August 2, 2018
Cradle Cap is definitely not the wearable type but it is the common name for seborrheic dermatitis. We know that these terms are probably those you won’t come across every day. Hence, allow us to elaborate.
Seborrhea is the over – activity of the sebaceous glands. The small glands that secrete a lubricating oily matter. This excessive secretion results in the skin becoming red, swollen and sore. In other words, cradle cap is yellow, greasy skin that may form discoloured, scaly and crusty patches or to make it, even more, clearer, it is baby dandruff.
Now, don’t go all out looking for shampoos and conditioners because the simple answer is “It is harmless.” Cradle Cap is just the result of your baby’s body adjusting to its new environment. That doesn’t mean you should just disregard cradle cap completely. Your baby’s body will usually work through the problem and stabilize itself on its own.
Apart from that, we’ve got some good news for you. Cradle Cap is neither painful nor contagious. This means that most of the time, your baby isn’t feeling any pain as a result of cradle cap. However, in severe cases, cradle cap may cause serious discomfort. If your little one’s skin seems inflamed or infected, see a paediatrician right away.
At the low end of the scale, it may manifest as slight redness and flaky skin as in the above figure. At the other end of the scale, the skin condition can result in extreme redness and look like a literal cap on the top of the head as given in the below picture.
They can also appear on other parts of the body as well.
To prevent and treat this skin condition, check out the following steps.
1) Wash your baby’s hair and scalp with a sulphate free baby shampoo.
2) Brush your baby’s scalp with a Soft Brush.
3) Apply baby oil before brushing.
4) Remember that cradle cap is the manifestation of an imbalance inside your baby’s body. You can treat the symptoms (the flaky skin), but it may take a while for the condition to completely disappear.
5) If your baby’s cradle cap doesn’t seem to be getting any better or if it looks infected, visit your doctor or paediatrician.
By following a few simple steps, such as shampooing daily and brushing your baby’s scalp with a soft brush, your baby’s cradle cap will soon disappear.
July 19, 2018
Most of you would find that usual topical creams don’t work well for some kind of acne. It is because there are cases when acne is caused due to the underlying hormonal conditions. These hormonal conditions include symptoms like irregular menstrual cycles, thinning of hair, excessive facial hair and weight gain.
Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. They are powerful chemicals that travel around your bloodstream telling tissues and organs what to do and control many of your body’s major processes, including metabolism and reproduction.
So when you have a hormonal imbalance, it absolutely means that you have too much or too little of certain hormones. Even tiny changes can have serious effects throughout your body.
To make it easier for you, we have a list of symptoms indicating hormonal imbalances:
• Heavy or irregular periods, including missed periods, stopped periods or frequent periods
• Hirsutism, or excessive hair on the face, chin or other parts of the body
• Acne on the face, chest or upper back
• Thinning hair or hair loss
• Obesity or trouble losing weight
If you have any of the above symptoms, then you need to consult a dermatologist immediately. Do not consider acne just a blemish. It could be an indication of something serious.
July 19, 2018
One of the most common skin infections for which people visit a skin specialist is a fungal infection or ringworm. This infection is neither painful nor burning but can get uncomfortable.
These infections are called ringworm because they appear in the form of a ring. Oh! And they also form red and itchy rashes on the skin.
Tinea Cruris or jock itch is a particular case when fungal infection occurs in the groin. Though not serious, they can be very unbearable to manage.
These infections spread from an infected person or even from infected pets. They can also spread because of unclean floors, shower stalls, locker room or even around a pool. So if any these places are unhygienic, be extremely cautious.
Where can fungal infections occur?
They can occur in any part of the body such as the groin, feet, head, and face and easily spread to the others part as well.
As you can see in the picture, these infections look subtle but require consultation of a dermatologist ASAP.
Fungal infections need proper medication and hygienic procedures. Here are a few steps you have to follow in order to avoid tinea infections:
1. Do not share any clothes or other wearable equipment with others.
2. Wear slippers in swimming pool areas, gym or public shower rooms.
3. Avoid tight clothes as they tend to dry the skin sooner.
4. Always wash with soap or shampoo after contact with others. Use antifungal cream.
5. Treat your pets from fungal infections.
6. If you find anyone with these infections, advise them to visit a dermatologist.
7. It is your foot that gets affected first with fungal infections. Especially for people working in dusty areas, wear socks first and then underwear to prevent tinea cruris from affecting the other parts of your body.
July 19, 2018
Nappies or diapers are oh-so-convenient for the baby. But have you realized that these diapers can be really heavy and can cause skin rashes? The pained look in the eyes or the frown on your baby’s lips says it all. Your baby could be affected with nappy rash.
The primary reason for a diaper or nappy rashes is long exposure to wetness. Yes! That’s right. It is long exposure to the urine & feces.
At first, let us understand how to classify these rashes.
1.Mild Nappy Rash
Faint pinkness in the nappy area and a few raised bumps can be termed as Mild Nappy Rash. To catch a glimpse, look at the baby bum picture below.
2.Moderate Nappy Rash
Definite pinkness is present in a large area and small areas of redness with scattered and raised bumps (papules) are seen. This is called Moderate Nappy Rash.
3.Severe Nappy Rash
Intense redness, peeling, raised bumps (papules) and some fluid- containing bumps (pustules) together constitute Severe Nappy Rash. As the name suggests the rash is very severe and requires consultation of a doctor.
There may be other reasons for these bum rashes:
• Rash due to the friction of diapers and/or tight clothing.
• Increased intake of solid food in baby’s diet
• Intake of antibiotics
• Irritation due to soap, detergent or fabric softener
We suggest three simple and easy steps to prevent those intolerable rashes:
1. Change the wet or soiled nappies and Clean the nappy area gently
2. Dry the baby thoroughly before putting on a new nappy. It is advised to always air dry the baby.
3. Protect the baby from moisture. Use a thick barrier cream before you put on the diaper to protect the baby’s tender skin from rashes.
Follow the above steps and give your baby a skin-friendly nappy experience.
July 19, 2018
HEAD LICE – THE OMG INSECT
Have you got an itching head? Do you feel the urge to scratch your head frequently? OMG! Then your head may be a home to lice.
Head lice are often found on the hair at the back of the neck or behind the ears. Although head lice can’t jump or fly, they can spread very easily through head-to-head contact or through shared clothing or personal items such as a hat, towel, or hairbrush. Contrary to the popular myth, personal hygiene has nothing to do with getting head lice.
Like any parent, you might have a few questions about life. Here’s a checklist to help you and your family, get rid of lice.
Step 1: Check your entire family for head lice
• Check all family members for lice and nits.
• Consider calling your doctor right away to set up an appointment and get lice treatment advice and guidance.
• If you suspect any family members, then it’s a good idea to take them to the doctor.
Step 2: Clarify with your doctor
• Ask about permethrin and various treatment options.
• Make sure you understand exactly how to use the medication.
• Follow the correct application steps to treat lice.
Step 3: Remove lice from your house
• Identify items that might contain head lice such as:
1. Pillows/bed linens
2. Stuffed animals
• Machine-wash all washable items in hot water (130°).
• Seal items that can’t be washed in plastic bags for 2 weeks.
Step 4: Share the information
• Call parents of children who may have been in close contact with yours.
• Cancel all sleepovers and play dates until you’re sure that your child is lice free.
• Notify your child’s school.
The next time you have an attack of lice, don’t feel embarrassed. Just kick-start your treatment or medication and start living lice-free.