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The truth about lice

Have you ever had head lice when you were younger? Rarely do people admit to having them in the past because truthfully, head lice are embarrassing to have. Some of you who are parents may already know the situation all too well, as your kids may have had it at some point too. And if you think only children have them, you may want to think again. As long as someone in your household, school, or community have them, you may be susceptible to it as well. This week, let us find out how head lice starts, spreads, and the most effective and safest treatment available. A head lice is a dark-colored insect that needs and feeds off human blood to survive. Lice can live for 30 to 40 days on …

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In good hands

Take a look at your hands. Most of us are guilty of neglecting them, but hands are arguably the part of our bodies that are used the most for daily tasks and activities. And like the face, hands show signs of aging, too, from dark spots, wrinkles, to protruding veins. This week, let us learn how we can take proper care of our hands before infection, dryness, and premature aging can get out of hand. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, hands usually show signs of aging as early as your 20s, depending on the degree of sun exposure that can cause wrinkles and spots, frequency of hand washing that can cause skin dryness and irritation, and yes, even an individual’s weight, as thinner ones have less mass in their …

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When does your beauty start to fade?

They say that humans want to live longer, but are hesitant to look older. And it’s true, as most people, if not all, do not want the physical manifestations of growing old—less immunity to sickness, tiring easily, body pains here and there, and of course, the changes in their physical appearance. According to science, most cultures and races perceive youthfulness as healthier and more desirable over older and aging skin. This is why we are always racing against time, trying to reverse aging with lasers and surgical treatments, finding quick fixes in fillers, and delaying the onset of wrinkles with preventive creams and other products. In fact, scientists throughout the years have been on the quest for answers we all want to know: What causes aging? Why do some people age faster …

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Do away with Discoid Eczema

At some point in our lives, we have experienced minor skin injuries or burns, cuts, and insect bites that initially leave our skin itchy or sore, but will eventually go away as the red marks heal. However, there are instances when patches of red skin appear that are sore and very itchy that do not easily go away, and when they do, may sometimes recur. If this has happened to you, you may have discoid eczema, which we will learn about this week. Find out the symptoms, treatment, and how to prevent this particular skin condition. Discoid eczema means round or disc-shaped (discoid) inflammation of the skin (eczema). Eczema may also be referred to as dermatitis, and discoid eczema may also be called nummular (coin-shaped) dermatitis or nummular eczema. This condition …

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Hairy dilemma

Unwanted hair is annoying for most of us. Shaving, waxing, and plucking are some of the quick fixes that we do to take them all off. We should always remember to remove unwanted hair properly, as one may develop folliculitis, an inflammation of hair follicles. Read on how this can be treated and how you can prevent this infection that can spread to surrounding skin and may even cause permanent scarring (yikes!) on your scalp, chest, legs, buttocks, or other hair-prone areas. Folliculitis is common hair infection that causes the hair follicles and the scalp or skin to become red, sensitive, and tender. It is more prevalent among males, but females can have it as well. Folliculitis often affects the beard, back, arms, and legs, among other areas of the body. There are …

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Nailing it

Having nails done regularly, with the usual trim, color, and treatment, are as common nowadays as following a skin care regimen religiously or visiting the salon every few months for a trim. But keeping hands and feet perfectly manicured or pedicured won’t mask unhealthy, weak, and dull ones. Like keeping your skin smooth and your hair thick and bouncy, one must not forget to practice nail care, too! As you will read in this article, nail infections are ugly and harder to treat than other skin infections. Let us talk about onychomycosis and learn how to keep nails healthy, strong, and fungi-free! Shoes nowadays can come in any color, style, cut, and size, and at almost any price point, you can buy one or all. But while an attractive pair of …

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The real deal with fakes

Celebrities and the media play a big role in product sales. They sway consumer interest as easy as gaining a thousand Likes for a photo. Celebrities and media are so powerful that what they are seen wearing one day will become a trend the following week. Unfortunately, while some people cannot afford this lifestyle, they still want the prestige that goes with having what their idols have, may it be the latest “it” bag, clothing, or cosmetics, that they succumb to purchase knock-offs at a cost that is much less than an original. While imitations of bags and clothes are more about its appearance than how it was made, fake cosmetics pose a higher health risk as its ingredients matter as much as its appearance. As we will learn in …

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No sweat!

Many things can make you sweat—a good workout, spicy food, or just feeling nervous about, say, an upcoming presentation or a date. Sweating becomes bothersome, however, when it gets uncontrollable, like clammy hands, wiping sweat all the time, or layering clothes to hide a sweaty shirt, such that it affects an individual’s daily life. This week, let us discuss excessive sweating, also called hyperhidrosis, and how one can be saved from this “sticky” situation. Breaking a sweat is an important part of one’s health. It balances the body’s temperature by keeping it cool, it detoxifies the body through the release of bad toxins, and it opens and unclogs the skin of waste and bacteria. Sweat happens when the brain sends signals to the body’s nerves and along the millions of sweat glands in the skin …

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Do away with Dermatofibroma

Have you ever had an insect bite that left a red, round skin growth, like a pimple? This week, let’s talk about dermatofibroma, that round and red skin lesion that looks unpleasant to others. Is this a sign of something harmful? What causes it? If it appears, what should be done to remove it? Can dermatofibroma be prevented? Dermatofibroma, also called histiocytoma, is a round skin bump, usually less than one centimeter across, that can range in color, from pink to red or purple, or light brown to black, depending on a person’s skin color. It has no exact cause, but may appear after a minor skin gash or laceration, like an insect bite, splinter, or a thorn prick. Dermatofibroma may appear on any part of the body, but usually it is …

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Love your lady bits

We have always talked about skin issues on the face, back, and other parts of the body, but this week, let us pay attention to your private parts—the vulva. Yes, many are still confused and call the vulvar region the vagina, but in fact, the vagina is internal and the parts that we see outside—the vaginal lips (labia majora and labia minora), clitoris, mons pubis, and the urethral and vaginal opening—comprise the vulva. Did you know that we should take extra care down there too? This week, learn the tips to protect and care for your vulva and know when to seek professional help. Many women may have experienced some level of irritation like itchiness or dryness in the vulvar region, but most would not visit a doctor out of …

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