia is also likely in some women. Bleeding after sexual intercourse is another common symptom of this condition, which occurs from vaginal infection. Women above the age of 26 who are sexually active should undertake tests for this condition as in many cases it strikes without showing any symptoms. It is also capable of damaging a woman’s fertility.

It is recommended for you to consult a doctor upon experiencing the symptoms of any kind of vaginal infection. This will ensure proper and early diagnosis so that the condition does not deteriorate further.

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Actinic Keratosis - Know What It Is In Detail!

Actinic Keratosis - Know What It Is In Detail!

Actinic keratosis is a medical condition in which there is a formation of rough scaly patch on your skin due to excess and prolonged exposure to the sun's rays. It is also known as solar keratosis and is commonly found in the areas of ears, lips, forearms, scalp and neck. They take years to develop and a small percentage of cases can even develop into skin cancer. Read on more to find out all about the different causes and symptoms of actinic keratosis.

Causes: The primary cause for actinic keratosis is due to frequent or intense exposure to the UV rays either from the sun or from tanning beds. It has been seen that although people of all ages can be affected by actinic keratosis, people who are above the age of 40, people who live in sunny climates, people who have a history of frequent or intense exposure to the sun or sunburn, people with a history of actinic keratosis and people with a weak immune system are more prone to be affected by actinic keratosis.  

Symptoms: Actinic keratosis has distinct features and if you have developed such symptoms, then you are more than likely to be suffering from actinic keratosis. 

  1. Existence of rough, scaly or dry patches of skin concentrated in certain parts of the body. These patches are usually less than 1 inch in diameter. 
  2. They are usually flat and in some cases can be slightly raised in the form of a bump on the top most layer of the skin.
  3. In some instances, however, they can have the form of a hard wart like surface.
  4. These bumps or lesions can be pink, red, brown or flesh colored. 
  5. Intense itching and burning can occur in the affected area.
  6. Actinic keratosis occurs primarily in the areas of the body, which have been exposed to the sun's rays the most. These include the face, ears, lips, back of the hands, forearms, scalp and neck.

As it is very difficult to differentiate between cancerous and noncancerous spots, it is recommended to consult a doctor and opt for treatment.

4 Symptoms Of Pityriasis Rosea

4 Symptoms Of Pityriasis Rosea

Pityriasis rosea is a medical condition concerning the skin, which when contracted causes a rash. This condition can affect people of any age but it is usually seen to occur in people between the ages of 10 and 35. Pityriasis rosea is usually harmless. Read on more to find out all about the different causes, symptoms, prevention and treatments of pityriasis rosea.

Causes: Experts are unsure about the exact reason for the cause of pityriasis rosea. It is very different from other skin diseases as it is not caused due to an allergic reaction or caused due to fungal or bacterial infections. The rash is not contagious.

Symptoms: 

  1. Pityriasis rosea forms a rash which begins with a single, oval or round in shape pink patch which is scaly in nature and consists of a raised border. The size of the patch varies and can vary between 2cm to 10 cm in diameter.
  2. After a few days of the initial infection, salmon colored patches which vary in size from 1 to 2 cm in diameter appear in clusters in the chest, arms, back and abdominal regions.
  3. The patches which occur in the back often form vertically in an angular fashion such that its appearance is similar to that of a fir tree.
  4. The affected regions can cause severe itching in almost half the people who are affected by pityriasis rosea. The rash usually is cured in a span of 6 to 8 weeks but in certain cases it can persist for several months.

Treatment: Pityriasis rosea usually does not require any treatment. It usually goes away in the time span of 6 to 8 weeks. Itching can be subdued by using certain skin lotions and lubricants. If the itching is severe, your doctor might prescribe you certain anti-inflammatory medication. Certain antiviral medications also decrease the duration of the rash if they are taken at the beginning of the infection. In some cases exposure to sunlight also cures the rash very fast, but excess exposure to the sun can also cause sunburn and increase the risk of skin cancer.

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Contacts Vs Glasses - Which Is Best?

Contacts Vs Glasses - Which Is Best?

Eyeglasses and contact lenses are both used for vision correction. Both of the options have their advantages and disadvantages but a number of factors like lifestyle, comfort and age etc. are important while deciding which one to choose. Here is a list of the fundamental differences between using spectacles and using contact lenses:

1. Distance from the cornea
Lenses are worn directly on the eye and are in constant physical contact with the cornea while glasses are worn over the eyes. Contact lenses may cause infections in the eye because the user has to touch the eye in order to wear them and to take them off.

2. Difference in vision
Since the lenses of the spectacles are a little distance away from the eye, vision can be slightly distorted but contact lenses can provide natural and accurate vision. Also, side vision is not improved by glasses as you have to turn your head to see what is beside you. The contacts move around with your eyeballs and the peripheral vision is in focus.

3. Ease of use
Some people find eyeglasses difficult to use because of the constant weight on the face and the obstruction caused by the frames of the glasses. There may also be a constant need to adjust the frames. Often eyeglasses slip down the nose when you sweat or engage in rigorous physical activity. Contacts are free from all these hassles- they not distracting or obstructive and so they are extensively used by dancers and athletes. Spectacles are very uncomfortable to wear during the rains or in humid weather because they fog up.

4. Infections and complications
Contact lenses can get displaced inside the eye and they can be difficult to reposition. They also cause the eyes to itch and water if you wear them for a very long time at a stretch or if tiny dust particles enter your eyes. The use of eyeglasses is far more flexible in this respect- they can be removed in case your eye itches or burns, but regular use of glasses causes dark circles and bags under the eyes.

5. Aesthetic differences
People often prefer contact lenses as they do not change the physical appearance- they help you to look natural and you can also use colored lenses to change the color of your eyes. Glasses may look slightly unnatural but some people also prefer them for the fashion quotient.

Tinea Capitis - How Ayurveda Can Solve Your Problem?

Tinea Capitis - How Ayurveda Can Solve Your Problem?

Tinea Capitis is a kind of an infection of the scalp. It is mainly caused by a fungi, known as Trichophyton and Microsporum. This condition mainly affects children, who are either in their adolescence stage or in late childhood. Scaly patches tend to occur on the scalp having some dry hairs, which are brittle in nature, going along with the inflammation, pustules as well as itching.

Let us now take a look at some of the details before going into the Ayurvedic Treatments for this problem.

Symptoms of Tinea Capitis

The different symptoms of this Tinea Capitis, which people could come across are as follows:

Causes of Tinea Capitis

Tinea Capitis, which is basically a kind of fungus, grows in stratum corneum and through which it enters the keratin. Scalp tends to become infected and hair turning out to be brittle. The causes can be listed as follows:

  • Fungi known as Dermatophytes
  • Sweating, where the skin stays wet for a long period of time
  • Some sort of minor injuries related to nail or skin
  • If the hygiene is extremely poor
  • This can also get spread by cats

Ayurvedic Treatment for Tinea Capitis

In Ayurveda, there are two doshas, which cause the accumulation of toxins in the deeper tissues like nutrient plasma, blood, muscles and lymphatic are Kapha and Vata. They ultimately lead to the contamination of deeper tissues and hence, leads to ringworm Ayurveda looks to treat the disease by going into the root cause behind it. Natural treatment in Ayurveda can heal people out from this disorder without causing any kind of side-effects.

Some of the herbal remedies used for treating this condition are:

Neem Capsules: This is a 100% natural product, which gets obtained from needm, Azadirachta indica, which belongs to family Meliaceae. Benefits are:

  • Helps to maintain healthy skin
  • Contains anti-bacterial as well as anti-inflammatory properties
  • Effective in curing skin diseases like eczema, acne or fungal infections
  • Helps to balance out Vata Dosha

Gandhak Rasayan: These are herbal tablets made from Shuddh Gandhak. Rasayan refers to Rejuvenation. It contains natural properties to rejuvenate the body without having any side-effects. The tablets help to remove toxins from one’s body and assist in maintaining healthy skin. Two tablets for two times in a day with plain water after meals would prove to be effective in treating Tinea Capitis.

Arogyavardhini Vati: These are purely herbal tablets, which help in balancing out all the three doshas. The benefits:

  • It is anti-oxidant in nature
  • There are anti-fungal properties
  • Presence of anti-bacterial properties It is beneficial against different kinds of infectious disease. The ideal dose would be taking 2 tablets for two times in a day with normal water after meals.
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Homoeopathic Treatment Of Molluscum Contagiosum!

Homoeopathic Treatment Of Molluscum Contagiosum!

What is molluscum contagiosum?
Molluscum contagiosum is a viral infection caused by molluscum contagiosum virus characterized by presentation of small, pink, water filled, pink lesions with a dimple at the centre with occasional itch or sore and may be present singly or in groups.
The disease is self-limiting though take years sometimes to get resolved.
The condition is contagious and may spread through direct contact or via contaminated objects and lesion may spread to other areas of the body parts by touching the parts after scratching the lesion.
Though it is a self limiting disease, cryotherapy is advised but it is not an ideal way.

Symptoms & causes -

Painless, fluid filled, pinkish red papules on any part of the body which may itch occasionally.

Causes -

Molluscum contagiosum is caused by virus (mollascum contagiosum virus) causing fluid filled lesions.

Diagnosis & treatment -

  • Typical appearance of the rash is enough for diagnosis.
  • Skin scraping or biopsy would further confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment

  • Cryotherapy is advised but should not be done as it is not going to help.
  • The disease is self limiting so usually don't need any treatment as the rash disappears in 3-4 months.
  • Medicines can be given if they persist.

Management
Management include:

  • Counseling that the disease is self-limiting and would be gone in some time.
  • Advice on care of the rashes should be given.
  • Proper hygiene should be maintained.
  • Homeopathic medicines.


Homeopathic management -

  • Homeopathy can remove the lesions early and can help overcome the associated symptoms like itching, soreness and pain.
  • Few medicines for mollascums are- merc sol, thuja, graphites, sulphur, nitric acid.
  • But medicines should always be taken under guidance of qualified homoeopath as self medication may complicate the disease and make it worse.


Do’s and don’ts -
Do’s -

  • Maintain hygiene.

Don’ts -

  • Don't scratch the rashes.
  • Don't clean the rashes harshly

Tried And Tested Tips For Itchy Scalp Treatments!

Tried And Tested Tips For Itchy Scalp Treatments!

A relentlessly itchy and bleeding scalp is an infection that is exotic and wild enough to drive anyone suffering from it to the brink of suicide. I'm not exaggerating but if you're experiencing this hell of a condition and no doctor or dermatologist has been able to cure you, this article is the right one for you. You are not alone!

Itchy scalp treatments and causes:

The causes of a relentless itchy bleeding scalp are due to scalp infections brought about by contamination with an infected person or by not taking care of your hair or scalp. It can also be brought about by accidental damage to the scalp through the use of different kinds of harsh hair products. Secondly, your itchy scalp can be caused by hormonal imbalances resulting from a combination of stress and or diet.

If you are suffering from itchy scalp, sore scalp or flaky dry scalp with redness and rashes that drive you crazy then you may end up scalp picking. Do you constantly find yourself picking at & scratching? If yes, your instinct might be to immediately hunt for an effective product from the store shelf or from your doctor. However, most of these itchy scalp treatments that promise relief from dry scalp seem very attractive until you start reading the fine prints.

Many products in the market today are not the best choices to use for itchy scalp treatment. Here are three reasons why:

1. An itchy scalp treatment should never involve the use of hazardous or chemically engineered substances especially, Sodium Lauryl sulphate & silicon conditioners. Such type of treatments should never include any unnecessary ingredients.

2. A perfect itchy scalp treatment should never contain anything else other than natural ingredients.

3. Most people expect a shampoo to foam up nicely, smell good, take all the so-called "nasty" oiliness out of their hair, and make their hair feel squeaky-clean. Think about it! If your shampoo didn't foam up, smell good, or leave your hair feeling squeaky-clean, would you trust it? Well, 90% of commercial shampoos achieve the foaming effect to strip off not only dirt and grime but also those valuable natural oils that your scalp truly needs.

Yes, indeed your scalp needs oil. There is no other better natural protection for your head area. Your scalp needs to maintain a natural pH balance that if disturbed, it can develop into a dry, itchy irritated scalp. Good news; there are many natural remedies you can use with moisturizing oils and natural powerful alternatives. These products (i.e. Jojoba oil tea, tree, lavender, lemon and basil) heal & reverse any scalp problem by restoring balance safely. Oils act as an excellent scalp moisturizer, which helps to rebalance sebum. It is a promising itchy scalp treatment against dandruff and even lice. It also enlivens the scalp and brings the cells & follicles to attention.

Lastly, neem can also prove as a wonderful itching scalp treatment. Neem extracts and neem oils remove redness and itching when applied directly to your scalp. It's also a great skin conditioner above all else.



 

Vision - How Can Ayurveda Enhance It?

Vision - How Can Ayurveda Enhance It?

In Ayurveda, the term ‘drishti dosha’ has been used to refer to eyesight issues. Ayurveda has identified and also explained a number of eyesight disorders. It has identified the causes, symptoms and different kinds of treatment for these eye disorders.

Causes of frail eyesight:
Weak eyesight is a common problem faced by people nowadays. Its major causes are-

  1. Increased pollution in our surroundings leads to accumulation of dust within the eyes. This is a major cause of eye-related disorders.
  2. Excessive use of computers, laptops and smartphones stresses the eyes which are very sensitive organs.
  3. An unhealthy lifestyle including over-consumption of junk food, lack of sleep, irregular sleeping hours, mental disturbance and constant exposure to bright light weaken the eyes.

Symptoms:
Though the symptoms of eye-related problems vary from one type of disorder to another, there are certain common symptoms which include-

  1. Redness and watering of the eye
  2. Blurred vision
  3. Itching and burning of eyes
  4. Pain and swelling in or around the eye area
  5. Excessive blinking of the eyes

How Ayurveda Can Help?

Ayurveda has several remedies which one can use to correct eyesight. These remedies are easy to follow and include simple tasks one can undertake on a daily basis. These include-

  1. Indian gooseberry or amla is known to contain a high amount of Vitamin C, anti-oxidants and other nutrients to improve sight. The vitamin C contained in this fruit improves the function of the retina. One can consume 2-5 teaspoons of amla juice with some warm water in the morning and evening to improve vision. One can also consume the juice of this fruit with honey to improve the quality of vision.
  2. Visual acuity is used to determine visual strength. To improve visual acuity, there are several Ayurvedic remedies. One such remedy is to consume a mixture of fennel, almond and sugar with milk every day before bedtime. The three ingredients must be powdered and mixed in an equal ratio for this remedy.
  3. Coriander leaf juice can be mixed with honey and consumed fresh each day to improve vision.

Ayurveda provides several natural solutions to treat eye-related issues. One can practice these simple natural home remedies to improve vision.

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Itchy Scalps After Hair Transplant - Know The Causes & Ways To Deal With It!

Itchy Scalps After Hair Transplant - Know The Causes & Ways To Deal With It!

Confidence and a better sense of self-image can be born with a number of measures to prevent and repair the various factors that make one feel less than confident. Our face and hair are one of the major areas that make us feel confident and balding is a big cause that can leave people feeling shy in facing the world. A hair transplant procedure may seem like a simple one, but it comes with many implications as far as maintenance in the long run goes. Beside certain side effects, one will also have to indulge in proper habits for the upkeep of the transplant so that balding does not set in again. An itchy scalp may be a common occurrence after going through this surgery. Read on to know more about this.

  • Causes of Postoperative Itchiness: The scalp may undergo postoperative itchiness after the grafting process has been put into place because the scalp is still getting used to the new skin and the tingling sensation that will invariably be caused by the hair that is now busy growing from previously bald quarters. This itchy feeling can also come from the dryness that may be caused by the shampoo that one uses. Also, shampooing, in general, can cause dryness of these new grafts, which leads to an itching sensation. Further, the topical ointments that may have been prescribed can lead to an allergic reaction, which can also cause severe itching. Further, in extreme or drastic cases, the scalp may fall prey to infection and in such cases, itching is one of the first reactions or symptoms of the same. Finally, if you have been suffering from a skin condition, this can also lead to itching.
     
  • How to Deal with Itching: When you suffer from an itching scalp as a side effect after such a surgery, it is best to avoid scratching the surface as this may lead to bleeding and subsequent infection in the area. Ask your dermatologist for a change in the topical ointments so that you can avoid feeling the need to scratch and ensure that you also use a cold compress to keep the area suitably moist and also to soothe the excess itching sensation you may be feeling. You may damage the healing tissues by scratching within the first month after the surgery, so you must also ensure that your nails are cut.
     
  • Other Side Effects: Itching and scratching can give rise to other side effects after a hair transplant procedure. These include a pimple breakout, bruising due to constant abrasion, and mild swelling which can also lead to further itching. These typically go away with the itching in due time.
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Tinea Cruris - Know Preventive Measures For It!

Tinea Cruris - Know Preventive Measures For It!

Also known as jock itch, ‘Tinea Cruris’ is a fungal infection of the groin; it commonly occurs in men. This disorder is primarily caused by a fungus known as dermatophytes. It is characterized by an appearance of circular patches on the skin which look similar to a ring. They usually do no harm. However, if conditions are right they can 'invade' the skin, multiply and cause infection. The conditions fungi like best are warm, moist and airless areas of skin, such as the groin.

Causes-

The fungus primarily tends to grow on the moist and warm parts of the body, such as the buttocks, thighs or the groin region. Men who are overweight are at an increased risk because of the excess sweat that provides the perfect thriving spot for the fungus. Athletes are also more vulnerable to this condition. Sharing objects such as shoes, towels and combs can also be a source of this infection.

Symptoms-

The groin becomes itchy and irritable, mainly in the crease between the top of the leg and the genitals. It is more common in men, and the scrotum may also be itchy. A red rash then develops in the groin, usually with a definite edge or border. Both groins are commonly affected. The rash often spreads a short way down the inside of both thighs.

Sometimes the infection spreads to the skin on other parts of the body (or may have first started in another area, such as athlete's foot). Fungal infections do not usually go deeper than the skin into the body and are not usually serious. 

Treatment-

This condition is usually mild, hence, can be treated with over the counter medications. It takes about a week or two for the symptoms to clear up completely. Anti-fungal creams and lotions are useful in getting rid of the infection. It is recommended to carry on with the treatment even after the symptoms subside; till you complete the required dosage. Also, continue the anti-fungal medication for at least two weeks after symptomatic relief to prevent recurrence.

In addition to the treatments, there are certain preventive measures that you can adopt–

  1. Don’t wear the same set of clothes every day while exercising.

  2. Wear fresh and properly washed undergarments.

  3. Wear loose-fitting clothes; this prevents the area from getting too moist too soon.

  4. Apply medicated talcum powder on the infected areas.

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